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Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. Her many 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). Bello is known for her television roles as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the medical drama ER (1997–1998), with other starring roles including that 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.

Maria Bello
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Born Maria Elena Bello
April 18, 1967 (age 51)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress, producer, writer
Years active 1992–present
Children 1

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Early lifeEdit

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]

CareerEdit

 
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.

In 2008, Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn O'Connell.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] The following year, she starred in the TV series Prime Suspect, which was cancelled after 13 episodes.

In 2011, Bello became a founding board member of the CQ Matrix Company, a company created by her then life-partner, Clare Munn, to help clients achieve “transformative living and the power of intelligent exchange” by enhancing their communication quotient.[11]

In 2014, she starred alongside Frank Grillo in the James Wan-produced thriller Demonic.[12]

Humanitarian effortsEdit

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.[13] 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.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Bello has a son with former boyfriend Dan McDermott.[15]

In November 2013, Bello wrote about having a same-sex relationship with her then-partner and then-friend, Clare Munn.[15][16]

She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street Books, April 28, 2015).

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Permanent Midnight Kitty
1999 Payback Rosie
2000 Coyote Ugly Lil Lovell
2000 Duets Suzi Loomis
2001 China: The Panda Adventure Ruth Harkness
2002 Auto Focus Patricia Olson / Patricia Crane / Sigrid Valdis
2002 100 Mile Rule Monica
2003 Cooler, TheThe Cooler Natalie Belisario
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
2005 Dark, TheThe Dark Adélle
2006 Thank You for Smoking Polly Bailey
2006 Sisters, TheThe Sisters Marcia Prior Glass
2006 Flicka Nell McLaughlin
2006 World Trade Center Donna McLoughlin
2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Jocelyn
2007 Towelhead Gail Monahan
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Abby Randall aka Shattered
2008 Downloading Nancy Nancy Stockwell
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief May
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn O'Connell Replacing Rachel Weisz
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
2011 Beautiful Boy Kate Carroll
2011 Abduction Mara Harper
2011 Carjacked Lorraine
2013 Grown Ups 2 Sally Lamonsoff
2013 Prisoners Grace Dover
2013 Third Person Theresa
2014 Big Driver Tess Thorne
2015 McFarland, USA Cheryl White
2015 Demonic Dr. Elizabeth Klein
2015 Bravetown Martha
2016 The 5th Wave Sergeant Reznik
2016 The Confirmation Bonnie
2016 Lights Out Sophie
2016 The Late Bloomer Brenda Newmans
2016 Max Steel Molly McGrath
2016 Wait Till Helen Comes (A.K.A. Little Girl's Secret) Jean
2017 In Search of Fellini Claire
2017 Monumental Agent McFadden post-production
2018 Undying post-production
2018 Every Day Lindsey
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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 NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane Season 15
2017 XQ Super School Live Herself 1 episode
2018 The Walking Dead TBA Season 9[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maria Bello Biography (1967-)". FilmReference.com. 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". 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)
  4. ^ "Maria Bello, 'Getting Better and Better'". Washingtonpost.com. August 11, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maria Bello". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Maria Bello". AskMen.com. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Maria Bello", NYTimes.com
  8. ^ "Maria Bello Interview". futuremovies.co.uk. April 1, 2001. 
  9. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 21, 2008). "HBO seals deal with Maria Bello". Variety. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Maria Bello Signs On to SVU". TVGuide.com. 
  11. ^ "CQ". ClareMunn.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013. ... board members including founding board member Maria Bello... 
  12. ^ "International Demonic Trailer Begins Haunting - Dread Central". January 5, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ Bello, Maria. "How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.darfurwomenaction.org/about/board/maria-bello-darfur-women-action-group-board-member[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "Maria Bello Getting Role In The Walking Dead Season 9". The Walking Dead. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 

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