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MARIA BELLO (Mara) has established herself as a leading actress with a formidable and dazzling presence. A cool, incredibly literate blonde, Maria has captivated audiences with her many diverse roles in such films as "The Cooler” with William H. Macy (Golden Globe® and SAG Nomination); David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence,” opposite Viggo Mortenson and Ed Harris (NY Film Critics win and Golden Globe® nomination); Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center;” "Thank You For Smoking;” and "The Jane Austen Book Club.” In addition, she co-starred with Brendan Fraser in "The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” in Alan Ball's controversial film "Towelhead,” and opposite William Hurt in "Yellow Handkerchief.”

More recently Bello appeared in the Adam Sandler hit comedy "Grown Ups” opposite Kevin James and the John Wells drama "The Company Men.” Bello can soon be seen in the upcoming feature "Beautiful Boy” opposite Michael Sheen and as the star of NBC's new series "Prime Suspect” as iconoclastic detective ‘Jane Timoney.'

Bello's other film credits include "Auto Focus,” with Greg Kinnear; "Permanent Midnight” with Ben Stiller; "Payback” with Mel Gibson; "Flicka” opposite Tim McGraw; Bruce Paltrow's "Duets;” Jerry Bruckheimer's "Coyote Ugly;” "Secret Window” with Johnny Depp; "Silver City” with Chris Cooper; and "Assault on Precinct 13” with Ethan Hawke.

Bello made her television debut as a series regular opposite Scott Bakula in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” In addition, she starred for one season in the role of passionate and headstrong pediatrician ‘Dr. Anna Del Amico' in NBC's critically acclaimed series "ER.”

Bello is devoted to improving the loves of Haitian Women and has created "We Advance,” an organization that aims to empower Haitian women to collaborate together towards making healthcare a priority and putting an end to gender based violence within their communities. Other organizations include Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), Save Darfur, and Vital Voices.

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