In a remarkably short time, MARIA
BELLO (Patricia Crane) established herself as a
new leading actress with a formidable and beautiful presence. Bello segued
effortlessly from the spy adventure series, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
(opposite Scott Bakula) into not only a leading role on NBC's award-winning
drama "ER" but as a leading lady on the big screen.
Maria, best known for her Screen Actors Guild Award winning,
leading role on "ER" as the passionate and headstrong pediatrician Dr.
Anna Del Amico, has quickly emerged as one of Hollywood's up and coming film
She co-starred in "Permanent Midnight" with Ben
Stiller and Elizabeth Hurley, and she also costarred with Mel Gibson in
Paramount's "Payback." Shot simultaneously during production of
"ER," Bello played the female lead to Gibson's past and present
In 2000 she appeared in the film "Duets" with Gwyneth
Paltrow, Huey Lewis and Scott Speedman. She also starred in Jerry Bruckheimer's
highly anticipated "Coyote Ugly," portraying Lil, a tough talking
entrepreneur who owns a Western style bar in New York City called Coyote Ugly.
In the fall of 2000 Bello returned from China where she was
filming a special project, which was presented on the IMAX
screen called "China: The Panda
Adventure." It is the true story of one woman's incredible struggle to
survive in the mysterious Chinese jungle, her determination to fulfill her late
husband's destiny and her efforts to protect one of the world's rarest
Based upon Ruth Harkness' autobiography Lady and the Panda,
"China: The Panda Adventure" combines spectacular images of a foreign
land and breathtaking scenes with Giant Pandas, with this incredible true story
of hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit. It was released on the giant
IMAX screen in the spring of 2001.
Prior to "Auto Focus," Bello filmed the dark comedy
"100 Mile Rule," a story, which revolves around three salesmen from
Detroit who come to Los Angeles for a seminar and become entrenched in far more
than they ever imagined. "100 Mile Rule" is set to hit theatres later
Bello's extensive theatre credits include the world premiere
of "The Killer Inside Me," as well as
"Smart Town Gals" at the Currican Theatre, "Big Problems" at
the Theatre for New City, "Urban Planning" at the Theatre del Barrio,
"A Lie of the Mind" at Columbia University, "His Pillow" and
"Out of Gas on Lover's Leap" at T. Schreiber Studios, "Big
Talk" at the Double Image Theatre, "Talked Away" at the West End
Bello also co-founded the Dream Yard Drama Project for Kids, a
not-for-profit arts and education program for children in Harlem. Maria has
toured Africa and Asia while continuing her studies in conjunction with her arts
and education program for children.
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