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|Valentina La Paz|
|Full Name||Valentina La Paz|
|Behind the Scenes|
|First Appearance||"Mergers and Acquisitions"|
|Final Appearance||"Long Term Parking"|
|Portrayed By||Leslie Bega|
Valentina La Paz (portrayed by actress Leslie Bega) was Tony Soprano's girlfriend in Seasons 4 and 5 of "The Sopranos". She says that she was of a mixed Cuban-Italian heritage, hence her Spanish sounding surname. She initially was Ralph Cifaretto's girlfriend, and she met Tony at Hesh Rabkin's horse stables when Tony was meeting with Ralph.
She and Tony are quickly attracted to one another, and soon start an intimate relationship. After their first time together, Tony does not want to see Valentina anymore, mainly because she is dating Ralph Cifaretto. She reveals to Tony that Ralph has very strange sexual habits and is not meeting her needs. Tony's sister Janice confirms this to Tony, as Janice had previously dated Ralph. By happenstance, an elaborately manicured nail fall off her hand and into a pocket in Tony's trousers. This later gets discovered by an enraged Carmela when she is doing the laundry, although she does not get the full story.
Tony and Valentina continue their relationship until the end of Season 5, however Tony is worried the relationship is on the wrong track and would like to end it. One day she was cooking eggs for Tony and suggesting they take a holiday in Antiqua at a romantic spa. Distracted by this, she fails to notice her robe got too close to the pan and caught fire, which burns her body and singes her hair off. Though Tony rushes to give her immediate first aid, the burns are so intense she is hospitalized and rendered in and out of consciousness. While recovering in the hospital, Tony tells her he must go back to Carmela. Valentina is so groggy it is unknown if she accepts the break-up, instead reacting with horror to her baldness.