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Annabella Sciorra

Annabella Sciorra American actress

American actress
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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra
Is Film producer Actor Film actor Television actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 29 March 1960, Brooklyn, USA
Age: 60 years
Star sign AriesAries
Height: 1.60655 m
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Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra (/ˈʃrə/ SHOH-rə, [ˈʃɔːrra]; 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 in The Sopranos (2001–04).

Early life

Sciorra was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father. Her parents are Italian immigrants (her father is from the Central Italian region of Abruzzo, while her mother is from Formia, a comune in the province of Latina, in the Central Italian region of Lazio). Sciorra studied dance as a child, and later took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


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, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, and the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune (all 1990). The latter 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 De Mornay 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; Romeo Is Bleeding, with Gary Oldman; Mr. Wonderful, with Matt Dillon (all 1993); Abel Ferrara's The Addiction (1995) and The Funeral (1996), with Christopher Walken; 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 in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2005–06); the FOX series Mental (2009); and guest appearances in The L Word, ER, The Good Wife, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2018, she starred as Rosalie Carbone in the second season of Luke Cage. Of Sciorra's casting, executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker said: "I've been a huge fan of hers since Jungle Fever, and [she's] no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven't seen her this gangster since [...] The Sopranos. I'm thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel's Luke Cage". Later that year, she reprised the role of Carbone in the third season of Daredevil.

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 up in 2007.

In October 2017, Sciorra leveled allegations of rape against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. In an article published by The New Yorker, Sciorra alleged that Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in 1993, then over a number of years repeatedly sexually harassed her.

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
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