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There's Something About Maria
Vital stats
46, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Lives in Los Angeles with her 12-year-old son, Jackson.

Why you know her
She got our attention as Dr. Anna Del Amico on ER before film roles in The Cooler, A History of Violence and the Grown Ups franchise.

Fashion go-to
Maria says she's worn the same uniform since she was 15, though she's upgraded: Now instead of a button-down, Levi's and Nikes, she favors "very crisp Helmut Lang shirts, Paige jeans, and a gorgeous pair of Fiorentini + Baker boots."

Mantra
Raised Catholic, she started saying the rosary after a recent health scare. "It's become my meditation—turns out I'm not an om girl, I'm a Hail Mary girl."

Secret weapon
Marula oil (it's from the seeds of the marula tree; women in rural Africa use it as a moisturizer). "I love the oil from the Leakey Collection. It makes everything smooth and doesn't clog my pores."

Her passion
We Advance, the organization she cofounded to advance the health and well-being of women in Haiti through free medical care, adult education and child outreach programs. "Haiti is a huge part of my life," says Maria, who is in the process of launching an educational Web site for women in Haiti that she hopes to replicate for other women's groups around the world.

Business and Pleasure


This perfectly fitted white suit proves covering up can be sexier than flashing a lot of skin—the stretch wool hugs curves and cinches the waist.

Jacket and skirt, Nina Ricci, Bergdorf Goodman; 212-753-7300. White gold and yellow gold bar necklaces, DanaRebeccaDesigns.com. Monogrammed necklace, ArielGordonJewelry.com. Beaded necklace, ColdwaterCreek.com. Clutch, Roger Vivier; 212-861-5371.

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