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Annabella Sciorra

Annabella SciorraAnnabella Sciorra, born on March 29th, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York is an American film, television, and stage actress. Sciorra received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead for the 1989 film True Love, and came to wide public attention from her co-lead role in the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever in 1991. Just a nice girl from Brooklyn who ended up famous from being an actress in one of the best made for television productions ever created along with her other excellent film, television and stage work.

Next she starred in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle in 1992, and received rave reviews for her work in Cop Land. She was the recipient of an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Gloria Trillo in the HBO series The Sopranos.

Sciorra was born to a housewife mother and a veterinarian father who both are Italian Americans - her father having emigrated from Carunchio, Abruzzo, Italy in 1951. In her childhood she studied dance and began taking drama lessons when she got older at the Hagen-Berghoff Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both located in New York City.

On November 5th, 1981, she founded the Brass Ring Theater Company when she was only 21 years of age. She married actor Joe Petruzzi on December 31st, 1989 and they divorced 1993. She was romantically linked with actor Bobby Cannavale from 2004 to 2007.

After honing her craft in off-Broadway productions, the Brooklyn-born actor made her first big impression in the indie wedding comedy True Love and thereafter appeared in a couple of films, both indies, Cop Land and The Addiction.

Annabella SciorraHer mainstream films included the romantic comedies Mr. Wonderful and The Night We Never Met. An Emmy-nominated role as Tony Soprano's mistress on The Sopranos launched a new career on television, which continued with a role on the short-lived Queens Supreme. Sciorra is probably the only actresses who can say she had the opportunity to throw meat at James Gandolfini. As she told Entertainment Weekly, regarding the filming of Gloria's meltdown in The Sopranos:

"I hit him pretty much every time I threw it. They wanted me to use a fake sponge steak, but it didn't throw the same way."

This was followed by her critically acclaimed role as a know-it-all detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Despite her popularity in the role, she left the series after one season, and later landed in the quirky hospital drama Mental, which lasted one season in 2009.

Her Television-movie debut had begun in 1988 when she played Sophia Loren's daughter in Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim.

An accomplished stage actor she landed roles in Those The River Keeps, The Vagina Monologues, Roar in 2004, Spain in 2007 and The Motherfucker with the Hat in 2011.

Annabella SciorraAnnabella Sciorra Personal Quotes

When speaking of her worst job ever:

"Teaching aerobics on the Upper East Side. It seemed like everyone in my class was anorexic. They had absolutely no energy. Every class, you would always have somebody literally passing out."

In regard to the film The Hard Way in 1991:

"Yeah, I had to defend myself to all these women reporters who kept saying, 'How can you do a role like this, such a girlfriend role?' And I said, 'So what? It's not offensive, or homophobic or misogynistic. So I play Jimmy's (James Woods) girlfriend. Big fucking deal'. I thought it was really funny and charming. I thought Michael (Michael J. Fox) was great, and that Jimmy was hilarious. I enjoyed working with both of them. It was a great thing to do; I had a ball, because all I had to do was bounce back and forth between the two of them and enjoy myself."

What she learned in the film True Love in 1989:

"It's always weird doing love scenes. And the thing is, you can't really photograph two people kissing naturally, because then you wouldn't be able to see anything. . There's got to be this...distance. Because you have to be able to see something. We shot the love scene in True Love for a whole day. I'd never done anything like that before, it was my first film. Ron (Ron Eldard) and I were good friends, and then, all of a sudden, we had to do this love scene. It's almost easier to do if you don't know the person well. We were like, 'Okay, maybe you're not going to like the way I kiss, okay, just tell me if I do something you don't like'. It was so embarrassing. You get so intimate when the cameras are rolling, that when they yell 'cut', you're mortified."

Annabella SciorraHer thoughts on love scenes from another film:

"But I don't know what to say about the love scene in Jungle Fever, because they're always very uncomfortable. The thing is, when we do fight scenes, when we kill people in the movies, they bring in experts to choreograph it bit by bit, because you can't really kill someone, and you don't want to really hurt them.

And in the love scene, you can't really fuck someone. It's make-believe. But when they do love scenes, they don't do anything like that. They don't bring in the love-scene choreographer."

On originally wanting to do Rebecca De Mornay's role in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle in 1992:

"Originally, they wanted me for the nanny and they wanted Rebecca for the mommy. We screen-tested both ways. I don't know if Rebecca had real strong feelings either way, and I didn't either. I think it would have been just as interesting to play the nanny, it was certainly the flashier part.

But then Curtis (Curtis Hanson) and I had a very long talk and he explained why he decided he'd rather I play the other part. I wasn't so sure about it at first, but then we kept talking, and he explained how he felt. And I agreed to do it. I think Rebecca was great."

Annabella SciorraOn being recognized in 1992:

"A lot of weird things happen to me. People call out to me on the street and I figure I know them, and I walk over. And then they start to talk about a movie, and I get so embarrassed. Sometimes they think I'm Lorraine Bracco or Laura San Giacomo or Marisa Tomei. I'm sure it happens to them all the time, too.

The thing that drives me nuts is when I get stopped in a crowded place, and they look at me and say, 'Who are you?' I don't know if they're friends or fans, and I say, 'I'm Annabella Sciorra', and they say, 'What have you done?' So I start to give them my resume. It's so embarrassing.

It was kind of funny that everybody that was on the show, even after they got killed off, you would see them coming by for lunch. Nobody wanted to leave the family."

About her Sopranos role as Gloria Trillo:

"People were like, 'We're never going to like you because you're sleeping with Tony, and he's married'. People were really very furious about it. They also, on the other hand, would say, 'When you threw that steak at Tony, you threw that steak for all womankind'.

I remember when we shot that scene the crew all wanted to throw the steak. At first they used, like, a sponge steak, and then they used a real one, and that was easy. I had a good aim."

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Year Title Role Notes
1989 True Love Donna
1990 Internal Affairs Heather Peck
1990 Cadillac Man Donna
1990 Reversal of Fortune Sarah
1991 The Hard Way Susan
1991 Jungle Fever Angie Tucci
1992 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Claire Bartel
1992 Whispers in the Dark Ann Hecker
1993 The Night We Never Met Ellen Holder
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Natalie Grimaldi
1993 Mr. Wonderful Leonora
1995 The Addiction Casanova
1995 The Cure Linda
1996 The Innocent Sleep Billie Hayman
1996 Underworld Dr. Leah
1996 The Funeral Jean
1997 Highball Molly
1997 Little City Nina
1997 Destination Anywhere: The Film Dorothy Video
1997 Cop Land Liz Randone
1997 Mr. Jealousy Ramona Ray
1998 New Rose Hotel Madame Rosa
1998 What Dreams May Come Annie Collins-Nielsen
2000 Above Suspicion Lisa Stockton
2000 King of the Jungle Mermaid
2000 Once in the Life< Maxine
2001 Sunday Betibu
2001 Sam the Man Cass
2004 Chasing Liberty Cynthia Morales
2004 American Crime Jane Berger Video
2005 12 and Holding Carla Chuang
2006 Find Me Guilty Bella DiNorscio
2006 Marvelous Lara
2012 A Green Story Chloe
2013 The Maid's Room Mrs. Crawford Post-production
2014 The Locals Mary Romano Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim Octavia TV miniseries
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Nicole TV film
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Brenda TV film
1997 Asteroid Dr. Lily McKee TV film
2001 Touched by an Angel Dr. Sarah Conover Episode: "The Face of God"
2001 Jenifer Meredith Estess TV film
2001-2004 The Sopranos Gloria Trillo Recurring role (7 episodes)
2003-2007 Queens Supreme Judge Kim Vicidomini Recurring role (13 episodes)
2004 The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Jeanette Maier TV film
2004 Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story Connie Volkos TV film
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Maggie Dettweiler Episode: "The Abominable Showman"
2005-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Carolyn Barek Main role (12 episodes)
2007 The L Word Kate Arden Episodes: "Little Boy Blue", "Literary License to Kill", "Long Time Coming"
2007 ER Diana Moore Episodes: "Photographs and Memories", "Lights Out"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lawyer Episode: "Self-made"
2009 Mental Nora Skoff Main role (12 episodes)
2010 The Whole Truth Madeline Landon Episode: "When Cougars Attack"
2012 The Good Wife Lesli Rand Episode: "Waiting for Knock"
2013 Blue Bloods Dr. Grace Meherin Episode: "Front Page News"
2013 CSI Nancy Brass Episode: "Skin in the Game"

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