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Revision as of 15:09, 9 November 2013

Character
Maria Latore
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Appearances GTA III
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
Full Name Maria Latore
Aliases Maria
Maria Latorra
Maria Leone
Gender Gender::Female
Nationality American
Home Las Venturas
Salvatore's Gentlemen's Club in Saint Mark's, Liberty City
An apartment in Saint Mark's
Asuka Kasen's Condo in Newport, Liberty City
Family Salvatore Leone (husband)
Joey Leone (step son)
Main Affiliations Salvatore Leone (1992 - 2001)
Joey Leone (until 2001)
Leone Family (until 2001)
Toni Cipriani (until 2001)
Cedric Fotheringay (until 1998)
Asuka Kasen (until 2001)
Yakuza (until 2001)
Chico
Claude
Vehicles Black Stretch
Voiced by Debi Mazar (GTA III & GTA San Andreas)
Fiona Gallagher (GTA Liberty City Stories)

Maria Latore (also credited as Maria La Torra) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a main character in Grand Theft Auto III (set in 2001), a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992) and a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (set in 1998). She is the estranged wife of Leone Family Don Salvatore Leone and step mother to his son, Joey. She is voiced in GTA III and GTA San Andreas by Debi Mazar, who has also appeared in shows such as Entourage and Civil Wars, while in GTA Liberty City Stories she was voiced by Fiona Gallagher.

Character history

Life until 1998

Maria as a waitress at Caligula's Palace, Las Venturas.

Maria Latore was born in an unknown location, quite possibly in San Andreas, and later moved to Las Venturas and became a waitress at the Sindacco Family run Caligula's Palace casino. Later, after the Leone and Forelli families invest money into the casino, she meets and begins a relationship with Leone Don Salvatore Leone. At some point between 1992 and 1998 she marries Salvatore and moves into his home in Liberty City, before moving out into her own apartment in the same neighbourhood.

1998

In 1998, Maria and Salvatore's marriage is at rock bottom with the two not getting along and living separately, while Maria had become addicted to drugs. She had also begun to cheat on Salvatore, including with Biker leader Cedric "Wayne" Fotheringay, something that Salvatore was well aware of and often used in arguments. She attempted to sell Leone Family secrets to Ned Burner through e-mails, although the two never reached an agreement on a price. Toni Cipriani is assigned to chaperone her, often resulting in Toni rescuing her from trouble, including: helping her after she robbed three local stores, 'winning' her in a street race, killing Fortheringay after he attacked her, and saving her life after she overdosed. She shows romantic feelings toward Toni, who constantly declines her requests, although it takes a realisation that Toni has no money before she decided to stay with Salvatore: "I'm Salvatore's girl! He's loaded!"

Life until 2001

In 2001 she remains married to Salvatore Leone and has seemingly moved back in with him, although their relationship is remained at rock bottom, with Maria only remaining with Salvatore for his money. She is introduced to Claude, who she calls "Fido", by Salvatore who asks him to chaperone her for an evening. Maria, still addicted to drugs, has Claude take her to drug dealer Chico, who informed her of an illegal party at a warehouse in Atlantic Quays. Claude took her to the party and successfully managed to return her to Salvatore's home after being chased by the Liberty City Police Department. Maria later tells Salvatore that she and Claude had entered into a relationship, resulting in Salvatore attempting to kill Claude with a bomb-laden car. Maria, however, paged Claude and had him meet her at a small dock in Callahan Point. She introduced Claude to her old friend Asuka Kasen and the three fled to Staunton Island.

Asuka later hired Claude to kill Salvatore, resulting in Maria becoming a widow. Maria and Asuka engaged in various activities such as going on a holiday to avoid a paparazzi and shopping. Maria and Asuka eventually tortured Miguel together to extract information about the Colombian Cartels operations. Catalina, however, killed Asuka and Miguel, kidnapping Maria and taking her to Shoreside Vale, demanding Claude pay a $500,000 ransom. Claude paid the ransom at the Cartels headquarters but was ambushed by the Cartel. Claude killed the Cartel members and followed Catalina to Cochrane Dam, destroying her helicopter with a rocket launcher and rescuing Maria. The two begin to walk away from the scene with Maria talking continuously as the screen fades to black, at which point a gunshot is heard.

Personality

Maria is secure about her looks, although she has no control over herself, using drugs (and at one point almost overdosing) and spending a lot of Salvatore's money. Despite her ability to get money, she also shoplifts, leaving the trouble to either Salvatore or Toni Cipriani. She is also very dominating, a nymphomaniac, and perceives Salvatore's most trusted henchmen as lapdogs that do her bidding, calling them "fido" (as is the case with Claude in GTA III and Toni Cipriani in GTA Liberty City Stories).

Trivia

Maria Latore, in her leopard skin outfit, in GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • While it is possible that Claude kills Maria to end her speech, as a gunshot is heard after the screen fades out, her fate is left ambiguous after the events of GTA III by Rockstar Games.[1] On December 15, 2011 Rockstar stated via Newswire that "We're not sure about this. Some think he did, and some think he didn’t. Certainly in an original version of the script, Maria had a longer, really annoying speech, but then someone in the audio department wisely put an end to that. Quite what that means for Maria, who can say."[2]
  • Maria can be heard of Chatterbox FM in Grand Theft Auto III discussing Claude, stating that "he don't talk too much". This appearance appears throughout the game, including before she meets Claude and after her possible death, due to the radio stations being played on a loop.
  • Maria holds an interest in leopard skin furniture, which she references on Chatterbox FM in GTA III and is evident in her clothing in GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • Maria Latore is listed as Maria La Torra in the credits for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • The only time Maria doesn't wear anything with leopard print is in her appearance in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • Maria is brunette but her artwork for GTA Liberty City Stories depicts her as a blonde.
  • As can be seen in the mission "Biker Heat" in GTA Liberty City Stories, Maria is a fan of Love Fist; she has a poster of them on the wall above her bed.

Mission appearances

GTA III
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories

Gallery

References

  1. Rockstar Games Newswire
  2. [Top Story] Grand Theft Auto III: Your Questions Answered – Part One (Claude, Darkel & Other Characters), Rockstargames.com