Maria Bello


Maria Bello
Maria Bello

at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010
Born Maria Elena Bello
April 18, 1967 (1967-04-18) (age 44)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1992–present
Partner Dan McDermott (1 child)
Bryn Mooser (engaged July 2008 - September 2010)

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and singer known for her appearances in the movies Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Permanent Midnight, Thank You for Smoking, A History of Violence, Payback, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. For television she is known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER.

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Early life

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kathy, a teacher and school nurse, and Joe Bello, a contractor.[1] Her father is Italian American and her mother Polish American.[2][3][4] She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School (Radnor, Pennsylvania).[5][6] Later she attended Villanova University, majoring in political science. She intended to become a lawyer, but took an acting class during her senior year, just for fun. She was soon cast in small off-Broadway plays, such as The Killer Inside Me, Small Town Gals With Big Problems and Urban Planning. She later guest-starred on episodes of The Commish (1991), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995) Due South (1994), and ER (1997–98).

Career

Bello's breakthrough came when the producers Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar cast her as Mrs. Smith in the spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The show was cancelled after just eight weeks on the air. Then came a guest stint on ER as the feisty pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico, in which she guest-starred in the final three episodes of the third season. Bello remained on the show for one season as a regular cast member, departing after the medical drama's 4th season. The actress went on into movies landing a role in Coyote Ugly. She has been 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 also starred in The Jane Austen Book Club as Jocelyn.

In 2008 Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evy O'Connell, taking over from Rachel Weisz. Bello has stated that she has signed up for three more Mummy films.[citation needed]

In December 2008 Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello will also serve as an executive producer.[7]

Bello's latest project, the 2009 Sundance film The Yellow Handkerchief, was released in theaters on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

It was announced in 2010 that Bello will guest-star in two episodes of Law & Order: SVU.[8]

Bello stars in the NBC TV series Prime Suspect in fall of 2011.

Personal life

Bello has a son named Jackson Blue, born in 2001, with former long-time boyfriend Dan McDermott. She became engaged to musician Bryn Mooser in July 2008 ,[9][10] but they broke off their engagement some time before October 2010.[citation needed]

According to reports, her best friend is actress Carrie-Anne Moss, best known for her role in The Matrix, and each serves as godmother to the other's first-born child.[11]

Bello is a Muay Thai practitioner.

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, Bello along with Aleda Frishman, Alison Thompson, and Barbara Guillaume founded WE ADVANCE, an organization which 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.[12]

Bello sits on the board of The CQ Matrix company.[13]

Filmography

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 ER Dr. Anna Del Amico 25 episodes (1997–1998)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
1998 Permanent Midnight Kitty
1999 Payback Rosie
2000 Coyote Ugly Lil Lovell Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
2000 Duets Suzi Loomis
2002 Auto Focus Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis
2003 Cooler, TheThe Cooler Natalie Belisario Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
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
2004 Silver City Nora Allardyce
2004 Secret Window Amy Rainey
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Alex Sabian
2005 History of Violence, AA History of Violence Edie Stall Central 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 Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
2005 Dark, TheThe Dark Adele
2006 Thank You for Smoking Polly Bailey
2006 Sisters, TheThe Sisters Marcia Prior Glass Dixie Film Festival Prize for Outstanding Actress in a Film
2006 Flicka Nell McLaughlin
2006 World Trade Center Donna McLoughlin
2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Jocelyn
2007 Towelhead Gail
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Abby Warner aka Shattered
2008 Downloading Nancy Nancy Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief May
2008 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, TheThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell
2009 Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee Suky
2010 Company Men, TheThe Company Men Sally Wilcox
2010 Grown Ups Sally Lamonsoff
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vivian Arliss 2 episodes
2011 Beautiful Boy Kate Carroll
2011 Abduction Mara
2011 Carjacked Lorraine
2011 Prime Suspect Jane Timoney

References

  1. ^ eMatrimony – Supporting, Encouraging and Challenging the WWME Community
  2. ^ "Maria Bello: after more than a decade of not being the one, suddenly she's well on her way" from FindArticles.com (originally published in Interview magazine)
  3. ^ Bello epoque – interview with actress Maria Bello from FindArticles.com (originally published in Interview magazine)
  4. ^ McCarthy, Ellen. Maria Bello, 'Getting Better and Better', The Washington Post, August 11, 2006. Accessed May 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "Maria Bello". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800019251/bio. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Maria Bello". AskMen.com. http://www.askmen.com/celebs/women/actress_250/258_maria_bello.html. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  7. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 21, 2008). "HBO seals deal with Maria Bello". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117997700.html. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Maria Bello Signs On to SVU". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Maria-Bello-SVU-1020700.aspx. 
  9. ^ "Maria Bello gets engaged". Fametastic.co.uk. 2008-07-29. http://fametastic.co.uk/archive/20080729/12465/maria-bello-gets-engaged/. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  10. ^ Actress Maria Bello Engaged, Us Magazine, July 28, 2008. Accessed September 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "Full of Grace: Maria Bello". NewYorkPost.com. 2008-07-28. http://www.nypost.com/pagesixmag/issues/20080727/Full+Grace+Maria+Bello. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  12. ^ Bello, Maria. "How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-bello/how-to-advance-our-money-_b_808004.html. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Bello, Maria. "CQ". MariaBello.com. http://mariabello.com/cq/. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 

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