Maria Bello was born on April 18, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. She is the youngest of four children, with two brothers, Anthony and Joseph, and a sister, Mary. Bello was raised Roman Catholic. She attended Villa Maria Academy, a private Catholic girls’ school in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school in 1985, she attended Villanova University, where she majored in political science. She graduated from Villanova in 1989.
Bello began her career in television, appearing in episodes of the soap opera “Loving” and the medical drama “ER”. She made her film debut in the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused”. She has since appeared in such films as “The Crow: City of Angels”, “Assassins”, “Coyote Ugly”, “The Cooler”, “A History of Violence”, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, “Pride and Glory”, and “Grown Ups”.
Bello’s performance in “A History of Violence” earned her a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2006, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in “The Jane Austen Book Club”.
Bello has an estimated net worth of $16 million. She has been married to actor Bryn Mooser since 2015. They have two sons together.
Date Of Birth
April 18, 1967
Film producer, Activist, Writer, Actor, Singer, Businessperson
Archbishop John Carroll High School, Villanova University
Jackson Blue McDermott
Kathy Bello, Joe Bello
Christopher Bello, Lisa Bello, Joseph Bello
Elijah Allan-Blitz, Elijah Allan-Blitz
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics' Choice Movie Awar...
Lights Out, A History of Violence, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Prisoners, Coyote Ugly, Grown Ups, The Cooler, Secret Window, The 5th Wave, Grown Ups 2, Max Steel, McFarland, USA, Big Driver, Payback, Assault on Precinct 13, The Company Men, Downloading Nancy, Abduction, Butterfly on a Whe...
Touch, Prime Suspect, ER, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nowhere Man, Goliath, Cubed, Misery Loves Company, Festival Pass with Chris Gore
Maybe, in the end, a modern family is just a more honest family.
So many actors say you have to find something you like in each character. I've never bought that. I think there are people in the world who are plain mean. Not many, but some.
I think I take a film because I'm in the process of discovering something about myself.
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.
Revealed in a self-penned essay in The New York Times that she suffered from a life-threatening illness in the summer of 2012. [December 2013]
Lives in Venice, California with her son, Jackson Blue, 5. Jackson's father, Dan McDermott, lives a few blocks away. 
Had always wanted to be an action heroine, but gave up her dream two weeks before she turned 40, because she thought there would be no action roles for a lady her age. However, Rob Cohen called her up on her birthday and offered her the role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
Flirted with a waiter at a family birthday party. The waiter became her fiance [July 26, 2008].
Has 2 dogs.
Has two brothers, Joseph and Christopher, and one sister, Lisa.
Her mother, who is a cancer survivor, was in New York City with Maria on Sept. 11, 2001 during the attacks on the World Trade Center. Since her mother was a nurse, she volunteered to help the victims.
Works with "Save the Children", nurturing kids in need.
Father, Joe, was a contractor and mother, Kathy, was a teacher and school nurse.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
Was a varsity cheerleader in school at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Suburban Philadelphia.
Best friends with Carrie-Anne Moss. Maria is the godmother of Carrie-Anne's first son, and Carrie-Anne is the godmother of Maria's son Jack.
Became good friends with Mariska Hargitay when Hargitay had a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper on ER (1994) from 1997-1998.