Maria Bello

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Maria Bello
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BornMaria Elena Bello
(1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 46)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Clare Munn
Children1 son
 
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Maria Bello
MariaBelloSept2013TIFF.jpg
BornMaria Elena Bello
(1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 46)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Clare Munn
Children1 son

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967)[1] is an American actress and singer, who has appeared in the movies Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). In television, she is known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER (1997–1998). She starred as Lucy Robbins on the Fox series Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland, in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to school nurse and teacher Kathy and contractor Joe.[2] Her father is Italian American with roots in Montella, Italy,[3] and her mother is Polish American.[4] She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School (Radnor, Pennsylvania).[5][6]

Later, she majored in political science at Villanova University. Then she took an acting class and following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions.[7]

Career[edit]

Bello at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010

Bello's early TV appearances include episodes of The Commish (1991), Due South (1994), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995), and ER (1997–98).

Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Mrs. Smith in the TV series spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith, though the show was cancelled after eight weeks. She then appeared in the final three episode of the third season of ER as pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico and was a regular cast member during the medical drama's fourth season.

Bello moved on to movies, landing a role in Coyote Ugly (2000). She was nominated for the Golden Globe award twice: for Best Supporting Actress in The Cooler (2003) and for Best Actress in A History of Violence (2005). She starred in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) as Jocelyn.

In 2008, Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn O'Connell. In December 2008, Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello will also serve as an executive producer.[8] She starred in the 2009 Sundance film The Yellow Handkerchief, which was released in theaters on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In 2010 Bello guest starred in 2 episodes of Law & Order: SVU;[9] the next year she starred in the TV series Prime Suspect, which was canceled after 13 episodes.

Bello sits on the board of The CQ Matrix Company.[10]

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Bello founded WE ADVANCE with Aleda Frishman, Alison Thompson, and Barbara Guillaume, an organization that creates a grassroot movement empowering Haitian women to collaborate toward making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to GBV (Gender-based Violence) within their communities. The organization seeks to act as a central agency to network the organizations working on women's issues in Haiti and to provide urgent care to women victimized by the disaster. Currently their programs are headquartered in one health clinic and one community outreach center in Cité Soleil, Haiti.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2013, Bello wrote about having a same sex relationship with her partner and then friend, Clare Munn.[12][13] Bello has a son with former boyfriend Dan McDermott.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Mr. & Mrs. SmithMrs. Smith13 episodes (September 20 – December 6, 1996)
1997–1998ERDr. Anna Del Amico25 episodes (1997–1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
1998Permanent MidnightKitty
1999PaybackRosie
2000Coyote UglyLil LovellBlockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
2000DuetsSuzi Loomis
2002Auto FocusPatricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis
2003Cooler, TheThe CoolerNatalie BelisarioSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
2004Silver CityNora Allardyce
2004Secret WindowAmy Rainey
2005Assault on Precinct 13Alex Sabian
2005History of Violence, AA History of ViolenceEdie StallCentral Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Performance
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Village Voice Film Poll - Best Supporting Performance
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2005Dark, TheThe DarkAdele
2006Thank You for SmokingPolly Bailey
2006Sisters, TheThe SistersMarcia Prior GlassDixie Film Festival Prize for Outstanding Actress in a Film
RiverRun International Film Festival's Jury Prize for Best Actress
2006FlickaNell McLaughlin
2006World Trade CenterDonna McLoughlin
2007Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book ClubJocelyn
2007TowelheadGail
2007Butterfly on a WheelAbby Randallaka Shattered
2008Downloading NancyNancyNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow HandkerchiefMay
2008The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorEvelyn O'ConnellReplacing Rachel Weisz, who played Evy in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
2009Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa LeeSuky
2010Company Men, TheThe Company MenSally Wilcox
2010Grown UpsSally Lamonsoff
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVivian Arliss2 episodes
2011Beautiful BoyKate Carroll
2011AbductionMara Harper
2011CarjackedLorraine
2011–2012Prime SuspectJane Timoney13 Episodes. Lead Role.
2012–2013TouchLucy Robbins
2013Grown Ups 2Sally Lamonsoff
2013PrisonersGrace Dover
2013Third PersonTheresa
2014StringsPost-production
2014DemonicDr. Elizabeth KleinPost-production
2014McFarlandCherylFilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maria Bello Biography (1967-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Supporting, Encouraging and Challenging the WWME Community". eMatrimony. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. ^ "All'attrice Maria Bello l'Ischia Humanitarian Award / Actress Maria Bello: Ischia Humanitarian Award". Napoli.repubblica.it. Retrieved 2013-12-02. "Il nonni paterni di Maria Bello, 45 anni, erano originari di Montella, in provincia di Avellino / The paternal grandparents of Maria Bello, 45, were from Montella, Avellino"  (in Italian)
  4. ^ "Maria Bello, 'Getting Better and Better'". Washingtonpost.com. 2006-08-11. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Maria Bello". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Maria Bello". AskMen.com. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maria Bello", NYTimes.com
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 21, 2008). "HBO seals deal with Maria Bello". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Maria Bello Signs On to SVU". TVGuide.com. 
  10. ^ "CQ". ClareMunn.con. Retrieved 2013-12-04. "... board members including founding board member Maria Bello..." 
  11. ^ Bello, Maria. "How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Eggenberger, Nicole (December 2, 2013). "Maria Bello Shares 'Modern Family' Picture With Girlfriend Clare Munn and Ex-Boyfriend Dan McDermott After Coming Out as Gay". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  13. ^ Bello, Maria (November 29, 2013). "Coming Out as a Modern Family - NYTimes.com". The New York Times (New York: NYTC). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

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