Name: Maria Elena Bello
Born: April 18, 1967
Occupation: Actor, writer and producer
Maria Bello was born on April 18, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Joe Bello, a contractor, and Kathy Bello, a school nurse and teacher. She has three siblings: Christopher, Joseph and Lisa.
Growing up in a Roman Catholic household, Maria attended Archbishop John Carroll High School. Upon graduation, she attended Villanova University, studying political science. After she finished college, Maria went into acting and honed her skills in New York City.
Prior to entering into a same-sex relationship with Clare Munn, she was in relationships with Dan McDermott and Bryn Mooser. She had one son with Dan: Jackson Blue.
After working on stage for several years, Maria started appearing on television, including in such series as “Due South,” “Misery Loves Company” and “ER.” Her biggest break came when she was cast as the star of the television series “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” but it failed after just eight weeks.
Maria transitioned into motion pictures, landing minor roles in “Permanent Midnight” and “Payback.” She was given one of the leading roles in the 2000 film “Coyote Ugly.” She earned a Golden Globe nomination for “The Cooler” in 2003 and “A History of Violence” in 2005. Maria would continually land parts in blockbuster films, including “Assault on Precinct 13,” “World Trade Center,” “The Jane Austen Book Club” and “Grown Ups.”
She returned to television in 2008, serving in both acting and producing capacities, developing series for HBO. Maria later appeared in “The Walking Dead,” “Goliath,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Prime Suspect.” It was announced in July 2017 that Maria would join the cast of “NCIS” in a lead role.
Outside of the entertainment industry, Maria is a philanthropist, establishing WE ADVANCE, a non-profit organization that helps Haitian women with healthcare and domestic violence. She is also a board member of Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG).
In 2015, Maria published a book entitled “Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.”
We estimate that Maria Bello’s net worth is $8 million (2017).
So how much is $8 million really?
$8 million can help produce a series for HBO. $8 million can also fund a couple of hospitals in Haiti.