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Marisa Tomei

Actress | * 12/04/1964 (54) | Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Marisa Tomei (Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Following her work on the television series As the World Turns, she came to prominence as a cast member on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World in 1987.After having minor roles in a few films, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Tomei has appeared in a number of successful movies, including What Women Want (2000), Anger Management (2003), Wild Hogs (2007), and Parental Guidance (2012). Other films include ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Marisa Tomei

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Drama Desk Special Award Theatre World Award 3x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle/culinary Show Host National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress 2x Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress 2x Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 2x Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

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Movies with Marisa Tomei as Actress(78)

as Carrie Hagel2019 Human Capital
as May Parker2019 Avengers: Endgame
as Christine Hurley2019 I Hate Kids
as Irene2019 Frankie
as May Parker2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home
as Dr. Lisa Harden2018 After Everything
as Dr. May Updale / Architect2018 The First Purge
as Margaret Lang2018 Dark Was the Night
as Emma Holloway2018 Laboratory Conditions
as May Parker2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming
as Jane Jacobs (voice)2017 Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
as May Parker2016 Captain America: Civil War
as The Dog Owner2015 Trainwreck
as Cynthia Baum2015 The Big Short
as Gwen Kolinsky2015 Spare Parts
as Emma Newport2015 Love the Coopers
as Kate2014 Love Is Strange
as Holly Carpenter2014 The Rewrite
as Marishka2013 She Said, She Said
as Fatima2012 Inescapable
as Alice Simmons2012 Parental Guidance
as herself2012 Love, Marilyn
as Honey Foster2011 Salvation Boulevard
as Kate Tafferty2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love.
as Maggie McPherson2011 The Lincoln Lawyer
as Ida Horowicz2011 The Ides of March
as Molly Fawcett2010 Cyrus
as herself2009 The People Speak
as Donna2009 Amsterdam
as Cassidy2008 The Wrestler
as Natalie Hegalhuzen2008 War, Inc.
as Woman at Pool2008 Grace is Gone
as Maggie2007 Wild Hogs
as Danika Merrick2006 Danika
as Laura2005 Factotum
as Sybil2005 Loverboy
as Julie2004 Alfie
as Linda2003 Anger Management
as Paula2002 Just a Kiss
as Lexi2002 The Guru
as Bree Blackburn (voice)2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie
as Natalie Strout2001 In the Bedroom
as Nina Capelli2001 Jenifer
as Lola2000 What Women Want
as Dr. Polly Beilman2000 The Watcher
as Ruby Weaver2000 Happy Accidents
as Paris2000 Dirk and Betty
as Det. Costello2000 King of the Jungle
as Tori (uncredited)1998 Since You've Been Gone
as Rita Abromowitz1998 Slums of Beverly Hills
as Mattie Vines1998 My Own Country
as Evie1998 Only Love
as Missy1997 A Brother's Kiss
as Monica Warren1996 Unhook the Stars
as Margaret1995 Four Rooms
as Dorita Evita Perez1995 The Perez Family
as Martha Hackett1994 The Paper
as Faith Corvatch1994 Only You
as Caroline1993 Untamed Heart
as Mabel Normand1992 Chaplin
as Mona Lisa Vito1992 My Cousin Vinny
as Rosie Rivers1992 Equinox
as Remy1991 Zandalee
as Lisa Provolone1991 Oscar
as April Haynes1990 Parker Kane
as Noelle Crandall1987 Supermom's Daughter
as Tracy1986 Playing for Keeps
as Mandy1984 The Flamingo Kid
as Health Club Girl1984 The Toxic Avenger

TV Shows/Series with Marisa Tomei as Actress(14)

Additional Information

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Full Name: Marisa Tomei
Born: Friday, 12/04 1964 (December) in Brooklyn (current age: 54 years + 169 days)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: Italian (IT)
Educated at: Boston University, Edward R. Murrow High School, Andries Hudde Junior High School
Other names for Marisa Tomei (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"마리사 토메이"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1371, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/19/2019