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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 42)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Domestic partner(s) Dan McDermott
Bryn Mooser (engaged July 2008)

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress best known for her appearances in the movies Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Thank You for Smoking, and A History of Violence. For television she's best 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). 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.[5]

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

Personal life

Bello has a son named Jackson Blue, born in 2001, with former long-time boyfriend Dan McDermott. Bello is also a Muay Thai practitioner. In July 2008 she became engaged to musician Bryn Mooser; a date for the wedding has not been announced.[6] Bello and Carrie-Anne Moss of The Matrix are best friends, and they are godmother to each others' first-born children.[7]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1997 ER Dr. Anna Del Amico 25 episodes (1997–2009)
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
Duets Suzi Loomis
2002 Auto Focus Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis
2003 The 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
2004 Silver City Nora Allardyce
Secret Window Amy Rainey
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Alex Sabian
A 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 Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
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
The Dark Adele
2006 Thank You For Smoking Polly Bailey
The Sisters Marcia Prior Glass
Flicka Nell McLaughlin
World Trade Center Donna McLoughlin
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Jocelyn
Towelhead Gail
Butterfly on a Wheel Abby Warner aka Shattered
2008 Downloading Nancy Nancy Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
The Yellow Handkerchief May
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Suky
2010 The Company Men Sally Wilcox post-production
Grown Ups Sally Lamonsoff post-production

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. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 21, 2008). "HBO seals deal with Maria Bello". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117997700.html. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  6. ^ Actress Maria Bello Engaged, Us Magazine, July 28, 2008. Accessed September 10, 2008. During interview while promoting The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Bello voiced her support for Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.[5]
  7. ^ http://fametastic.co.uk/archive/20080729/12465/maria-bello-gets-engaged/

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