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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 March 1960Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameAnnabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Annabella Sciorra was born on March 29, 1960 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA as Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra. She is an actress and producer, known for What Dreams May Come (1998), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and Jungle Fever (1991). She was previously married to Joe Petruzzi.

Spouse (1)

Joe Petruzzi (31 December 1989 - 20 July 1993) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
Her father is a veterinarian.
Took acting lessons as a teenager.
She earned an Emmy nomination playing Tony Sopranos's girlfriend Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos (1999).
Attended New York's prestigious American Academy Of Dramatic Arts.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Had a relationship with actor Bobby Cannavale from 2004 to 2007.
Lives in New Orleans. [October 2004]

Personal Quotes (7)

(On 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.
(1992, on The Hard Way (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.
(1992) 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. That's what I learned in True Love (1989). There's got to be this...distance. Because you have to be able to see something. We shot the love scene in True Love (1989) 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. But I don't know what to say about the love scene in Jungle Fever (1991), 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.
(1992, on originally wanting to do Rebecca De Mornay's role in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (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.
(1992, on being recognized) 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.
[on her The Sopranos (1999) 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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