Maria Bello

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Maria Bello
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Bello in 2016
Born
Maria Elena Bello

(1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 53)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Dominique Crenn (engaged 2019)[1]
Children1

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. Her film roles include Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Prisoners (2013), and Lights Out (2016). On television, Bello appeared as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the medical drama ER (1997–1998), with other starring roles including as Lucy Robbins on the series Touch in 2013, as Michelle McBride on the first season of the series Goliath in 2016, and since 2017 as Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane on the series NCIS.

The Guardian named her one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor.[3][4] Her father is Italian American, with roots in Montella, Italy,[5] and her mother is Polish American.[6] She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania.[7][8] She majored in political science at Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions.[9]

Career[edit]

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 cancelled after 8 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 films, 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 and as Dr. Alex Sabian in the 2005 film Assault on Precinct 13 a remake of the original 1976 movie originally made by John Carpenter. In 2008, she starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn O'Connell.[10] In December 2008, Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello was planned to also serve as an executive producer.[11] She starred in the 2009 drama film The Yellow Handkerchief, which was released in theatres on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In 2010, Bello guest-starred in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[12] The following year, she starred in the TV series Prime Suspect,[13] which was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 2011, she became a founding board member of the CQ Matrix Company, a company created by her then-partner, Clare Munn, to help clients achieve "transformative living and the power of intelligent exchange" by enhancing their communication quotient.[14] In 2014, she starred alongside Frank Grillo in the James Wan-produced thriller Demonic.[15]

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Bello founded WE ADVANCE with Aleda Frishman, Alison Thompson, and Barbara Guillaume. It is an organization that encourages Haitian women to collaborate in making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to domestic violence within their communities. Currently, the organization is based in a health clinic and a community outreach center in Cité Soleil.[16] Bello is also a board member of Darfur Women Action Group, an NGO that undertakes activism on behalf of genocide victims of the Darfur conflict.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Bello has a son with her former boyfriend Dan McDermott.[18] In November 2013, she wrote about having a same-sex relationship with her then-partner, Clare Munn.[18][19] She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street Books, April 28, 2015).[citation needed]

In February 2020, while attending the 92nd Academy Awards in their first public appearance as a couple, Bello announced she and chef Dominique Crenn had gotten engaged on December 29, 2019 while vacationing in Paris, France.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Maintenance Eddie
1994 Morphosis Boss
1998 Permanent Midnight Kitty
1999 Payback Rosie
2000 Coyote Ugly Lil Lovell
Duets Suzi Loomis
2001 China: The Panda Adventure Ruth Harkness
2002 Auto Focus Patricia Olson / Patricia Crane / Sigrid Valdis
100 Mile Rule Monica
2003 The Cooler Natalie Belisario
2004 Silver City Nora Allardyce
Secret Window Amy Rainey
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Alex Sabian
A History of Violence Edie Stall
The Dark Adélle
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 Monahan
Butterfly on a Wheel Abby Randall AKA Shattered
2008 The Yellow Handkerchief May
Downloading Nancy Nancy Stockwell
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn O'Connell Replacing Rachel Weisz
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Suky
2010 The Company Men Sally Wilcox
Grown Ups Sally Lamonsoff
2011 Beautiful Boy Kate Carroll
Abduction Mara Harper
Carjacked Lorraine
2013 Grown Ups 2 Sally Lamonsoff
Prisoners Grace Dover
Third Person Theresa
2014 Big Driver Tess Thorne
2015 McFarland, USA Cheryl White
Demonic Dr. Elizabeth Klein
Bravetown Martha
2016 The 5th Wave Sergeant Reznik
The Confirmation Bonnie
Lights Out Sophie
The Late Bloomer Brenda Newmans
Max Steel Molly McGrath
Wait Till Helen Comes Jean AKA Little Girl's Secret
2017 In Search of Fellini Claire
2018 Every Day Lindsey
Better Start Running Agent McFadden
Giant Little Ones Carly Winter
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nowhere Man Emily Noonan 1 episode
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mrs. Smith 13 episodes
1997–1998 ER Dr. Anna Del Amico Season 4
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vivian Arliss 2 episodes
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Jane Timoney 13 episodes
2012–2013 Touch Lucy Robbins 13 episodes
2016 Goliath Michelle McBride 8 episodes
2017–present NCIS Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane Main Role
2017 XQ Super School Live Herself 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
ER
Won
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
Coyote Ugly
Won
2003 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
The Cooler
Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress
A History of Violence
Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Performance Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
London Film Critics Circle Awards Actress of the Year Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Award Best Supporting Performance Won
2006 RiverRun International Film Festival's Jury Prize Best Actress
The Sisters
Won
Dixie Film Festival Prize Outstanding Actress in a Film Nominated
2009 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead
Downloading Nancy
Nominated
2013 National Board of Review Award Best Cast
Prisoners
Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Z7-gAlpF1/
  2. ^ Singer, Leigh (February 19, 2009). "Oscars: the best actors never to have been nominated". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Maria Bello Biography (1967-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "Supporting, Encouraging and Challenging the WWME Community". eMatrimony. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "All'attrice Maria Bello l'Ischia Humanitarian Award / Actress Maria Bello: Ischia Humanitarian Award". Napoli.repubblica.it. 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)
  6. ^ "Maria Bello, 'Getting Better and Better'". Washingtonpost.com. August 11, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Maria Bello". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  8. ^ "Maria Bello". AskMen.com. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  9. ^ "Maria Bello", NYTimes.com
  10. ^ "Maria Bello Interview". futuremovies.co.uk. April 1, 2001.
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 21, 2008). "HBO seals deal with Maria Bello". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2008.
  12. ^ "Exclusive: Maria Bello Signs On to SVU". TVGuide.com.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 17, 2011). "Maria Bello To Star In NBC's 'Prime Suspect'". Deadline. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "CQ". ClareMunn.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2013. ... board members including founding board member Maria Bello...
  15. ^ "International Demonic Trailer Begins Haunting - Dread Central". January 5, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Bello, Maria. "How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  17. ^ http://www.darfurwomenaction.org/about/board/maria-bello-darfur-women-action-group-board-member[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Bello, Maria (November 29, 2013). "Coming Out as a Modern Family - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  20. ^ https://people.com/movies/maria-bello-reveals-shes-engaged-to-chef-girlfriend-dominique-crenn-ive-finally-grown-up/

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