Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Highest Rated: 89% The Abyss (1989)
Lowest Rated: 13% Three Wishes (1995)
Birthday: Nov 17, 1958
Birthplace: Lombard, Illinois, USA
The daughter of first generation Italian-Americans, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Oak Park, IL. Oak Park was also the home town of Ernest Hemingway; some of his "don't mess with me" spirit seems to have been passed on by osmosis to Mastrantonio, who has made her career playing a number of feisty, strong-willed women. Trained for an operatic career, she studied voice at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and had one of her first gigs in an Opryland production of Showboat. Once in New York, Mastrantonio was hired for the 1981 revival of West Side Story, and was lauded in the press for her peppery portrayal of Viola in a New York Shakespeare Festival staging of Twelfth Night.Mastrantonio's first film was Scarface (1983), in which she played Al Pacino's sister (the incestuous subtext was just as pronounced here as in the original 1931 version). She then essayed the role of Benito Mussolini's embittered daughter Edda in the TV miniseries Mussolini: The Untold Story, which starred George C. Scott in the title role. In both of these productions, Mastrantonio tended to be overshadowed by her male co-stars, but she more than held her own opposite such heady company as Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in The Color of Money (1986), an assignment which won her both a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.After appearing in a few more films -- most notably The Abyss, in which she played Ed Harris' estranged engineer wife -- she starred as Maid Marian in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991. As a mark of the impression the actress had made in strong, self-reliant roles, her transformation into a damsel in distress during the film's final scenes were greeted with audible audience groans. Unfortunately, following the huge commercial -- if not critical -- success of the film, Mastrantonio's visibility receded; over the next few years she could be seen in a number of relatively obscure films, perhaps the most notable of which was Two Bits (1995) with Al Pacino. However, in 1999 Mastrantonio reemerged in the public -- or at least art house -- consciousness, thanks to lead roles in My Life So Far, in which she played Colin Firth's wife, and John Sayles' Limbo, in which she portrayed another strong-willed woman, an itinerant lounge singer who meets an uncertain fate in deepest, darkest Alaska.In the years to come, Mastrantonio would appear in many successful projects to come, most notably on the TV series Without a Trace and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Russell Girl Gayle Russell 2008
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls Maria 2005
No Score Yet The Brooke Ellison Story Jean Ellison 2004
No Score Yet Tabloid Actor 2004
47% The Perfect Storm Linda Greenlaw 2000
60% Witness Protection Cindy Batton 1999
70% My Life So Far Moira Pettigrew 1999
72% Limbo Donna De Angelo 1999
40% Two Bits Luisa 1995
13% Three Wishes Jeanne Holman 1995
No Score Yet Under Pressure: Making The Abyss Actor 1993
25% Consenting Adults Priscilla Parker 1992
47% White Sands Lane Bodine 1992
51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Marian 1991
75% Class Action Maggie Ward 1991
No Score Yet Fools of Fortune Marianne 1990
89% The Abyss Lindsey 1989
20% The January Man Bernadette Flynn 1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition) Actor 1989
20% Slam Dance Helen Drood 1987
89% The Color of Money Carmen 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Edda 1985
81% Scarface Gina Montana $0.7M 1983


No Score Yet Blindspot
Madeline Burke Madeline
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Capt. Zoe Callas
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2010
57% Limitless
Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran SAC Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran
  • 2016
  • 2015
56% Hostages
Mary Kincaid First Lady Mary
  • 2014
  • 2013
89% Grimm
Kelly Burkhardt Woman in Black
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
  • 2013
No Score Yet Without a Trace
Anne Cassidy
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2000
94% Frasier
  • 1995

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