Biography

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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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.

Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 82

Birthday 1964-12-04

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming as May Parker
2016 Captain America: Civil War as May Parker
2015 The Big Short as Cynthia Baum
2015 Love the Coopers as Emma
2015 Trainwreck as The Dog Owner
2015 Spare Parts as Gwen
2015 Empire(1 episode) as Mimi Whiteman
2014 The Rewrite as Holly Carpenter
2014 Loitering with Intent as Gigi
2014 Love Is Strange as Kate
2013 She Said, She Said as Marishka
2012 Parental Guidance as Alice
2012 Inescapable as Fatima
2012 Love, Marilyn as Herself
2011 The Ides of March as Ida Horowicz
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love. as Kate Tafferty
2011 Salvation Boulevard as Honey Foster
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer as Maggie McPherson
2010 Cyrus as Molly
2009 The People Speak as Herself
2009 Amsterdam as Donna
2008 The Wrestler as Cassidy
2008 War, Inc. as Natalie Hegalhuzen
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead as Gina
2007 Wild Hogs as Maggie
2007 Grace is Gone as Woman at Pool
2006 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School as Meredith Morrison
2006 Danika as Danika Merrick
2005 Factotum as Laura
2005 Loverboy as Sybil
2004 Alfie as Julie
2004 Rescue Me(4 episodes)
2003 Anger Management as Linda
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie as Bree Blackburn (voice)
2002 The Guru as Lexi
2002 Just a Kiss as Paula
2001 In the Bedroom as Natalie Strout
2001 Jenifer as Nina Capelli
2001 Someone Like You... as Liz
2000 What Women Want as Lola
2000 King of the Jungle as Det. Costello
2000 The Watcher as Dr. Polly Beilman
2000 Happy Accidents as Ruby Weaver
2000 Dirk and Betty as Paris
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills as Rita Abromowitz
1998 Only Love as Evie
1998 My Own Country as Mattie Vines
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo as Nina
1997 A Brother's Kiss as Missy
1996 Unhook the Stars as Monica Warren
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1996 Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen
1995 Four Rooms as Margaret
1995 The Perez Family as Dorita Evita Perez
1994 Only You as Faith Corvatch
1994 The Paper as Martha Hackett
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1993 Untamed Heart as Caroline
1992 Chaplin as Mabel Normand
1992 Equinox as Rosie Rivers
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1992 My Cousin Vinny as Mona Lisa Vito
1991 Zandalee as Remy
1991 Oscar as Lisa Provolone
1990 Parker Kane as April Haynes
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Seinfeld(2 episodes)
1987 Leg Work(10 episodes) as Donna Ricci
1987 A Different World(144 episodes) as Maggie Lauten
1987 Supermom's Daughter as Noelle Crandall
1986 Playing for Keeps as Tracy
1984 The Flamingo Kid as Mandy
1984 The Toxic Avenger as Health Club Girl
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1982 Late Night with David Letterman(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards(3 episodes)
1900 Lemonade
1900 Shotgun as Dr. Lisa Harden
1900 Behold My Heart as Margaret Lang
1900 Game Over(0 episodes) as Raquel Smashenburn

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