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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 debuted 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 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 co-stars 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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Dec 4, 1964 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021-12-15
Latest Project:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Known For
Poster of Rescue Me
Poster of Leg Work
Poster of A Different World
Poster of Late Night with David Letterman
Movie Spider-Man: No Way Home May Parker
Movie Sweet Girl
Movie The King of Staten Island
Movie Human Capital Carrie Manning
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Edith Bunker
Movie Frankie Ilene
Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home May Parker
Movie This Changes Everything Herself
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" Edith Bunker
Movie Avengers: Endgame Aunt May
Movie I Hate Kids Christine Hurley
Movie The First Purge Dr. May Updale / Architect
Movie Laboratory Conditions Emma Holloway
Movie After Everything Dr. Lisa Harden
Movie Dark Was the Night Margaret Lang
Movie Spider-Man: Homecoming May Parker
Movie Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Jane Jacobs (voice)
Movie Captain America: Civil War May Parker
Movie The Big Short Cynthia Baum
Movie Love the Coopers Emma Newport
Movie Trainwreck The Dog Owner
Movie Spare Parts Gwen Kolinsky
Series Empire Mimi Whiteman
Movie Love Is Strange Kate
Movie Loitering with Intent Gigi
Movie The Rewrite Holly Carpenter
Movie Love, Marilyn Herself
Movie She Said, She Said Marishka
Movie Parental Guidance Alice Simmons
Movie Inescapable Fatima
Movie The Ides of March Ida Horowicz
Movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. Kate Tafferty
Movie Salvation Boulevard Honey Foster
Movie The Lincoln Lawyer Maggie McPherson
Movie Cyrus Molly Fawcett
Movie We Are One With President-Elect Barack Obama
Movie Amsterdam Donna
Movie The People Speak Herself
Movie The Wrestler Cassidy
Movie War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen
Movie Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made
Movie Grace Is Gone Woman at Pool
Movie Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina Hanson
Movie Wild Hogs Maggie
Movie Danika Danika Merrick
Series The Reichen Show Unknown
Movie Factotum Laura
Movie Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Meredith Morrison
Movie Loverboy Sybil
Movie Alfie Julie
Series Rescue Me Unknown
Movie Anger Management Linda
Movie The Wild Thornberrys Movie Bree Blackburn (voice)
Movie The Guru Lexi
Movie Just a Kiss Paula
Movie In the Bedroom Natalie Strout
Movie Jenifer Nina Capelli
Movie Someone Like You... Liz
Movie Dirk and Betty Paris
Movie Happy Accidents Ruby Weaver
Movie The Watcher Dr. Polly Beilman
Movie King of the Jungle Det. Costello
Movie What Women Want Lola
Movie Slums of Beverly Hills Rita Abromowitz
Movie Since You've Been Gone Tori (uncredited)
Movie Only Love Evie
Movie My Own Country Mattie Vines
Series The View Unknown
Movie Welcome to Sarajevo Nina
Movie A Brother's Kiss Missy
Movie Unhook the Stars Monica Warren
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown
Movie Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen
Movie The Perez Family Dorita Evita Perez
Movie Four Rooms Margaret
Movie Only You Faith Corvatch
Movie The Paper Martha Hackett
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown
Movie Untamed Heart Caroline
Movie Chaplin Mabel Normand
Movie Equinox Rosie Rivers
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown
Movie My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito
Movie Zandalee Remy
Movie Oscar Lisa Provolone
Movie Parker Kane April Haynes
Series The Simpsons Unknown
Series Seinfeld Unknown
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown
Series Leg Work Donna Ricci
Series A Different World Maggie Lauten
Movie Supermom's Daughter Noelle Crandall
Movie Playing for Keeps Tracy
Movie The Flamingo Kid Mandy
Movie The Toxic Avenger Health Club Girl
Series Late Night with David Letterman Unknown
Series Saturday Night Live Herself - Host
Series The Oscars Unknown