Love is Love
Maria Bello was recovering from a life-threatening illness in 2013 when she made a discovery that changed her life: She was in love with her
best friend, a woman named Clare.
In her new book Bello examines the myths that so many believe about partnership—that the partnership begins when the sex begins, that
partnerships are static, that you have to love yourself before you can be loved, and turns them on their heads. She explores how many different relationships—romantic, platonic, spiritual,
familial, educational—helped define her life. She encourages women to realize that the only labels we have are the ones we put on ourselves, and the best, happiest partnerships are the ones
that make your life better, even if they don’t fit the mold of “typical.”
The daughter of a working-class Roman Catholic Italian American father and Polish American mother, she majored in political science at
Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions before moving on to become one of today’s most successful actresses. She
speaks often and highly of the influence her Polish American grandmother had on her.