Annabella Sciorra

Annabella Sciorra

Birth name: Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra
Born: March 29, 1960
Age: 58
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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Biography

Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra (/ˈʃoʊrə/, SHOH-rə; born March 29, 1960) is an American actress. Her film roles include True Love (1989), Cadillac Man (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), The Addiction (1995), Cop Land (1997), and What Dreams May Come (1998). She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos (2001-04).

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Early life

Sciorra was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father. Her parents are Italian American.

Sciorra studied dance as a child, and later took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Career

Sciorra made her feature film debut with a starring role in the 1989 comedy, True Love. She was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting: "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and her hard-as-nails negotiating style, perfectly captures the mood of the film, and makes Donna fully and touchingly drawn". The performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs (1990), the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man (1990), and the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune (1990), which received three Academy Award nominations.

She earned widespread attention in 1991 for her co-lead role in Spike Lee's film, Jungle Fever, opposite Wesley Snipes. In his review for The Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that Sciorra was "possessed of considerable presence, assurance and vulnerability". She then starred alongside Rebecca DeMornay in Curtis Hanson's 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which held the #1 position at the North American box office for four consecutive weeks.

Sciorra continued to work steadily throughout the 1990s. Film parts included The Night We Never Met, with Matthew Broderick (1993); Romeo is Bleeding, with Gary Oldman (1993); Mr. Wonderful, with Matt Dillon (1993); The Addiction, with Christopher Walken (1994); Cop Land, with Sylvester Stallone (1997); and What Dreams May Come (1998), in which she co-starred for a second time with Robin Williams.

In 2001, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo on the HBO series The Sopranos. Entertainment Weekly called it "a career changing performance".

In 2006, Sciorra co-starred with Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet. The film, based on the true story of the longest Mafia trial in American history, was described as "gripping" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who also called Sciorra's performance "excellent".

Subsequent credits include the CBS series Queens Supreme (2003); a recurring role as Det. Carolyn Barek on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005-06); the FOX series Mental (2009); and guest appearances on The L Word, ER, The Good Wife, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2018, she appeared in Luke Cage season 2 as Rosalie Carbone.

Personal life

Sciorra was married to actor Joe Petruzzi from 1989 to 1993. In 2004, she began a relationship with Bobby Cannavale which lasted for three years; the pair split in 2007.

In October 2017, Sciorra brought allegations of sexual assault against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. In an article published by The New Yorker, Sciorra alleged Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in the 1990s.

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1990 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress True Love Nominated
1990 Independent Spirit Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead True Love Won
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2011 Theatre World Awards Lunt-Fontanne Award for Ensemble Excellence The Motherfucker with the Hat Won

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1989 True Love Donna
1990 Internal Affairs Heather Peck
1990 Cadillac Man Donna
1990 Reversal of Fortune Sarah
1991 Hard Way, TheThe Hard Way Susan
1991 Jungle Fever Angie Tucci
1992 Hand That Rocks the Cradle, TheThe Hand That Rocks the Cradle Claire Bartel
1992 Whispers in the Dark Ann Hecker
1993 Night We Never Met, TheThe Night We Never Met Ellen Holder
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Natalie Grimaldi
1993 Mr. Wonderful Leonora
1995 Addiction, TheThe Addiction Casanova
1995 Cure, TheThe Cure Linda
1996 Innocent Sleep, TheThe Innocent Sleep Billie Hayman
1996 Underworld Dr. Leah
1996 Funeral, TheThe Funeral Jean Also associate producer
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 Betibù
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 Green Story, AA Green Story Chloe
2013 The Maid's Room Mrs. Crawford
2014 Don Peyote Giulietta
2014 Friends and Romans Angela DeMaio
2015 Stranger in the House Mrs. Menabar
2015 Alto Sofia Del Vecchio Also producer
2016 Back In the Day Mary

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim Dr. Andrew McKay Miniseries
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Nicole Television film
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Brenda Television film
1997 Asteroid Dr. Lily McKee Television film
2001 Touched by an Angel Dr. Sarah Conover Episode: "The Face of God"
2001 Jenifer Meredith Estess Television film
2001-2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Gloria Trillo 7 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Judge Kim Vicidomini 13 episodes
2004 Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story Connie Volkos Television film
2004 Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel, TheThe Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel Jeanette Maier Television film
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Maggie Dettweiler Episode: "The Abominable Showman"
2005-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Carolyn Barek 12 episodes
2007 L Word, TheThe L Word Kate Arden 3 episodes
2007 ER Diana Moore 2 episodes
2009 Mental Nora Skoff 12 episodes
2010 Whole Truth, TheThe Whole Truth Madeline Landon Episode: "When Cougars Attack"
2012 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Lesli Rand Episode: "Waiting for Knock"
2013 Blue Bloods Dr. Grace Meherin Episode: "Front Page News"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nancy Brass Episode: "Skin in the Game"
2014 Wishin' and Hopin' Ma Television film
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Jeanette Vandercroix Episode: "Black Widow"
2016 The Inherited Mrs. Menabar Television film
2017 Bull ADA Shelly Giordano Episode: "Bring it On"
2018 GLOW Rosalie Biagi Recurring
2018 Luke Cage Rosalie Carbone

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Those the River Keeps Off-Broadway
1999 The Vagina Monologues Off-Broadway
2004 Roar Hala Off-Broadway
2007 Spain Barbara Off-Broadway
2011 The Motherfucker with the Hat Victoria Broadway
2015 A Month in the Country Lizaveta Off-Broadway
Charities

Annabella Sciorra supports the following charitable cause: Children.

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