Bello at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010
|Born||Maria Elena Bello
April 18, 1967
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) 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 TV series Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland, in 2013.
Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to school nurse and teacher Kathy and contractor Joe. Her father is Italian American with roots in Montella, Italy) and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School (Radnor, Pennsylvania).
Then she took an acting class during her senior year and was later cast in small off-Broadway plays such as The Killer Inside Me, Small Town Gals with Big Problems, and Urban Planning. Her early TV appearances were guest-starring spots on episodes of The Commish (1991), Due South (1994), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995), and ER (1997–98).
Bello's breakthrough came when the producers Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar cast her as Mrs. Smith in the TV series spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The show was cancelled after 8 weeks on the air (September 20-December 6, 1996). Then she guest-starred in the final 3 episode of ER 's third season (1997–1998) as feisty 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. She starred in the 2009 Sundance film The Yellow Handkerchief, which was released in theaters on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Bello sits on the board of The CQ Matrix Company.
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.
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