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A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Best known for her Screen Actors Guild Award-winning lead role on ER as the passionate and headstrong pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico, MARIA BELLO has quickly emerged as one of Hollywood's up and coming film stars. She made her television debut as a series regular opposite Scott Bakula in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The spy-adventure series required Bello to do some of her own stunts.

She co-starred in Permanent Midnight with Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Hurley, and with Mel Gibson in Paramount's Payback. In 2000, Bello co-starred in Duets with Gwyneth Paltrow, Huey Lewis and Scott Speedman, and 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 filmed a special project, which was presented on the spectacular giant IMAX® screen called China: the Panda Adventure. Based on Ruth Harkness' autobiography, "Lady and the Panda,” the large format picture, released in 2001, combines spectacular images of a foreign land and breathtaking scenes with Giant Pandas, in an incredible true story of hope courage and triumph of the human spirit.

In October of 2002, Bello co-starred opposite Greg Kinnear in the feature Auto Focus, based on the complex life of Bob Crane of television's Hogan's Hero's. She also completed the dark comedy 100-Mile Rule, a story which revolved around three salesmen from Detroit who come to Los Angeles for a seminar and become entrenched in far more than they ever imagined. In 2003, Bello captivated audiences in the feature film The Cooler, a tale of luck, love and Las Vegas. She was part of an all-star cast including William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Ron Livingston. Screened at the 2003 Sundance Festival, Bello received glowing reviews, and earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress. The picture was released by Lion's Gate in November, 2003.

In 2004, Bello starred in the Sony thriller Secret Window, with Johnny Depp and John Turturro, and in John Sayles' Silver City, co-starring Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss and Thora Birch. She recently completed Assault on Precinct 13, opposite Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and John Leguizamo; Sisters, based on the Chekov play "Three Sisters” directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, and co-starring Erika Christensen, Mary Stuart Masterson and Chris O'Donnell; and The Dark.

On stage Bello performed in the world premiere of "The Killer Inside Me,” in addition to "Smart Town Gals,” "Big Problems,” "Urban Planning,” and "A Lie of the Mind.”

She co-founded the Dream Yard Drama Project for Kids, a not-for-profit arts and education program for children in Harlem. She has toured Africa and Asia while continuing her studies in conjunction with her arts and education program for children, and lends her time and energy to the charity, Save The Children.

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