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Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent. As a teen, Marisa attended Edward R. Murrow High School and graduated in the class of 1982. She was one year into her college education at Boston University when she dropped out for a co-starring role on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns (1956). Her role on that show paved the way for her entrance into film: in 1984, she made her film debut with a bit part in The Flamingo Kid (1984). Three years later, Marisa became known for her role as Maggie Lawton, Lisa Bonet's college roommate, on the sitcom A Different World (1987). Her real breakthrough came in 1992, when she co-starred as Joe Pesci's hilariously foul-mouthed, scene-stealing girlfriend in My Cousin Vinny (1992), a performance that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Later that year, she turned up briefly as a snippy Mabel Normand in director Richard Attenborough's biopic Chaplin (1992), and was soon given her first starring role in Untamed Heart (1993). A subsequent starring role -- and attempted makeover into Audrey Hepburn -- in the romantic comedy Only You (1994) proved only moderately successful. Marisa's other 1994 role as Michael Keaton's hugely pregnant wife in The Paper (1994) was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. Fortunately for Tomei, she was able to rebound the following year with a solid performance as a troubled single mother in Nick Cassavetes' Unhook the Stars (1996) which earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She turned in a similarly strong work in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), and in 1998 did some of her best work in years as the sexually liberated, unhinged cousin of Natasha Lyonne's Vivian Abramowitz in Tamara Jenkins' Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). Marisa co-starred with Mel Gibson in the hugely successful romantic comedy What Women Want (2000) and during the 2002 movie award season, she proved her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar win was no fluke when she received her second nomination in the same category for the critically acclaimed dark drama, In the Bedroom (2001). She also made a guest appearance on the animated TV phenomenon The Simpsons (1989) as Sara Sloane, a movie star who falls in love with Ned Flanders. In 2006, she went on to do 4 episodes for Rescue Me (2004). She played Angie, the ex-wife of Tommy Calvin (Denis Leary)'s brother Johnny (Dean Winters). At age 42, Marisa took on a provocative role in legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet's melodramatic picture Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), in which she appeared nude in love scenes with costars Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Marisa then took on another provocative role as a stripper in the highly acclaimed film The Wrestler (2008) opposite Mickey Rourke. Her great performance earned her many awards from numerous film societies for Best Supporting Actress, a third Academy Award nomination, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Many critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.


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Born:
Dec 4, 1964 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
54
First Appeared:
In the series Juste Pour Rire - Galas
Latest Project:
movie Shotgun 2018-12-31
Known For
Poster of Spider-Man: Homecoming
Poster of Empire
Filmography
Series Juste Pour Rire - Galas Evie 2018
Series Rebelde Way Lexi 2018
Movie Shotgun Dr. Lisa Harden 2018-12-31
Series Game Over Raquel Smashenburn 2018
Movie Spider-Man: Homecoming May Parker 2017-07-05
Movie Captain America: Civil War May Parker 2016-04-27
Series Empire Mimi Whiteman 2015-01-07
Movie Spare Parts Gwen 2015-01-16
Movie Love the Coopers Emma 2015-11-12
Movie The Big Short Cynthia Baum 2015-12-11
Movie Trainwreck The Dog Owner 2015-07-17
Movie Love Is Strange Kate 2014-02-07
Movie The Rewrite Holly Carpenter 2014-06-15
Movie Loitering with Intent Gigi 2014-04-18
Movie She Said, She Said Marishka 2013-03-08
Movie Love, Marilyn Herself 2012-09-12
Movie Inescapable Fatima 2012-09-14
Movie Parental Guidance Alice 2012-12-25
Movie The Ides of March Ida Horowicz 2011-09-24
Movie The Lincoln Lawyer Maggie McPherson 2011-03-17
Movie Salvation Boulevard Honey Foster 2011-07-15
Movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. Kate Tafferty 2011-07-29
Movie Cyrus Molly 2010-06-18
Movie Amsterdam Donna 2009-05-10
Movie War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen 2008-04-28
Movie The Wrestler Cassidy 2008-09-07
Movie Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina 2007-09-26
Movie Wild Hogs Maggie 2007-03-02
Movie Grace is Gone Woman at Pool 2007-01-21
Series La Job Margaret 2006-10-09
Movie Danika Danika Merrick 2006-01-01
Movie Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Meredith Morrison 2006-01-24
Series The Comeback Natalie Strout 2005-06-05
Series Be Strong, Geum-soon! Bree Blackburn (voice) 2005-02-14
Movie Loverboy Sybil 2005-01-24
Series Rescue Me Unknown 2004-07-21
Movie Alfie Julie 2004-10-22
Movie Anger Management Linda 2003-04-11
Movie Someone Like You... Liz 2001-03-30
Movie Jenifer Nina Capelli 2001-10-21
Movie What Women Want Lola 2000-12-15
Movie King of the Jungle Det. Costello 2000-10-12
Movie Happy Accidents Ruby Weaver 2000-01-25
Movie The Watcher Dr. Polly Beilman 2000-09-08
Movie Welcome to Sarajevo Nina 1997-05-09
Movie A Brother's Kiss Missy 1997-04-25
Movie Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996-01-01
Movie Unhook the Stars Monica Warren 1996-09-04
Movie Untamed Heart Caroline 1993-02-12
Movie Oscar Lisa Provolone 1991-04-26
Movie Zandalee Remy 1991-05-09
Movie Supermom's Daughter Noelle Crandall 1987-02-18
Series A Different World Maggie Lauten 1987-09-24
Movie The Toxic Avenger Health Club Girl 1984-05-01