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Maria Bello


Birth name:

Maria Elaina Bello




Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Dr. Anna Del Amico on ER


5' 5" (1.65 m)


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Maria Bello - Biography


Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress best known for her appearances in the movies Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Thank You for Smoking, and A History of Violence. For television she's best known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER.

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Kathy, a teacher and school nurse, and Joe Bello, a contractor. Her father is Italian American and her mother Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School (Radnor, Pennsylvania). Later she attended Villanova University, majoring in political science. She intended to become a lawyer, but took an acting class during her senior year, just for fun. She was soon cast in small off-Broadway plays, such as The Killer Inside Me, Small Town Gals With Big Problems and Urban Planning. She later guest-starred on episodes of The Commish (1991), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995) Due South (1994), and ER (1997-98).

Bello's breakthrough came when the producers Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar cast her as Mrs. Smith in the spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The show was cancelled after just eight weeks on the air. Then came a guest stint on ER as the feisty pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico, in which she guest-starred in the final three episodes of the third season. Bello remained on the show for one season as a regular cast member, departing after the medical drama's 4th season. The actress went on into movies landing a role in Coyote Ugly. She has been 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 also starred in The Jane Austen Book Club as Jocelyn.
In 2008 Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evy O'Connell, taking over from Rachel Weisz. Bello has stated that she has signed up for three more Mummy films.
In December 2008 Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello will also serve as an executive producer.
Bello's latest project, the 2009 Sundance hit The Yellow Handkerchief, will be released in theaters on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Bello has a son named Jackson Blue, born in 2001, with former long-time boyfriend Dan McDermott. Bello is also a Muay Thai practitioner. In July 2008 she became engaged to musician Bryn Mooser; a date for the wedding has not been announced. Bello and Carrie-Anne Moss of The Matrix are best friends, and they are godmother to each others first born children.


Maria Bello - Personal Quotes


"I don't think you understand what levels or what fears until you have a child of your own. I mean, I've never loved someone so much and I've never been so afraid in my life. And the truth is I would kill someone, whoever tried to hurt him. I would. I have no doubt about it."

"I think I take a film because I'm in the process of discovering something about myself."


Maria Bello - Filmography


Grown Ups (2010) .... Sally Lamonsoff
Beautiful Boy (2010) .... Kate Carroll
The Company Men (2010) .... Sally Wilcox
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) .... Suky Sarkissian
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) .... Evelyn O'Connell
... aka Die Mumie - Das Grabmal des Drachenkaisers (Germany)
... aka The Mummy 3 (USA: informal title)
Downloading Nancy (2008) .... Nancy
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) .... May
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) .... Jocelyn
Nothing Is Private (2007) .... Gail Monahan
... aka Towelhead (Australia) (USA: new title)
Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) .... Abby Randall
... aka Shattered (Singapore: English title) (USA: new title)
... aka Desperate Hours (Europe: English title)
... aka The Butterfly (International: English title)
Flicka (2006) .... Nell McLaughlin
World Trade Center (2006) .... Donna McLoughlin
Thank You for Smoking (2005) .... Polly Bailey
A History of Violence (2005) .... Edie Stall
... aka A History of Violence (Germany)
The Dark (2005) .... Adèlle
... aka The Dark (Germany)
The Sisters (2005) .... Marcia Prior Glass
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) .... Dr. Alex Sabian
... aka Assaut sur le central 13 (France)
Silver City (2004) .... Nora Allardyce
Secret Window (2004) .... Amy Rainey
Nobody's Perfect (2004)
The Cooler (2003) .... Natalie Belisario
100 Mile Rule (2002) .... Monica
Auto Focus (2002) .... Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis
China: The Panda Adventure (2001) .... Ruth Harkness
Born in Brooklyn (2001) (TV)
Duets (2000) .... Suzi Loomis
Coyote Ugly (2000) .... Lil
Sam the Man (2000) .... Anastasia Powell
Payback (1999/I) .... Rosie
Permanent Midnight (1998) .... Kitty
"ER" .... Dr. Anna Del Amico (25 episodes, 1997-1998)
- A Hole in the Heart (1998) TV episode .... Dr. Anna Del Amico
- Suffer the Little Children (1998) TV episode .... Dr. Anna Del Amico
- Of Past Regret and Future Fear (1998) TV episode .... Dr. Anna Del Amico
- Shades of Gray (1998) TV episode .... Dr. Anna Del Amico
- Gut Reaction (1998) TV episode .... Dr. Anna Del Amico
(20 more)
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith" .... Mrs. Smith (13 episodes, 1996)
- The Space Flight Episode (1996) TV episode .... Mrs. Smith
- The Kidnapping Episode (1996) TV episode .... Mrs. Smith
- The Coma Episode (1996) TV episode .... Mrs. Smith
- The Publishing Episode (1996) TV episode .... Mrs. Smith
- The Grape Escape (1996) TV episode .... Mrs. Smith
(8 more)
"Due South" .... Mackenzie King (1 episode, 1996)
... aka Direction: Sud (Canada: French title)
- One Good Man (1996) TV episode .... Mackenzie King
"The Commish" .... Betsy (1 episode, 1995)
- In the Shadows of the Gallows (1995) TV episode .... Betsy
"Nowhere Man" .... Emily Noonan (1 episode, 1995)
- The Enemy Within (1995) TV episode .... Emily Noonan
"Misery Loves Company" .... Joe's Former Film Student (1 episode, 1995)
- That Book by Nabokov (1995) TV episode .... Joe's Former Film Student
Maintenance (1992) .... Eddie


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