A sexy blonde, Maria Pitillo has made steady progress in show business since cashing her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol commercial. She attracted attention as a Southern troublemaker o...
Played Spike's girlfriend Angel, the independent-minded daughter of the local Mafia don, in Paul Morrissey's "Spike of Bensonhurst"
Appeared as Mary Pickford in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin"
Went brunette to portray coffee-shop proprietor Gloria who fell for Dead Letter Office postal employee (Greg Kinnear) in Garry Marshall's "Dear God"
Starred in title role of NBC movie "Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story"
Raised in Mahwah, NJ
Portrayed Nancy Don Lewis, a sexy Southern troublemaker, on the ABC afternoon drama "Ryan's Hope"
Joined cast of the NBC series "Providence" as Tina, a single mother who becomes romantically involved with Robbie Hansen (Seth Peterson)
Began acting in regional theater productions while in high school
Appeared in "What If I'm Gay?", a "CBS Schoolbreak Special"
Co-starred in the NBC midseason replacement sitcom "House Rules"
Played Alan Arkin's daughter in TNT's "Cooperstown"
Had regular role as Alicia in Fox series "Partners"
Cast in the female lead as an aspiring reporter in Roland Emmerich's remake "Godzilla"
Received her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol spot
Made feature debut as masseuse in Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys"
Portrayed Annie DeMarco, singer and kept-girl of Al Capone, in the TNT movie "The Last Capone"
A sexy blonde, Maria Pitillo has made steady progress in show business since cashing her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol commercial. She attracted attention as a Southern troublemaker on ABC's daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" in the mid-1980s and made her feature debut as a masseuse in Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys" (1986). Pitillo landed her first significant screen role in "What If I'm Gay?" (1987), a "CBS Schoolbreak Special", then played prominent roles in "Spike of Bensonhurst" (1988, as Spike's girlfriend) and "She-Devil" (1989). She delivered an incisive cameo as Mary Pickford in "Chaplin" (1992) and garnered good notices as Matthew Modine's girlfriend in "Bye Bye, Love" (1995). Some of Pitillo's best work in the 90s was on the small screen in the TNT productions "The Last Capone" (1990, as the gangster's mistress) and "Cooperstown" (1993, as Alan Arkin's daughter) and in the title role as a victim of spousal abuse in the 1995 NBC movie "Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story". Displaying her comedic abilities, Pitillo co-starred as the fiancee of an architect (Tate Donovan) whose presence threatened his best friend (Jon Cryer) in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Partners" (1995-96). Adopting a brunette look, the actress acquitted herself as Gloria McKinney, the coffee-shop proprietor who falls for Greg Kinnear, in "Dear God" (1996). Pitillo then landed the coveted female lead as an aspiring reporter in Roland Emmerich's anticipated remake of "Godzilla" (1998).
"Pitillo's own style and makeup routine have remained consistent throughout her many roles. She favors nude lip color topped off with gloss. 'It looks natural, but it still gives good definition,' she says. Pitillo has also mastered the art of covering every single lash with mascara so they don't look fake. 'It's great to look glamorous when you're walking down a red carpet,' the actress says of Hollywood premieres, 'but you're just hoping you don't fall on your face.'" --From Us, December 1996.