Marisa Tomei Biography

Birthday: 1964-12-04
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City
Height: 5' 4½" (1.64 m)
Wiki 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 so 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 an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 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), with Robert Downey Jr. 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. Also in 1996, she made a famous guest appearance on the popular sitcom, "Seinfeld" (1990), as herself. She turned in a similarly strong work in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) and, in 1998, did some of her best work in years as a sexually liberated, unhinged woman in 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 Oscar win was no fluke when she was nominated a second time for the critically-acclaimed dark drama, In the Bedroom (2001). Fresh off her second Oscar nomination, Marisa began acting in more mainstream films, but only a couple of them stuck out. She appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy, Someone Like You... (2001), with Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Greg Kinnear, then in The Guru (2002) and the animated feature, The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002). She returned to prominence in the hit comedy, Anger Management (2003), with Adam Sandler, alongside Jack Nicholson and performed "The Vagina Monologues" onstage in 2004. That same year, she appeared opposite Jude Law in a remake of Alfie (2004). Also in 2004, 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). The following year, she starred as a sexy bar owner in the comedy, Wild Hogs (2007), alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. The film was a huge box-office hit, and later that year, 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). Usually modest, Marisa did several nude scenes with her costars, Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman, including a racy sex scene with Hoffman. After working on War, Inc. (2008) with John Cusack, Marisa then took on another provocative role as an aging 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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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Paper Martha Hackett 1994 Comedy
The Watcher 2000 Crime
Anger Management Linda 2013 - 2014 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Alfie Julie 1966 Biography, 0
Oscar Lisa Provolone 1967
Zandalee Remy 1991 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Only You Faith Corvatch 1992
Chaplin Mabel Normand 1992 0
My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito 1992 Comedy, Crime
Untamed Heart Caroline 1993 Biography, 0
The Paper Martha Hackett 1994 0
The Perez Family 1995 0, 0
Welcome to Sarajevo Nina 1997 Romance, 0
Unhook the Stars 1997 Drama, Romance
Slums of Beverly Hills Rita Abromowitz 1998 Comedy, Drama
Dirk and Betty Paris 2000 Comedy
What Women Want Lola 2000 Biography, 0
The Watcher 2000
In the Bedroom Natalie Strout 2001 Game Show, 0
Someone Like You Liz 2001 Comedy, Romance
Happy Accidents 2001 Comedy, Sci Fi, Romance
Just a Kiss Paula 2002
The Guru Lexi 2002
Anger Management Linda 2003
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Meredith Morrison 2005
Loverboy Sybil 2005 Drama, Romance
Factotum Laura 2005 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Danika Danika Merrick 2006 Reality Tv, Game Show
Before The Devil Knows Your'e Dead Gina Hanson 2007
Wild Hogs Maggie 2007 0
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina Hanson 2007
War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen 2008 0, 0
Grace Is Gone 2008 Drama
War Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen 2008 Action, Comedy, Thriller
The Wrestler Cassidy 2009 Drama, Romance, Sport
Cyrus Molly 2010
The Ides of March ida Horowicz 2011
Salvation Boulevard Honey 2011 0, 0, Game Show
Parental Guidance Alice Simmons 2012 Comedy
Love Is Strange Kate 2014 Drama
Behold My Heart Margaret Lang 2018