- NAME: Maria Bello
- OCCUPATION: Women's Rights Activist, Actress
- BIRTH DATE: April 18, 1967 (Age: 46)
- Did You Know?: Maria Bello starred in a U.S. version of Prime Suspect, inspired by the Helen Mirren series in the U.K.
- EDUCATION: Villanova University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Norristown, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Maria Elana Bello
- AKA: Maria Bello
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Maria Bello is an award-winning television and film actress known for roles in projects like E.R., The Cooler, A History of Violence and Prisoners.
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Though following her heart as a thespian, Bello followed through on her activism vision, helping to establish the DreamYard Drama Project for youth in the Bronx and doing vital work for women and families in Darfur and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Writing on Bello's activism can be found on her own personal blog as well as on The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-bello/.
Bello also wrote an intimate piece for The New York Times about her romantic relationship. In the piece, entitled "Coming Out as a Modern Family," Bello described the conversation she had with her 12-year-old son about who she had been dating, after he inquired about it. She described in detail how she met her partner, Clare, and how their relationship blossomed, which was followed by the love and support of her son. In addition to her son, Bello received waves of support following her revealing op-ed piece.
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