Maria Bello

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Maria Bello
Born Maria Elena Bello
(1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 47)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer, writer
Years active 1992–present
Partner(s) Clare Munn
Children 1 son

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. She 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). On 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 Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor.[1][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 in Radnor, Pennsylvania.[5][6] She majored in political science at Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions.[7]


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 canceled after eight weeks. She then appeared in the final three episodes 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] 2014 co-starred Frank Grillo in the James Wan produced thriller Demonic.[11]

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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2013, Bello wrote about having a same sex relationship with her partner and then friend, Clare Munn.[13][14] Bello has a son with former boyfriend Dan McDermott.[13]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mrs. Smith 13 episodes (September 20 – December 6, 1996)
1997–1998 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 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
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 Actress of the Year
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama
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
RiverRun International Film Festival's Jury Prize for Best Actress
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 Randall aka Shattered
2008 Downloading Nancy Nancy Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief May
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn O'Connell Replacing Rachel Weisz, who played Evy in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
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 Harper
2011 Carjacked Lorraine
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Jane Timoney 13 Episodes. Lead Role.
2012–2013 Touch Lucy Robbins
2013 Grown Ups 2 Sally Lamonsoff
2013 Prisoners Grace Dover
2013 Third Person Theresa
2014 Big Driver Tess Thorne
2015 McFarland, USA Cheryl
2015 Demonic Dr. Elizabeth Klein
2015 Max Steel Molly McGrath Filming
2015 Strings Post-production


  1. ^ "Maria Bello Biography (1967-)". Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Supporting, Encouraging and Challenging the WWME Community". eMatrimony. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "All'attrice Maria Bello l'Ischia Humanitarian Award / Actress Maria Bello: Ischia Humanitarian Award". Retrieved December 2, 2013. 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'". August 11, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maria Bello". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Maria Bello". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maria Bello",
  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". 
  10. ^ "CQ". Retrieved December 4, 2013. ... board members including founding board member Maria Bello... 
  11. ^ International Demonic Trailer Begins Haunting
  12. ^ Bello, Maria. "How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ 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 December 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bello, Maria (November 29, 2013). "Coming Out as a Modern Family -". The New York Times (New York: NYTC). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

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