Maria Pitillo was born January 8, 1965 in Emira, New York but was raised in Mahweh, New Jersey. In 1995 she co-starred with Tate Donovan in the short-lived Fox sitcom Partners. Future Friends star Jennifer Aniston guest starred in one episode, who was actually dating Tate at the time. However unlike his later appearances in Friends, Jennifer's and Tate's characters were not in a relationship in the series. Maria also guest starred in a 1993 episode of Mad About You.
Maria married David R. Fortney in 2002 with whom she has one daughter.