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Also Known As: Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra Died:
Born: March 29, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, office temp, bartender, aerobics instructor, waitress

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Annabella Sciorra briefly achieved leading lady status in the early 1990s, undertaking a dangerous dalliance in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (1991) and suffering the torments of psycho-nanny Rebecca De Mornay in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992). Coming of age in Brooklyn, NY, Sciorra began earning screen parts in the late 1980s, turning in a comedic performance in the breezy comedy "True Love" (1989). She would score her big break as the working class Italian-American secretary hooking up with her African-American boss (Wesley Snipes) in Lee's examination of the social dynamics of interracial relationships In "Jungle Fever." It vaulted her to bigger parts in such films as "Whispers in the Dark" (1992) and "The Night We Never Met" (1993), but she would plateau into supporting roles and largely unheralded indie fare, often cast as put-upon paramours in a run of crime films highlighted by "Romeo is Bleeding" (1993) and "Cop Land" (1997). She veered into television in 2001 as an obsessive saleswoman involved with tough-guy Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), and would go to short TV stints, playing a detective on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ), and a shrink on "Mental"...

Annabella Sciorra briefly achieved leading lady status in the early 1990s, undertaking a dangerous dalliance in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (1991) and suffering the torments of psycho-nanny Rebecca De Mornay in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (1992). Coming of age in Brooklyn, NY, Sciorra began earning screen parts in the late 1980s, turning in a comedic performance in the breezy comedy "True Love" (1989). She would score her big break as the working class Italian-American secretary hooking up with her African-American boss (Wesley Snipes) in Lee's examination of the social dynamics of interracial relationships In "Jungle Fever." It vaulted her to bigger parts in such films as "Whispers in the Dark" (1992) and "The Night We Never Met" (1993), but she would plateau into supporting roles and largely unheralded indie fare, often cast as put-upon paramours in a run of crime films highlighted by "Romeo is Bleeding" (1993) and "Cop Land" (1997). She veered into television in 2001 as an obsessive saleswoman involved with tough-guy Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), and would go to short TV stints, playing a detective on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ), and a shrink on "Mental" (Fox, 2009). Throughout the 2000s, Sciorra kept her hand in off-Broadway theater, and made her Broadway debut in 2011 opposite Chris Rock in "The Motherf--ker With the Hat." A disarming beauty, Sciorra proved herself a stalwart of New York's drama scene and a captivating performer in nearly every medium in the trade.

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4.
 Green Story, A (2013)
5.
 Marvelous (2006)
6.
 Find Me Guilty (2006)
7.
 12 and Holding (2005)
8.
 Chasing Liberty (2004) Cynthia Morales
10.
 Domenica (2001) Betibu
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Studied dance as a child
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Formed The Brass Ring Theatre Company at age 20
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Appeared in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions and acted at the Actors Repertory Theatre
1988:
Made TV-movie debut as Sophia Loren's daughter in "Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim" (NBC)
1989:
Made feature film debut in "True Love"
1990:
Played Ron Silver's lover in "Reversal of Fortune" and Richard Gere's wife in "Internal Affairs"
1990:
First film with Robin Williams, "Cadillac Man"; cast as Tim Robbins' straying spouse
1991:
Portrayed an Italian-American woman who embarks on an affair with a married Black architect in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"
1992:
Played a new mother who hires a vengeful nanny in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
1993:
Was one of three people sharing a NYC apartment in "The Night We Never Met"
1993:
Cast as Matt Dillon's ex-wife in Anthony Minghella's "Mr. Wonderful"
1994:
Made her Broadway debut in David Rabe's "Those the River Keeps"
1995:
First collaboration with director Abel Ferrara, "The Addiction"
1995:
Portrayed the mother of an AIDS-infected child in "The Cure"
1996:
Made debut as an associate producer with Ferrara's "The Funeral"; also co-starred
1997:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries, "Asteroid"
1997:
Received critical acclaim for her work in "Cop Land"
1998:
Had featured role in Ferrara's "The New Rose Hotel"
1998:
Appeared as Robin Williams' wife in "What Dreams May Come"
1999:
Acted opposite Fisher Stevens in "Shyster" at Naked Angels in NYC
2000:
Played the wife of a contract killer in "Once in the Life"
2000:
Re-teamed with Fisher Stevens in the digitally-shot independent film "Sam the Man"
2001:
Teamed with Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo in "King of the Jungle"
2001:
Played recurring role of Tony mistress, Gloria Trillo on the HBO series "The Sopranos"; received an Emmy nomination
2001:
Played the sister of an actress who contracts Lou Gehrig's disease in the CBS TV-movie, "Jenifer"
2004:
Appeared in the comedy "Chasing Liberty"
2005:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," as police detective Carolyn Barek
2006:
Played DiNorscio's (Vin Diesel) ex-wife in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty"
2006:
Cast in Michael Cuesta's sophomore feature "Twelve and Holding"
2007:
Had a recurring role on the fourth season of Showtime's "The L Word"
2009:
Played a hospital administrator in the short-lived Fox series, "Mental"
2011:
Co-starred in Stephen Adly Guirgis' controversial play "The Motherf**ker With the Hat," opposite Chris Rock
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Education

HB Studio: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Sciorra was named "Female Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Bookers Club in 1991.

"Press junkets are incredibly annoying. You sit in a chair for three to six hours and have different journalists shuttle in for three minutes at a time, asking cheesy movie questions to get a quick sound bite -- and that's their only objective. You can't really move or eat. You're just stuck there. It's pressure, constant pressure." --Annabella Sciorra quoted in Time Out New York, November 18-25, 1999.

"There's no character, there's just you and a bunch of words on a page. And sometimes you say them with a funny accent, or wear funny shoes, or dye your hair. But basically it's just you. I think it's very simple, I hate it when acting teachers talk as if it's some strange, mysterious thing that maybe, some day if you're lucky, you might achieve for about two moments. I's very Zen to me. You just breathe and open your mouth." --Annabella Sciorra on the technique of acting quoted in Empire, January 1999.

"I grew up in a pretty progressive household. My mother was a feminist and extremely encouraging in terms of me choosing what I wanted to do, without pushing me into anything. She made me feel I could be anything. I was very fortunate." --Annabella Sciorra in the London Times, December 12, 1998.

"There was definitely a moment, a time after The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, when I did get offered a lot of women in jeopardy-type roles," she recalls. "But I couldn't do it, physically, I just couldn't. But now I know what I know, I wonder if I should have played the whole fame game a little more. The thing is, I wasn't surrounded by lots of people who were helping me build a career.

"Maybe if I had been they'd have talked me out of doing some of the things I did, the plays back in New York or what-have-you, and into doing bigger movies. I did do one movie purely for the effect it might have had on my career - that was Whispers in the Dark (1992) - and I thought it was atrocious. But I feel that I've worked with a lot of interesting people, and I have no regrets. I'm just curious about what I might have done if I'd had people in my life then who did explain what the publicity game was.

"And it's become so much more of a game in the last four or five years. There's a whole other thing that happens - showing up at premieres in designer dresses and having a certain amount of cleavage or ass showing, or having the right, in-the-moment haircut. I was never given that choice." --Annabella Sciorra to the London Times, December 12, 1998.

"I think there is a difference between letting your career have its own path and trying to manipulate that path," she says. "I know if I want to I can still go out to L. A. and be a more career-orientated and ambitious person. I think my problem is that I'm lazy. I don't know where some actors get the energy to do that business stuff. I'm torn between going to a meeting and having a nap." --Sciorra to the London Times, December 12, 1998.

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Joe Petruzzi. Actor. Separated c. 1992.

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