Maria Bello

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Maria Elaina Bello (born April 18, 1967 in Norristown , Pennsylvania ) is an American actress of Italian - Polish descent.


Childhood and first appearances

Bello grew up with three siblings in Norristown, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her mother worked as a teacher and school nurse , her father was a designer. Bello attended Catholic high school before studying law and political science at Villanova University to become a lawyer . She attended a theater course and discovered her love for acting. After graduating in 1989, Bello moved to New York City to become a professional actress.

Bello made her first appearances in commercials and numerous off-Broadway plays, including The Killer Inside Me , Small Town Gals With Big Problems and Urban Planning . At the beginning of the 1990s, when she hired herself as a cleaning lady and ran dogs for money , Bello got several TV guest roles, for example in the series Der Polizeichef (1991), Nowhere Man - Without Identity! (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995), Due South (1994) and the feature film Maintenance (1992).

Acting career

The first success came with a television role in a remake of 77 Sunset Strip , an American television series from the late 1950s. Although the television film was never broadcast, producers Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar became aware of the 1.65 m tall actress while filming. Both cast Bello in 1996 for the female lead in the television series Mr. & Mrs. Smith , in which she acted as a secret agent alongside Scott Bakula and learned Muay Thai , a Thai martial art, in preparation for filming . Although the television series was canceled after eight weeks due to poor audience ratings, Bello's career did not hurt. In 1997 she received a guest role in the hit television series Emergency Room - Die Notaufnahme . In the role of Dr. Anna Del Amico , a passionate and idiosyncratic pediatrician, was only seen in the last three episodes of the third season, but she did so well in front of the camera that she got a permanent engagement for the fourth season of the hospital series. A year later, the ER team received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Acting Ensemble in a Drama Series .

Bello's popularity rose through her appearances in Emergency Room and she made her first steps from television to film business. She had her first film role in 1998 with Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Hurley in Permanent Midnight . Praised by the critics, Bello was able to build on the success with the thriller Payback - Payday , in which she was seen as the prostitute Rosie , who helps Mel Gibson to get his revenge . In 2000, Bello was represented in the cinema with several films. She starred alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the comedy Traumpaare - Duets , she starred in the small independent film Sam the Man and played the tough entrepreneur Lil , who runs a western-style bar in New York City , in the comedy Coyote Ugly . For this role, Bello received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Maria Bello in Los Angeles (2010)

In 2001, Bello starred in the IMAX film China: The Panda Adventure , which she spent several months filming in the Chinese highlands - including few to no toilets and multiple food poisoning . Despite these experiences, Bello is not averse to strenuous journeys, and so she visited the African countries Tanzania and Botswana , among others , to collect material for a book project about children around the world. Bello is also committed to the interests of children in her home country and is one of the co-founders of the Dream Yard Drama Project , an art and teaching program that helps young people in New York's Harlem district to correct language and reading weaknesses.

In 2002, Bello starred in the drama Auto Focus , the biography of the murdered television star Bob Crane (played by Greg Kinnear ). However, she only achieved her final breakthrough in the film business a year later with the gangster fable The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe . Here Bello acts as a waitress Natalie , in a to Casino in Las Vegas in Bernie (played by William H. Macy ) love to cut one unlucky fellow who exploited his gift to the behest of casino bosses profits in the gambling metropolis. For the role that turned the unfortunate Bernie into a lucky guy, Bello was critically acclaimed and nominated for numerous film awards, including the Golden Globe in the category Best Supporting Actress . Following this, Bello was in the supernatural thriller Secret Window on the side of Johnny Depp to see as well as in politics - satire Silver City . As one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood , Bello worked on six film projects in 2005, of which The Sisters , the film adaptation of Anton Chekhov's famous play The Three Sisters , David Cronenberg's drama A History of Violence , and the horror film The Dark have now been completed. She received critical acclaim for her portrait of Edie Stall in A History of Violence and was nominated for several film awards, including a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama . In the same year, the shooting of Oliver Stone's film about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York followed. Here she acted alongside Nicolas Cage , Maggie Gyllenhaal and William Mapother . In the summer of 2008 she took on the role of Evy O'Connor in The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor , the sequel to The Mummy and The Mummy Returns , as Rachel Weisz had declined to collaborate due to lack of interest in the script. Supporting roles followed in various movies before Bello got the leading role in the US television series Prime Suspect in 2011 . In it, she can be seen as a New York police officer who has to prove herself against her male colleagues. In 2013 she took on the female lead in the James Wan produced and directed by Xavier Gen 's horror thriller House of Horror . Since 2017 she plays in the US television series NCIS , the forensic psychologist and former in Afghanistan captured soldier Jacqueline Sloane .

Private life

Bello lived with her partner Dan McDermott, executive director of DreamWorks TV , in Los Angeles for a long time . They have a son together who was born in March 2001. At the end of November 2013, Bello announced in an essay in the New York Times that she was currently in a relationship with a woman.


  • Whatever… Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves . HarperCollins, 2015, ISBN 9780062351838

Filmography (selection)


Golden Globe

  • 2004: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe
  • 2006: Nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for A History of Violence

Further prices

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

  • 2001: Best Supporting Actress, Comedy or Romantic Film for Coyote Ugly

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2006: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for A History of Violence

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

  • 2002: New star on the horizon

Golden Satellite Awards

  • 2004: Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 2005: Best Supporting Actress for A History of Violence

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2004: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Cooler - Alles auf Liebe

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Web links

Commons : Maria Bello  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Maria Bello to Enter James Wan's House of Horror , accessed April 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Maria Bello: Coming Out as a Modern Family . In: New York Times . November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  4. Coming out via newspaper article: Maria Bello writes about love for a woman . In: Spiegel . Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Maria Bello: I've been on one date in my life . Belfast Telegraph, March 12th 2012