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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Limbo
  • Donna De Angelo
2004
No Score Yet Tabloid
  • Actor
2004
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Linda Greenlaw
2000
No Score Yet Witness Protection
  • Cindy Batton
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • Moira Pettigrew
1999
72% Limbo
  • Actor
1999
40% Two Bits
  • Luisa
1995
13% Three Wishes
  • Jeanne Holman
1995
No Score Yet Under Pressure: Making The Abyss
  • Actor
1993
27% Consenting Adults
  • Priscilla Parker
1992
47% White Sands
  • Lane Bodine
1992
50% 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
21% The January Man
  • Bernadette Flynn
1989
No Score Yet The Abyss (Special Edition)
  • Actor
1989
20% Slam Dance
  • Helen Drood
1987
90% The Color of Money
  • Carmen
1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story
  • Edda
1985
82% Scarface
  • Gina Montana
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
86% Grimm
2011
  • Kelly Burkhardt Woman in Black
57% Limitless
2015-2016
  • Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran SAC Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Capt. Zoe Callas
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Anne Cassidy
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Sophia
57% Hostages
2013-2014
  • Mary Kincaid First Lady Mary
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

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