Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. Her film roles include Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Grown Ups (2010), Prisoners (2013), and Lights Out (2016). On television, Bello appeared as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the medical drama ER (1997–1998), with other starring roles including as Lucy Robbins on the series Touch in 2013, as Michelle McBride on the first season of the series Goliath in 2016, and since 2017 as Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane on the series NCIS.The Guardian named her one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.
Bello has a son with her former boyfriend Dan McDermott. In November 2013, she wrote about having a same-sex relationship with her then-partner, Clare Munn. She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street Books, April 28, 2015).In February 2020, while attending the 92nd Academy Awards in their first public appearance as a couple, Bello announced she and chef Dominique Crenn had gotten engaged on December 29, 2019 while vacationing in Paris, France.
Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. Her father is Italian American, with roots in Montella, Italy, and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She majored in political science at Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions.
Movies & TV shows
The Water Man
Gunner and his mother share a special bond. She supports his daydreaming and artistic pursuits, while his frequently-on-the-road father, Amos, with whom Gunner shares a strained relationship, has othe...
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Better Start Running
An eclectic band of misfits becomes an unlikely family as they take a wild journey in the name of love while on the run from an overzealous FBI duo who want them dead or alive - preferably dead.
A spirit named "A" lives in a different body every day and Rhiannon fell in love with it. Rhiannon and A don't know what the next day will bring as they try to find each other.
Politics, science, and pop culture are some of the current trends explained in the documentary series.
Giant Little Ones
Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident happens on the night of a 17th birthday party.
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The 5th Wave
A world devastated by waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age has a 16-year-old girl trying to survive.
Join or Die with Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson is debating provocative and timely topics in his unconventional and iconoclastic manner. Each episode features a panel of guests which will include celebrities, comedians and experts, a...
Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest c...
The Late Bloomer
After successfully removing benign tumors from his body, a sex therapist goes through puberty. He experiences puberty changes during a three week period.
Max and Steel must combine their new powers to become a superhero.
The Journey Is the Destination
Dan Eldon abandoned a comfortable life in London to document the struggle, heartbreak and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa.
A father and son track down a stolen tool box.
After her sanity was tested by her little brother's experiences, Rebecca had to face her mother's spirit.
Wait Till Helen Comes
After a reconstructed family moves to a converted church in the country, 14-year-old Molly must save her new troubled step-sister from a dangerous relationship with the ghost of a young girl. The best...
After an accidental drug overdose, a talented teenage DJ goes to live with his estranged father in a small Army town, where he gets to the bottom of his own pain and learns to empathise with others.
A team of athletes in a small town have a track coach.
The deaths of five people who were trying to summon ghosts are being investigated by a police officer and psychologist.
There are interviews with influential women.
Keller takes matters into his own hands when his daughter and her friend go missing. How far will he go to protect his family?
Grown Ups 2
He and his friends grew up in a small town. The grown ups are learning from their kids on the last day of school, which is notoriously full of surprises.
An acclaimed novelist struggles to write an analysis of love in one of three stories, each set in a different city, that detail the beginning, middle and end of a relationship.
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Martin Bohm, a widower and single father, is haunted by an inability to connect to his autistic, mute 11-year-old son, Jake. Their relationship and their lives take an extraordinary turn when he disco...
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Being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough, but having to contend with a male-dominated police department makes it more difficult. She is an outsider who has just moved to a new preci...
A single mom and her child are carjacked by a bank robber who has no intention of letting them go.
After finding his baby photo on a missing persons website, a young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life.
The news that their son committed a mass-shooting at his college, then took his own life leveled a married couple on the verge of separation.
After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates get together for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Company Men
Bobby Walker's American dream is a great job, beautiful family, and a shiny car in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and two co-workers without a job, they are forced to redefine their ...
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading towards a quiet nervous breakdown.
The Yellow Handkerchief
Three strangers who were brought together by their feelings of loneliness took a road trip through Louisiana.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
An emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination is going against Rick O'Connell. The 'Dragon Emperor' was stopped by O'Connell's wife...
During the Gulf War, a young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession.
Nancy wants it to be over and done with, but she doesn't want to kill herself. After meeting her killer, they fall in love. Nancy knows that love and murder don't mix.
Too Commercial for Cannes
A day in a life tour diary with David Cronenberg, as he brings his film "A History of Violence" to the Cannes Film Festival for its first public screening.
Payback: Straight Up
Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded effort...
McLaughlin wants to work on her family's horse ranch despite her father's insistence that she finish school. There is a mustang outdoors. The headstrong 16 year old wants to prove to her father that s...
Unfiltered Comedy: The Making of 'Thank You For Smoking'
Behind the scenes of Thank You For Smoking (2005)
World Trade Center
The building collapsed over the rescue team. Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin are trapped under the wreck.
Thank You for Smoking
Nick Naylor is a spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who will fight to protect America's right to smoke even if it kills him. When a senator wants to snuff out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the trut...
Assault on Precinct 13
On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kil...
In "The Three Sisters", siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father try to reconcile their relationships in their own lives.
Adle and her daughter are traveling to see her husband when Sarah disappears. A girl who says she died in a past time is not the same girl. Adle is trying to find out what happened to her daughter.
A History of Violence
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a murder.
The campaign for governor of Colorado could be in trouble after the discovery of a corpse.
A writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex- wife is being followed by a psychotic stranger and would-be writer who claims he stole his best story idea. As he tries to prove his innocenc...
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Ellen is the host.
Any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel is investigated by a team of special agents.
He uses misfortune to cause gamblers to lose. His boss is happy with the arrangement. He is dating a waitress.
China: The Panda Adventure
Experience the world of the magnificent and rare Giant Panda as you travel back in time on an exciting expedition through the breathtaking splendor of 1936 China. Ruth Harkness, a fiercely independent...
Duets is a road-trip comedy about the world of karaoke and the people who are in it. All roads lead to the site of a national karaoke competition where a motley group of singers and stars come togethe...
A young woman with a velvet voice heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a song writer, only to find that her career as a barmaid is more important to her than her dream of becoming a song ...
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his money and leave him for dead. After five months, Porter's partners and the crooked cops on his tail have learned ...
Ben Stiller is playing a comedy writer named Jerry Stahl, who had a heroin habit that had him taking his infant daughter along with him on his drug runs. Kitty listens to the memories of the departed....
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On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Two globetrotting private eyes with different styles team up, guarding their true identities at all costs from the bad guys.
2 TV shows
Misery Loves Company
Misery Loves Company was a sitcom that aired from October 1 to October 22, 1995.
Nowhere Man was an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996. On Monday nights, the series was on UPN. TV Guide's label of "The season's cool hit" was one of the reasons why the show was...
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An officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police works with the Chicago Police Department to solve crimes, even though he is attached to the Canadian consulate.
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.
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Tony Scali is a former Brooklyn cop now the Police Commissioner of a small upstate city. But for Scali, this is no desk job. He's a tough yet compassionate boss, a loving husband and father, and a han...
The Woman King
The Kingdom of Dahomey was one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th century. The general of the all-female military unit and her daughter fought the French and neighboring tribes...
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