Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Scarface
 
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Updated: 8/12/16

Name: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Born: November 17, 1958 - Lombard, Illinois

Claim To Fame: She's best known for her memorable roles in Scarface, The Abyss and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Family Life: Mastrantonio has been married to director Pat O'Connor, who helmed The January Man, since 1990; the couple has two sons.

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Info: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Mary D. (Pagone) and Frank A. Mastrantonio, who ran a bronze foundry. Her parents were of Italian descent. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and began her career in school plays as a teenager. Mary attended the University of Illinois and got bitten by the acting bug, starring in "Guys and Dolls".

Leaving for New York, she took part in "West Side Story" in 1981. She also made it into movies, starring alongside Al Pacino in Scarface (1983). In 1985, she starred in The Color of Money (1986), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Around 1990, a string of movies came about that really gave her a lot of attention: important roles in The Abyss (1989), Class Action (1991), and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). At this time she married The January Man (1989) director Pat O'Connor. Mastrantonio is also a renowned cabaret-style singer, and her singing is showcased in John Sayles's Limbo (1999).

Careerwise, she took the decision to pick roles she liked instead of roles that would attract attention. Also, she took time off to be with her family. As of 2001, she lives with her husband and two children in London, England, UK.

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Trivia: Once trained for a career as an opera singer.

Graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School.

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38.

Of all the people ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting, Mastrantonio has the longest name.

Sons Jack O'Connor (born 1992) and Declan O'Connor (born 1997) with Pat O'Connor.

Was Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated for her role in The Color of Money (1986).

Replaced Robin Wright, due to pregnancy, as Maid Marion in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) with Kevin Costner.

Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for portraying the Aldonza/Dulcinea character in a revival of "Man of La Mancha."

Suffered a serious mental and emotional breakdown during the problem-plagued shoot of the James Cameron film The Abyss (1989).

Was neighbors with Alan Rickman in London in the early 90's. They worked together in January Man and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Where Are They Now: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is still a big presence in films, on television and on the stage.

She recently starred on the small screen adaptation of the hit 2011 film Limitless, which was canceled much too soon after it's freshman season.

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