Marisa Tomei

 

 

Marisa Tomei

Brooklyn, New York, USA

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.

 

Movies

Four Rooms
Margaret
In the Bedroom
Natalie Strout
The Ides of March
Ida Horowicz
My Cousin Vinny
Mona Lisa Vito
Chaplin
Mabel Normand
Factotum
Laura
The Watcher
Dr. Polly Beilman
What Women Want
Lola
Wild Hogs
Maggie
Danika
Danika Merrick
Happy Accidents
Ruby Weaver
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Gina
Oscar
Lisa Provolone
Alfie
Julie
The Wrestler
Cassidy
The Guru
Lexi
Only You
Faith Corvatch
The Paper
Martha Hackett
Amsterdam
Donna
Untamed Heart
Caroline
Anger Management
Linda
Someone Like You...
Liz
War, Inc.
Natalie Hegalhuzen
Playing for Keeps
Tracy
Slums of Beverly Hills
Rita Abromowitz
Welcome to Sarajevo
Nina
The Toxic Avenger
Health Club Girl
Just a Kiss
Paula
The Perez Family
Dorita Evita Perez
Cyrus
Molly
Unhook the Stars
Monica Warren
The Lincoln Lawyer
Maggie McPherson
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Kate Tafferty
Salvation Boulevard
Honey Foster
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Meredith Morrison
Only Love
Evie
Parental Guidance
Alice
Inescapable
Fatima
Love, Marilyn
Herself
King of the Jungle
Det. Costello
My Own Country
Mattie Vines
Equinox
Rosie Rivers
Supermom's Daughter
Noelle Crandall
Love Is Strange
Kate
Zandalee
Remy
Jenifer
Nina Capelli
The Flamingo Kid
Mandy
Spare Parts
Gwen
She Said, She Said
Marishka
Loitering with Intent
Gigi
Lemonade
No character defined
Trainwreck
The Dog Owner
Parker Kane
April Haynes
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen
No character defined
Spider-Man: Homecoming
May Parker
Love the Coopers
Emma
The Big Short
Cynthia Baum
The Rewrite
Holly Carpenter
The People Speak
Herself
Captain America: Civil War
May Parker
Grace is Gone
Woman at Pool
A Brother's Kiss
Missy
Loverboy
Sybil
Shotgun
Dr. Lisa Harden
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Bree Blackburn (voice)
Dirk and Betty
Paris
Behold My Heart
Margaret Lang

Tv

Seinfeld
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Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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Game Over
Raquel Smashenburn
Late Night with David Letterman
No character defined
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
No character defined
Leg Work
Donna Ricci
A Different World
Maggie Lauten
The Simpsons
No character defined
The View
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Rescue Me
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The Academy Awards
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Saturday Night Live
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Empire
Mimi Whiteman