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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Lombard, Illinois, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Mary D. (Pagone) and Frank A. Mastrantonio, who ran a bronze foundry. Her parents were of Italian descent. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and began her career in school plays as a teenager. Mary attended the University of Illinois and got bitten by the acting bug, starring in "Guys and Dolls".

Leaving for New York, she took part in "West Side Story" in 1981. She also made it into movies, starring alongside Al Pacino in Scarface (1983). In 1985, she starred in The Color of Money (1986), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Around 1990, a string of movies came about that really gave her a lot of attention: important roles in The Abyss (1989), Class Action (1991), and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). At this time she married The January Man (1989) director Pat O'Connor. Mastrantonio is also a renowned cabaret-style singer, and her singing is showcased in John Sayles's Limbo (1999).

Careerwise, she took the decision to pick roles she liked instead of roles that would attract attention. Also, she took time off to be with her family. As of 2001, she lives with her husband and two children in London, England, UK.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mattias Thuresson < mattias.thuresson@mbox300.swipnet.se>

Spouse (1)

Pat O'Connor (1990 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Once trained for a career as an opera singer.
Graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.
Of all the people ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting, Mastrantonio has the longest name.
Sons Jack O'Connor (born 1992) and Declan O'Connor (born 1997) with Pat O'Connor.
Replaced Robin Wright, due to pregnancy, as Maid Marion in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) with Kevin Costner.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for portraying the Aldonza/Dulcinea character in a revival of "Man of La Mancha."
Italian-American.
Suffered a serious mental and emotional breakdown during the problem-plagued shoot of the James Cameron film The Abyss (1989).
Was neighbors with Alan Rickman in London in the early 90's. They worked together in January Man and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
Currently starring as Aldonza in the Broadway revival of "Man of LaMancha" at the Martin Beck Theatre [December 2002]
Appearing in 'Grand Hotel' at the Donmar Warehouse in London, UK [December 2004]

Personal Quotes (11)

I used to go home at night and just shake, because I had no idea that's what acting was gonna be.
I hate it when people say, Mary Elizabeth, this may be hell, but the movie is going to be sooo good.
Hollywood is run by men who are big on vulnerability.
Some stars like to hide behind the whole idea of acting. But really good actors are not hiding at all. They're not afraid to be disliked, to be a little unsavory.
I do need to be told when I'm going wrong. No one's acting can be an exact, 100 percent science.
As a measure of acting skills, film can be very deceptive.
I'm not looking at money, percentage points or grosses. This is my life, you know? To me, every day matters.
Domesticity has to mean nesting. Otherwise, six months go by, and you don't know where your underwear is.
Suddenly, I realized: this was what I wanted to do. I didn't know how to do it; I just knew acting felt right.
I've never found that it jars to go back and forth.
I've worked with leading men so worried about losing their charm that they were always winking to the audience.

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