Originally from Buffalo, NY, Maria grew up in a loving and crazy Italian family. After highschool, she began dancing professionally in Las Vegas and worked with entertainment indusrty greats like Prince, Tina Turner and Reba MacEntire. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Maria studied acting with Stella Adler and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Maria has starred in several films and produced short films and one feature film, APRIL'S SHOWER, in which she played the title role and won several festival awards. On television, Maria has appeared in primetime shows such as Seinfeld, Criminal Minds, The Young & The Restless & Beverly Hills 90210, and in over 50 national comercials. She has appeared on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, The Mark Taper forum, The Kirk Douglas and The Boston Court Theaters in plays and musicals. Maria began designing jewelry in 2003, and was quickly scouted by Cirque du Soeil and asked to design a collection for sale at the circus. Her fine jewelry collection, Spiritual Lingerie, has been worn by many celebrities including Naomi Campbell, and supermodel Josie Maran and has been featured in IN Style and Harper's Bazaar Magazines. Maria is passionate about childrens' causes and is very active with the Children Mending Hearts Organization and The Children Of Vietnam Organization, with whom she built a kindergarten in Danang, Vietnam. She is happily married to Blair Harrison, founder of FREQUENCY.com, and they have one fantastic son, Nam, whom they adopted from Vietnam. They live in Los Angeles with two rescued doggies.
Creating sexy, functional and interesting living spaces is a natural expression for Maria. Lifestyle design is unique with each client's diverse needs. From blue print advice to finish materials, Maria's collaboration results in a well budgeted, timely, and extraordinary reinvention of your home. Email Maria directly for a consult.
Using the finest materials available, each piece of Maria's jewelry is lovingly made to order. With a focus on the healing properties of gemstones, Maria's creations are more than simple adornment. They are energetic tools for chnage. Lead into international jet set popularity by super model Naomi Campbell, Maria's Spiritual Lingerie body chains have been featured in In Style and Bazaar magazines. Personal requests for engagement ring design, earring design will also be honored with the same attention to detail. If you are interested in placing an order, please email Maria directly.
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