Bello, Maria 1967–

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Bello, Maria 1967–


Full name, Maria Elaina Bello; born April 18, 1967, in Norristown, PA; father, a construction worker; mother, a nurse; children: (with Dan McDermott, an executive and writer) Jackson Blue. Education: Villanova University, political science degree, 1989; studied acting with Fred Karamen. Avocational Interests: Hiking, camping, traveling, kickboxing.

Addresses: Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—John Carrabino Management, 100 North Crescent Dr., Suite 323, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist—PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (some sources cite 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

Career: Actress. Director of theatrical productions. Dream Yard Drama Project for Kids, New York City, cofounder. Appeared in The More You Know, a campaign of public service announcements broadcast on NBC; also appeared in advertisements. Worked as a waitress, a restaurant manager, and in a delicatessen. Affiliated with fund-raising activities.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors: Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 1997, for ER; Young Alumni Medal, Villanova University Alumni Association, 1999; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actress—comedy/romance, 2001, for Coyote Ugly; President Award, star on the horizon, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 2002; Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a drama, International Press Academy, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best supporting actress, all 2004, for The Cooler; New York Film Critics Circle Award, best supporting actress, and Satellite Award nomination, outstanding actress in a supporting role in a drama, both 2005, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, and Online Film Critics Society Award, all best supporting actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Award, best supporting performance, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture—drama, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination, best supporting actress, all 2006, all for A History of Violence.


Film Appearances:

Eddie, Maintenance, 1992.

Kitty, Permanent Midnight, Artisan Entertainment, 1998.

Rosie, Payback (also known as Parker), Paramount, 1999.

Anastasia Powell, Sam the Man, GreeneStreet Films/Collective Voice, 2000.

Gail McCoy, Absolute Zero, 2000.

Lil, Coyote Ugly, Buena Vista, 2000.

Suzi, Duets, Buena Vista, 2000.

Ruth Harkness, China: The Panda Adventure, IMAX Corporation, 2001.

Monica, 100 Mile Rule, Velocity Home Entertainment, 2002.

Patricia Olson Crane (also known as Sigrid Valdis), Auto Focus (also known as Auto Focus and Auto Focus: The Life of Bob Crane), Sony Pictures Classics, 2002.

Natalie Belisario, The Cooler, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

Amy Rainey, Secret Window (also known as Secret Window, Secret Garden and The Secret Window), Columbia, 2004.

Nora Allardyce, Silver City, Newmarket Films, 2004.

Nobody's Perfect (short film), Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Adele, The Dark, Miramax, 2005.

Alex Sabian, Assault on Precinct 13 (also known as Assaut sur le central 13), Focus Features/Rogue Pictures, 2005.

Edie Stall, A History of Violence (also known as Eine Geschichte der Gewalt), New Line Cinema, 2005.

Polly Bailey, Thank You for Smoking, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2005.

Marcia Prior Glass, The Sisters, La Oz Films, 2005, Arc-light Films, 2006.

Donna McLoughlin, World Trade Center (also known as September and Untitled Oliver Stone September 11 Project), Paramount, 2006.

Herself, This Film Is Not Yet Rated (documentary), IFC Films, 2006.

Flicka (also known as My Friend Flicka), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Abby Warner, Butterfly on a Wheel, Infinity Features, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, CBS, 1996.

Dr. Anna del Amico, ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996–98.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

The 2003 Radio Music Awards, NBC, 2003.

Seventh Annual Prism Awards, FX Channel, 2003.

Presenter, The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards, Starz!, 2004.

Presenter, The Ninth Annual Critics' Choice Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Presenter, IFP Gotham Awards 2005, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2005.

Presenter, 20th Independent Spirit Awards (also known as The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards), Bravo, 2005.

Presenter, The Tenth Annual Critics' Choice Awards, The WB, 2005.

Presenter, The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, The WB, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Betsey Nolan, "The Shadows of the Gallows," The Commish, ABC, 1995.

Emily Noonan, "The Enemy Within," Nowhere Man, UPN, 1995.

Kim (Joe's former film student), "That Book by Nabokov," Misery Loves Company, Fox, 1995.

Mackenzie King, "One Good Man aka Thank You Kindly Mr. Capra," Due South (also known as Due South: The Series and Direction: Sud), CTV (Canada) and CBS, 1996.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998.

Herself, Festival Pass with Chris Gore, Starz!, 2002.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2002.

Herself, The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004.

Herself, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, "Assault on Precinct 13," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.

Herself, Comme au cinema (also known as Comme au cinema: le magazine and Comme au cinema: l'emisison), 2005.

Herself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2005.

Herself, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2005.

Herself, The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

Herself, Corazon de …, Television Espanola (TVE, Spain), 2005, 2006.

Appeared as Christine Chazen in Simon, The WB; appeared in other television programs, including Ryan's Hope, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, CBS, 1996.

Publisher, Born in Brooklyn, ABC, 2001.

Appeared in The Governor, ABC.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

With Dan McDermott, executive producer of The Governor, ABC.

Stage Appearances:

Small Town Gals with Big Problems, Theatre for the New City, New York City, 1993.

Joyce Lakeland, The Killer inside Me, Currican Theatre, New York City, 1994.

The 24 Hour Plays 2004, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Appeared in His Pillow and Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, both T. Schreiber Studio, New York City; and in Big Talk, Double Image Theatre; also appeared in After the Fact, A Lie of the Mind, Talked Away, Urban Planning, and Young Frankenstein.

Stage Work:

Director of plays.



Secret Window: From Book to Film, Columbia Home Video, 2004.

Secret Window: A Look through It, Columbia Home Video, 2004.

Acts of Violence, New Line Home Video, 2006.


Teleplays; Pilots:

With Dan McDermott, author of The Governor, ABC.

Writings for the Stage:

Author of plays.


Some sources cite Bello as the editor of Owen R. "Ray" Jackson's book Dignity and Solidarity: An Introduction to Peace and Justice Education, Loyola University Press, c. 1992. Contributor to periodicals, including O the Oprah Magazine.



Entertainment Weekly, December 12, 2003, p. 21; December 12, 2005, p. 64.

InStyle, April, 2000, p. 354.

Interview, March 1, 1999; April 1, 2004, pp. 132-34.

Look, December, 2005, pp. 64-69.

O the Oprah Magazine, February, 2006, p. 79.

Parade, March 22, 1998, p. 18.

Premiere, September, 2005, p. 40.

Time Out New York, 2, 1997.

US, October, 1997, p. 94.

Variety, September 12, 2005, pp. S28-S29.