We haven't had a Venus with a snake for a very long time so, given our particular friend S has just bought one as a pet, we thought we would put another one up. We have never thought that S was particularly interested in snakes unless in the form of belts, boots or handbags, but there you are.
Anyway, today's Venus is Mexican-born actress Laura Harring who is best known for her appearance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) a film, we confess, that we have never seen.
She lived in Mexico until she was ten years old before moving to Texas. While living there she sustained a head injury in a drive by shooting at the age of 12 when she was hit by a stray bullet. She went to school in Switzerland when she was sixteen.
She returned to Texas and started entering beauty pageants; winning Miss El Paso and then Miss Texas. In 1985 this culminated in her being chosen as Miss USA, under her real name of Laura Martinez-Herring, at the age of 21. She was the first Latino to win the competition and the first winner not to have been born in America.
After this she travelled in Europe and India, working as a volunteer and helping to build schools and plant trees. As a result of winning the competition she was spotted by a film producer and cast in a TV movie about the Alamo; the first of many acting roles.
She married Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen, the grandson of Otto von Bismarck, the man who unified Germany and gave his name to the famous battleship. She met Bismarck-Schönhausen through his brother at her school in Switzerland and although she divorced him in 1989 she retains the title of Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen.
Now fifty years old and having suffered a lot of criticism for putting on weight a few years ago she now looks stunning, snake or no snake.