vdl_bio_0616Veronica  De Laurentiis was born in Rome, Italy in 1950. She lived there with her family till her early twenties.  Her mother was the famed film star Silvana Mangano and her father the legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis.  At eighteen, she was cast in the movie Waterloo, starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer.  Instead, however, of pursuing the acting career which was her hearts desire, Veronica bowed to parental preference and married; after which for long years she focused exclusively upon her family.  Shortly after the birth of her third child, she and her then-husband left Italy for the United States, where her parents had moved one year earlier.  There she lived briefly in Florida and New York, and for many years has resided in Los Angeles.

Four years after the birth of her fourth child, she divorced. In order to support herself and her four children, she opened a fashion design studio where for twelve years she successfully designed women’s clothing under her own label. Throughout those years, nevertheless, she was unable to erase her half buried love of acting.

After remarrying, she closed her business and enrolled in a two-year intensive acting course.  She is now a working actress a best selling author, life coach and a humanitarian.  Her memoir Rivoglio La Mia  Vita (Claim My Life) was on the Italian best sellers list within a week.  It is a compelling and beautiful battle for truth. Her struggle to get the life she always wanted to have. Veronica now tours Italy speaking openly about rape, abuse, and the importance of breaking the silence as a tool for healing and change. She has become the voice to many voiceless women.

She wrote a second book Riprenditi La Tua Vita –  Le otto chiavi di Veronica  (Claim Your Life with  Veronica’s eight keys), which was published in Italy May 2009. And is working on a third book and a reality/inspirational TV show “Ask Veronica” to inspire and help women reclaim their lives.

Inspiring and helping others through her own experience is so important to her that she started a group “Claim your life” in Los Angeles where she inspires and helps women reclaim their lives through telling their stories.  In addition Veronica started a foundation to fight domestic violence in Italy.  Her mission with, Associazione Veronica De Laurentiis ONLUS,  is to help, educate and give a second chance to all victims of violence, abuse and stalking. The first “Silvana Mangano Center”, named in honor of her mother, opened in May of 2011 in Formia.

In March of 2008 she was chosen to play the role of the “mater dolorosa” in the Italian show “D’Ambra Grigia E Canfora” directed by Raffaele Curi and produced by Fondazione Alda Fendi.  In August of the same year she starred in the movie Pandemia directed by Lucio Fiorentino and is now preparing for a new project.

She lives between Los Angeles and Rome with her husband of seventeen years Ivan Kavalsky.