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Marisa Tomei


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Biography for Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei (born dec. 4, 1964 (57 years ago)) is an American stage, movie and TV actress. Tomei first came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987 (34 years ago).

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in My Cousin Vinny (1992, 29 years ago). She received subsequent nominations for her performances in In the Bedroom (2001, 20 years ago) and The Wrestler (2008, 13 years ago).

Her most commercially successful movies to date are What Women Want (2000, 21 years ago), Anger Management (2003, 18 years ago), and Wild Hogs (2007, 14 years ago).[1] She received critical acclaim for her performances in Unhook the Stars (1996, 25 years ago), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007, 14 years ago) and The Wrestler (2008, 13 years ago).[2]

Early years

Tomei, an Italian American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Patricia "Addie," an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a trial lawyer. She has a younger brother, actor Adam Tomei, and was partly raised by her paternal grandparents, Rita and Romeo Tomei. Tomei grew up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. While there, she became captivated by the Broadway shows that her theater-loving parents took her to and became drawn to acting as a career. After graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School, she attended Boston University for a year, transferring to New York University in 1983 (38 years ago) after landing a role in the soap opera As The World Turns. Soon afterward, she dropped out of college as her acting career became more successful.


Tomei followed up As the World Turns, in 1987 (34 years ago), with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Her breakthrough comedic performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992, 29 years ago), for which she was named Best Supporting Actress at the 1993 (28 years ago) Academy Awards, prevailing over Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Judy Davis. American movie critic Rex Reed created controversy (and a minor Hollywood myth) when he suggested that Jack Palance had announced the wrong name after opening the envelope. While this has been repeatedly disproved - even the Academy has officially denied it - Tomei has called the story "extremely hurtful".

After her Oscar win, she received a Screen Actor's Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Female Supporting Actor for Nick Cassavetes's Unhook the Stars. Next, Tomei received an American Comedy Award nomination for Funniest Supporting Actress for Tamara Jenkins's Slums of Beverly Hills. However, she spent several years away from high-profile roles and major motion pictures (wallpaper) before rising again to prominence. Next, she was nominated for a Satellite Award, as Best Supporting Actress for What Women Want. She would go on to receive further critical acclaim and respect for her performances in Alfie and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and received Academy Award nominations for In the Bedroom and The Wrestler.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Mohr wrote in his book Gasping for Airtime that, as guest host in Oct. 1994 (27 years ago), Tomei insisted that a proposed sketch about another actress not be used because she didn't like the idea of making fun of her, which displeased the writers and performers, given the show's penchant for satirizing celebrities.

In 1996 (25 years ago), Tomei made a guest appearance on the sitcom Seinfeld (4 walls), playing herself in the two-part episode "The Cadillac". In this episode, George attempts to get a date with Tomei through a friend of Elaine. She has also made an appearance on The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) as movie star Sara Sloane, who falls in love with Ned Flanders.

She received her first Golden Globe Award and her second Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) nominations for her work in Todd Field's In The Bedroom (2001, 20 years ago).

In 2003 (18 years ago), Tomei appeared in the hit Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. In 2005 (16 years ago), she was featured in an ad campaign for Hanes with the slogan "Look who we've got our Hanes on now", featuring various other celebrities including Michael Jordan, Jennifer Love Hewitt (47 walls), Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry and, on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arambula and Pablo Montero.

In 2006 (15 years ago), Tomei had a recurring role on the TV series Rescue Me, playing Johnny Gavin's ex-wife Angie. She won a Gracie Allen Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the four episodes she appeared in.

In 2007 (14 years ago), she appeared in the comedy Wild Hogs alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence. The movie was a blockbuster hit and was one of the highest-grossing movies of 2007 (14 years ago). She also starred in the Sidney Lumet-directed Before the Devil Knows You're Dead opposite co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. This role received extra attention because Tomei appeared in nude love scenes with both Hoffman and Hawke. In 2008 (13 years ago), Tomei performed nude dance routines in the independent movie The Wrestler opposite Mickey Rourke. She was nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for this performance. Numerous critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.

Tomei was included at #18 on the FHM annual list of "100 Sexiest Females in the world" in 2009 (12 years ago).

Personal life

In the early 1990s, Tomei dated Robert Downey, Jr. (her co-star in Chaplin and Only You). In 1999 (22 years ago), she dated actor Dana Ashbrook and had a relationship with playwright Frank Pugliese, living with him in Greenwich Village.

Tomei was the recipient of an honorary degree from Boston University.


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