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Maria Bello is known for films like "Coyote Ugly" and "A History of Violence," as well as NBC's "ER." But a few years ago, the actress also became known for a part of her life off-screen -- her love life. She reads her own essay, "Coming Out as a Modern Family."

Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, activist, and author.  She is the co-founder of We Advance, an NGO based in Haiti that advocates for women throughout the country to have full political, economic, and social participation.

She is a leader in the movement in Hollywood for equal pay and equal participation of women in front of and behind the camera.  As a member of the Systemic Change project through Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, she is helping to find solutions to gender parity issues in the industry.

She began her career as an activist at Villanova University, where she majored in Peace and Justice Education and worked at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. She was voted one of Variety magazine’s most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur. She works with many international women’s organizations including Equality Now and Women Thrive Worldwide.

She is currently starring in the David Kelly series "Goliath" for Amazon and the movie "Lights Out," which opens in July.

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