Sciorra was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father. Her father is Italian, and her mother is Cuban. Sciorra studied dance as a child, and later took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.\n', '
Sciorra made her feature film debut with a starring role in the 1989 comedy, True Love. She was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting: "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and her hard-as-nails negotiating style, perfectly captures the mood of the film, and makes Donna fully and touchingly drawn". The performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.\n', '
Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, and the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune (all 1990). The latter received three Academy Award nominations.\n', '