Annabella Sciorra

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Annabella Sciorra
Annabella Sciorra at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.JPG
Sciorra at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born
Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra

(1960-03-29) March 29, 1960 (age 62)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Joe Petruzzi
(m. 1989; div. 1993)

Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra (/ˈʃɔːrə/ SHOR, Italian: [ˈʃɔrra]; born March 29, 1960)[3] is an American actress and producer. She came to prominence with her film debut in True Love (1989), earning an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Female Lead. Subsequent projects included a mixture of mainstream and small-scale films in the drama, comedy, action and thriller genres, such as Cadillac Man, Internal Affairs, Reversal of Fortune (all 1990), Jungle Fever (1991), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Whispers in the Dark (both 1992), Romeo Is Bleeding, Mr. Wonderful, The Night We Never Met (all 1993), The Cure (1995), Cop Land, Mr. Jealousy (both 1997), What Dreams May Come (1998), Chasing Liberty (2004), and Find Me Guilty (2006). She has worked on three occasions with filmmaker Abel Ferrara: The Addiction (1995), The Funeral (1996), and New Rose Hotel (1998).

Outside of film, Sciorra has played recurring roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–2006), ER, The L Word (both 2007), CSI (2013), GLOW, Daredevil, Luke Cage (all 2018), Truth Be Told (2019–2020), New Amsterdam, Godfather of Harlem (both 2021), and Blue Bloods (2021–2022). She also starred as Kim Vicidomini in the CBS series Queens Supreme (2003) and as Nora Skoff in Fox's Mental (2009), and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for portraying Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos (2001–2004). Her stage credits include The Motherfucker with the Hat (Broadway, 2011), for which she received a Theatre World Award.

Sciorra was regarded as one of the key figures of the MeToo movement after speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and subsequently testifying at his sexual assault trial.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sciorra was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to Italian immigrant parents.[2] Her mother was a fashion stylist from Formia, Lazio, and her father a veterinarian from Carunchio, Abruzzo.[5][6] Sciorra studied dance as a child, and later took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[7]

Career[edit]

1989–1990: Film debut and early work[edit]

After making her professional acting debut with a supporting role in the 1988 television miniseries The Fortunate Pilgrim, where she appeared alongside Sophia Loren, Sciorra made her feature film debut playing the character of Donna in the 1989 romantic comedy-drama True Love. Her performance was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting, "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and hard-as-nails negotiating style, perfectly captures the mood of the film, and makes Donna fully and touchingly drawn".[8] The part earned Sciorra a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead the following year.[9]

Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, and the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune, in which she co-starred with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons (all 1990). The latter received three Academy Award nominations.[10]

1991–2000: Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and continued film career[edit]

Sciorra encountered widespread attention in 1991 with her co-lead role as Angie Tucci—opposite Wesley Snipes—in the acclaimed Spike Lee drama Jungle Fever,[11] which was shortlisted for the Palme d'Or at that year's Cannes Film Festival.[12] In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that Sciorra was "possessed of considerable presence, assurance and vulnerability".[13] The following year, she starred alongside Rebecca De Mornay in Curtis Hanson's successful psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992), which held the top position at the North American box office for four consecutive weeks.[14] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly felt that, with her portrayal of Claire Bartel, Sciorrra "brings her eye-of-the-storm serenity to the role of a passionately ordinary middle-class woman", giving an "accomplished performance",[15] while Variety said in their review: "A totally deglamorized Sciorra becomes unglued subtly and slowly, eliciting sympathy without begging for it".[16] In subsequent years the film has been regarded as one of the quintessential examples of 1990s genre filmmaking.[17][18]

Sciorra continued to work steadily throughout the decade. Film parts included the romantic lead—opposite Matthew Broderick—in The Night We Never Met; neo-noir crime thriller Romeo Is Bleeding, with Gary Oldman; Mr. Wonderful, with Matt Dillon (all 1993); cult filmmaker Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995) and The Funeral (1996); James Mangold's box office hit Cop Land (1997),[19] with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro; and the fantasy drama What Dreams May Come (1998), in which she co-starred for a second time with Robin Williams. Film critic Roger Ebert described her portrayal of Annie Nielsen in the latter as "heartbreakingly effective".[20]

2001–present: The Sopranos and subsequent television roles[edit]

In 2001, Sciorra received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo on HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Sopranos, a part—described as "career changing" by Entertainment Weekly[21]—she played intermittently until 2004.

In 2006, she co-starred with Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet. The film, based on the true story of the longest Mafia trial in American history, was described as "gripping" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who also called Sciorra's performance "excellent".[22]

Subsequent credits included starring roles in the CBS courtroom drama series Queens Supreme (2003) and the Fox medical drama Mental (2009), a recurring role as Detective Carolyn Barek on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–2006), and guest appearances on shows such as The L Word, ER, The Good Wife, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and GLOW.

In 2018, Sciorra played the guest role of Rosalie Carbone on the second season of Netflix's Luke Cage. Of Sciorra's casting, executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker said: "I've been a huge fan of hers since Jungle Fever, and [she's] no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven't seen her this gangster since [...] The Sopranos. I'm thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be [this show]".[23][24] Later that year, she reprised the role of Carbone for two episodes of Netflix's Daredevil.[25]

Between 2019–2020, Sciorra played the role of Erin Buhrman in seven episodes of the Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told.

Personal life[edit]

Sciorra was married to actor Joe Petruzzi from 1989 to 1993. In 2004, she began a relationship with Bobby Cannavale which lasted for three years; the relationship ended in 2007.[26]

In October 2017, Sciorra leveled allegations of rape against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.[27][28] In an article published by The New Yorker,[29] Sciorra alleged that Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in 1993, then over a number of years repeatedly harassed her.[11][27][30][31] Sciorra was the key witness addressing the predatory sexual assault charges during Weinstein's trial in 2020, leading to his conviction.[32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
1990 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actress[citation needed] True Love Nominated
1990 Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead[citation needed] True Love Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series[citation needed] The Sopranos Nominated
2011 Theatre World Award Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence[33] The Motherfucker with the Hat Won

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 True Love Donna
1990 Internal Affairs Heather Peck
Cadillac Man Donna
Reversal of Fortune Sarah
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Nicole TV Movie
The Hard Way Susan
Jungle Fever Angie Tucci
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Claire Bartel
Whispers in the Dark Ann Hecker
1993 The Night We Never Met Ellen Holder
Romeo Is Bleeding Natalie Grimaldi
Mr. Wonderful Leonora
1995 The Addiction Casanova
The Cure Linda
Favorite Deadly Sins Brenda TV Movie
1996 The Innocent Sleep Billie Hayman
Underworld Dr. Leah
The Funeral Jean
1997 Asteroid Lily McKee TV Movie
Little City Nina
Destination Anywhere: The Film Dorothy Video
Cop Land Liz Randone
Mr. Jealousy Ramona Ray
Highball Molly
1998 New Rose Hotel Madame Rosa
What Dreams May Come Annie Collins-Nielsen
2000 Above Suspicion Lisa Stockton [34]
King of the Jungle Mermaid
Once in the Life Maxine
2001 Sunday Betibù
Sam the Man Cass
Jenifer Meredith Estess TV Movie
2004 Chasing Liberty Cynthia Morales
American Crime Jane Berger Video
The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Jeanette Maier TV Movie
Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story Connie Volkos TV Movie
2005 12 and Holding Carla Chuang
2006 Find Me Guilty Bella DiNorscio
Marvelous Lara
2012 A Green Story Chloe
2013 The Maid's Room Mrs. Crawford
2014 Don Peyote Giulietta
Friends and Romans Angela DeMaio
Wishin' and Hopin' Ma
2015 Stranger in the House Mrs. Menabar
Alto Sofia Del Vecchio
2016 Back in the Day Mary
2019 The Kitchen Maria Coretti
2021 Before I Go Samantha [35]
TBA Fresh Kills Christine [36]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim Octavia Main Cast
2001 Touched by an Angel Dr. Sarah Conover Episode: "The Face of God"
2001-04 The Sopranos Gloria Trillo Recurring Cast: Season 3, Guest: Season 4-5
2003 Queens Supreme Judge Kim Vicidomini Main Cast
2004 The Handler - Episode: "The Big Fall"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Maggie Dettweiler Episode: "The Abominable Showman"
2005-06 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Carolyn Barek Main Cast: Season 5
2007 The L Word Kate Arden Recurring Cast: Season 4
ER Diana Moore Episode: "Photographs and Memories" & "Lights Out"
2009 Mental Nora Skoff Main Cast
2010 The Whole Truth Madeline Landon Episode: "When Cougars Attack"
2012 The Good Wife Lesli Rand Episode: "Waiting for Knock"
2013 Blue Bloods Grace Meherin Episode: "Front Page News"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nancy Brass Episode: "Skin in the Game" & "The Devil and D.B. Russell"
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Jeanette Vandercroix Episode: "Black Widow"
2017 Bull ADA Shelly Giordano Episode: "Bring it On"
2018 Luke Cage Rosalie Carbone Episode: "Can't Front on Me" & "They Reminisce Over You"
GLOW Rosalie Biagi Recurring Cast: Season 2
Daredevil Rosalie Carbone Episode: "Revelations" & "A New Napkin"
2019-20 Truth Be Told Erin Buhrman Recurring Cast: Season 1
2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carolyn Barek Episode: "Hunt, Trap, Rape, and Release" [37]
New Amsterdam Dr. Romy Lucio Recurring Cast: Season 3
Godfather of Harlem Fay Bonanno Recurring Cast: Season 3
The Blacklist Michaela Belucci Episode: "The Avenging Angel (No. 49)"
2021-22 Blue Bloods Faith Marconi Recurring Cast: Season 11, Guest: Season 12

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Those the River Keeps Susie Off-Broadway
1999 The Vagina Monologues Performer Off-Broadway
2004 Roar Hala Off-Broadway
2007 Spain Barbara Off-Broadway
2011 The Motherfucker with the Hat[38] Victoria Broadway
2015 A Month in the Country Lizaveta Off-Broadway

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources state that Sciorra was born in Weathersfield, Connecticut,[1] but she herself has stated she was in fact born in New York City.[2]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Annabella Sciorra". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  4. ^ "Annabella Sciorra Responds to Weinstein Guilty Verdict After 'Painful but Necessary' Testimony". TheWrap. February 24, 2020. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Applebaum, Stephen (December 18, 1998). "Don't cry for me Annabella". The Independent. Archived from the original on May 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Fusco, Maria Pia (April 30, 2000). "Sciorra: i film di Scorsese rovina di noi italo-americani". La Repubblica. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Annabella Sciorra biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  8. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 20, 1989). "Review/Film; 'True Love,' as It Is in the Italian Bronx". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Annabella Sciorra Signs With CAA (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. November 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "The 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  11. ^ a b Morris, Wesley (November 22, 2017). "Who We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Weinstein". The New York Times.
  12. ^ ""Jungle Fever' is spreading". Tampa Bay Times. May 18, 1991. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  13. ^ Turan, Kenneth (June 7, 1991). "Lee's Fury in Control in 'Fever'". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  15. ^ "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Entertainment Weekly. January 17, 1992. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  16. ^ "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". Variety. December 31, 1991. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  17. ^ "100 essential thrillers: 1990s". British Film Institute. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  18. ^ "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Best Forgotten 1990s Thriller". Screen Rant. September 4, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  19. ^ "Cop Land". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  20. ^ "What Dreams May Come". RogerEbert.com. October 2, 1998. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  21. ^ Burr, Ty (May 23, 2001). "The Sopranos leaves many plotlines unresolved". Entertainment Weekly.
  22. ^ Holden, Stephen (March 17, 2006). "A Bona Fide Soprano Entertains His Jury". The New York Times.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (March 15, 2018). "'Marvel's Luke Cage': Annabella Sciorra Joins Season 2 Of Netflix Series". The New York Times.
  24. ^ "Annabella Sciorra Joins 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Season 2". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  25. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 11, 2019). "Annabella Sciorra To Star In 'God The Worm' For Mainstay Entertainment". Deadline. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  26. ^ "Annabella Sciorra Splits From Bobby Cannavale". Starpulse.com. June 10, 2008. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  27. ^ a b Farrow, Ronan (October 28, 2017). "Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  28. ^ "New Harvey Weinstein sexual assault accusations emerge". Fox News. October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  29. ^ "Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein". The New Yorker. October 27, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  30. ^ Ransom, Joe (August 26, 2019). "Annabella Sciorra Will Testify Against Harvey Weinstein About Alleged Rape". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  31. ^ Pilkington, Ed (January 23, 2020). "Sopranos actor re-enacts alleged rape at Weinstein trial: 'I was trying to fight'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  32. ^ Wheeler, André; Gabbatt, Adam; Pilkington, Ed; Levin, Sam (February 25, 2020). "Harvey Weinstein taken into custody after landmark #MeToo trial – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved February 25, 2020 – via www.theguardian.com.
  33. ^ "Theatre World Awards - Theatre World Awards". www.theatreworldawards.org. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  34. ^ "Above Suspicion". RottenTomatoes. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  35. ^ Inc, Vision Films. "Vision Films to Release Dark Humor Self-Discovery Film "Before I Go" Starring Annabella Sciorra". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  36. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (November 18, 2021). "Annabella Sciorra to Star in Crime Drama 'Fresh Kills' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  37. ^ "Law and Order: SVU is Bringing Yet Another Franchise Vet Back in Season 22". January 16, 2021.
  38. ^ "Actress Annabella Sciorra swaps TV, film roles for Broadway part in 'The Motherf-- with the Hat'". New York Daily News. March 27, 2011.

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