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Maria Bello 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.

Bello is currently in production on two feature films: The Adam Sandler comedy “Lake House” opposite Kevin James and co-starring Chris Rock and Salma Hayak as well as the John Wells drama “The Company Men” co-starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones.

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 dedicates her time and energy working for a variety of charities including Street Poets L.A., Save Darfur, Office of the Americas, The American Friends Service Committee and Vital Voices.

Blog Entries by Maria Bello

The Badass Women of Darfur

(33) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Niemat Ahmadi is a quiet badass. She is a native of North Darfur, founder and president of Darfur Women Action Group and the director of Global Partnerships for United to End Genocide and has been a friend and colleague for many years. She is soft-spoken but passionate when it comes...

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Getting Boys on Board

(195) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 11:00 AM

While the movement for gender equality has secured women participation at ballot boxes across the globe, their votes are still in short supply at the world's decision making tables. An August study found that women hold a disappointing 16.1 percent of board of director seats in the U.S., 5.1 percent...

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Two Years Later -- Reimagining Haiti

(77) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 9:51 AM

At a prayer breakfast in Port-au-Prince last month, 23 Haitian and U.S. women colleagues met to drink coffee, share a bite and, well, grieve. Our host, Danielle St. Lot, Haitian activist and entrepreneur, did not plan this grieving and we certainly did not expect it. The hour of laughter and...

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We Came to Haiti to Celebrate...

(55) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 12:26 PM

Who knew a woman who runs around on TV with a gun and another who runs around in heels would have so much in common? We were brought together through a bizzare turn of events, and we discovered our mutual goal of empowering women using our own unique voices. We...

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Women Key to Haitian Rebuilding

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 12:43 AM

Voters in Haiti go to the polls on Sunday, March 20, 2011 to elect a new president and a new Parliament. Those elected will face daunting challenges as Haiti rebuilds itself: quake-related devastation, systemic poverty, ongoing crises in the delivery of basic services such as health care and education, and...

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Haiti: Moving On From Here

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 1:07 PM

It's been an extraordinary year in Haiti. On this, the one year anniversary of the earthquake, we find time to reflect on what has been and what's to come. Besides the pain and suffering there have been great moments of joy and hope. Yesterday, much of the media is focusing...

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How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 12:06 PM

A few days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, I was on the Larry King show talking about the country that I love and had been working in for some years.

One of the celebrity guests who I shall not name was speaking for a...

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Wyclef's Out, but Women Are In (VIDEO)

(45) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Whatever anyone thinks of Wyclef Jean's bid for the presidency of Haiti, we can all agree on one thing: his potential running brought attention to the important elections in November for the devastated nation. Now, it seems the world is once again looking away. There is no news of the...

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Worse Than Wet in Haiti

(30) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 3:01 PM

Urbans is a 7-year-old boy who lives in a makeshift shelter covered with bed sheets at the Petionville Displaced Person's Camp in Port-au-Prince where I (Maria) have worked for the last two months. The first day I met him, a week after the devastating earthquake on January 12,...

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Rebuilding Haiti, Starting Today

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 4:23 PM

This is Part Three in a series of blog posts by Maria Bello, who is traveling with Artists For Peace And Justice in Haiti. Read Part One and Part Two of the series now.

It's almost impossible to explain what I have witnessed over the last week...

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St. Damien's in Haiti: A Calm Admist the Storm?

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 3:44 PM

This is the second post in Maria Bello's continuing series from Haiti. Read Part I of the series now.

St. Damien's is the calm in the midst of a storm. Arriving here yesterday with Sean and Diana's team of incredible doctors, we were surprised at the lack...
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On the Ground in Port-au-Prince

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 5:45 PM

This is Part One in a series of blog posts by Maria Bello, who is traveling with Artists For Peace And Justice in Haiti. Read Part Two of the series now.

The acrid smell of death is not the first thing that hits you landing in Port-au-Prince. It is...

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"Starving" for Darfur

(70) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 10:00 PM

Today I begin my fast for Darfur. The Fast for Darfur began with Mia Farrow's 12 day hunger strike protesting the president of Sudan's decision to throw out of his country the NGO's who were the main suppliers of food to the Darfurian refugees. Mia ended her fast on doctor's...

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