Maria Bello

by ethnic on December 7, 2008

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Birth Name: Maria Elana Bello

Place of Birth: Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 18, 1967

*Italian (father)
*Polish (mother)

Maria Bello is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress and writer. She is known for her roles in the films Permanent Midnight, The Cooler, A History of Violence, and Prisoners, among many others.

Her father is of Italian descent. Her mother is of Polish ancestry. Her paternal grandparents were born in Pennsylvania, and all of their parents were Italian. Their families were from Montella, Province of Avellino, Campania and Pesaro, Marche.

She has a son with her former partner, Dan McDermott.

Maria’s paternal grandfather was Patrick Salvatore Bello (the son of Generoso/Joseph Bello and Concetta Merola/Melora/Melore). Generoso was the son of Pasquale Caputo Bello.

Maria’s paternal grandmother was Irene Mabel Martinelli (the daughter of Enrico Martinelli and Maria Rossi).

Sources: Genealogy of Maria’s father –

Maria’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Salvatore Bello, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maria’s paternal grandmother, Irene Mabel Martinelli, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

her dark brown eyes scream Italian——–

Kimmel July 2, 2017 at 12:13 am

Could have sworn she had South African (country) ethnicity. I see slight Italian influence in the face.

andrew February 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

“My father was Italian. My grandfather from Montella (Province of Avellino, Campania), my grandmother from Pesaro (Marche)”.

andrew February 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

to people who don’t know, Bello is an adjective that in Italian means “beautiful”, referred to men

Vanessa June 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

oh wow, I knew Bello was Italian but I thought it might have been a screen name… she sure doesn’t look very Italian.

MettaWorkPlease November 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Look up EU politician Federica Mogherini, looks a bit like Maria

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