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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 17, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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A gifted actress and singer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was blessed with a striking beauty and undeniable screen presence that brought her recognition alongside some of filmdom's biggest stars. After making her impressive, blood-soaked feature film debut in Brian De Palma's controversial gangster epic "Scarface" (1983), she performed on the stages of New York for a time before returning to the screen opposite multi-generational screen idols Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" (1986). However, consequent efforts such as "Slam Dance" (1987) and "The January Man" (1989) failed to capitalize on that early success. Although visionary director James Cameron's ambitious undersea epic "The Abyss" (1989) placed the actress back in the spotlight, the exhausting and dangerous experience on the set of the adventure may have also soured her taste for blockbuster filmmaking. Early 1990s work included starring turns in respectable films like "Class Action" (1991) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), followed by participation in the easily forgotten "White Sands" (1992) and "Consenting Adults" (1992). While her output decreased in the years that followed, the actress...

A gifted actress and singer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was blessed with a striking beauty and undeniable screen presence that brought her recognition alongside some of filmdom's biggest stars. After making her impressive, blood-soaked feature film debut in Brian De Palma's controversial gangster epic "Scarface" (1983), she performed on the stages of New York for a time before returning to the screen opposite multi-generational screen idols Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" (1986). However, consequent efforts such as "Slam Dance" (1987) and "The January Man" (1989) failed to capitalize on that early success. Although visionary director James Cameron's ambitious undersea epic "The Abyss" (1989) placed the actress back in the spotlight, the exhausting and dangerous experience on the set of the adventure may have also soured her taste for blockbuster filmmaking. Early 1990s work included starring turns in respectable films like "Class Action" (1991) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), followed by participation in the easily forgotten "White Sands" (1992) and "Consenting Adults" (1992). While her output decreased in the years that followed, the actress resurfaced occasionally in high-profile projects like "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Even though her films were not all met with rave reviews, Mastrantonio's innate talent allowed her to retain a highly respected reputation as one if Hollywood's more dependable actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Perfect Storm, The (2000) Linda Greenlaw
4.
 My Life So Far (1999) Moira
5.
 Limbo (1999) Donna De Angelo
6.
 Witness Protection (1999) Cindy Batton
7.
 Three Wishes (1995) Jeanne
8.
 Two Bits (1995) Luisa
9.
 Consenting Adults (1992) Priscilla Parker
10.
 White Sands (1992) Lane Bodine
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1976:
Sang and danced at Opryland theme park in Nashville, TN, during summer breaks in college
1979:
Professional musical debut in a Chicago-area production of "Camelot"
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Cast as the understudy for the role of Maria in the Broadway revival of "West Side Story"
1980:
Moved to New York City
1981:
Co-starred in the short-lived Broadway musical, "Oh Brother"
1982:
Served as understudy for the role of Constanze Mozart in "Amadeus"
1983:
Appeared in the workshop version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Sunday in the Park With George"
1983:
Played a small role in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"; part was cut from the released version
1983:
Made film debut, as the sister of Al Pacino's Tony Montana, in Brian De Palma's "Scarface"
1984:
Co-starred in the stage musical, "The Human Comedy"
1984:
Played Katherine opposite Kevin Kline's "Henry V" in NYC's Central Park
1985:
Made TV-movie debut in "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC); portrayed Edda Mussolini
1986:
Played Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Scorsese's "The Color of Money"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1987:
Starred opposite Mandy Patinkin in the Off-Broadway musical, "The Knife"
1989:
Co-starred opposite Kline in "The January Man"; directed by future husband Pat O'Connor
1989:
Cast as Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Twelfth Night" in Central Park
1989:
Played Ed Harris' estranged wife in James Cameron's underwater epic, "The Abyss"
1990:
Again directed by O'Connor in the period drama, "Fools of Fortune"
1991:
Played Maid Marian to Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
1992:
Re-teamed with Kline for "Consenting Adults," a thriller involving wife swapping and murder
1995:
Returned to the New York stage for the Lincoln Center production of "Northeast Local"
1995:
Re-teamed with Al Pacino, this time as his daughter, in the sentimental drama "Two Bits"
1996:
Contributed narration to the PBS special, "The West"
1999:
Played a Scottish wife and mother in "My Life So Far"
1999:
Cast as a singer who falls for a fisherman in John Sayles' "Limbo"
1999:
Starred opposite Tom Sizemore in the HBO drama, "Witness Protection"
2000:
Portrayed Linda Greenlaw, the only female fishing boat captain, in the feature adaptation of "The Perfect Storm"
2002:
Played Aldonza/Dulcinea, opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell, in the Broadway revival of "Man of La Mancha"
2005:
Played the recurring role of Anne Cassidy in the CBS drama, "Without a Trace"
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Will join the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (USA Network)
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Education

University of Illinois: Urbana , Illinois - 1976 - 1978

Notes

Mastrantonio explained that she went into acting because "it felt safe. ... When I was growing up my mother was very sick. The worst thing that could happen was I might forget a line--and believe me, it's devastating when it happens. The surprises [in acting] are great, but you know at the end no one's going to die, no one's going to disappear. You're there." --quoted in New York Woman, June 1991.

"I originally though Maid Marian would be 'one of the guys'

On playing strong women: "I think it has to do with the way I perceive things. I was raised with a lot of confidence, whic carries over into the roles I play." --Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio quoted in Time Out New York, November 1-8, 1995.

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husband:
Pat O'Connor. Director. Irish; directed her in "The January Man" (1988) and "Fools of Fortune" (1990).

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father:
Frank A Mastrantonio. Foundryman. Operated bronze foundry; Italian immigrant.
mother:
Mary D Mastrantonio. Died c. 1991; was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis for decades.
son:
Jack O'Connor. Born c. 1992.
son:
Declan O'Connor. Born in January 1997.
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