Tomei followed up As the World Turns in 1987 with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Her breakthrough performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992) for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She received a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for In the Bedroom (2001).
Marisa Tomei has also done substantial work in the theater
world, including lead roles on Broadway in Wait Until Dark
(1998) and Salomé (2003), and many Off-Broadway plays.
In 1996, Marisa a guest appearance on the sitcom Seinfeld, playing herself.
In 2006, Marisa Tomei had a recurring role on the TV series Rescue Me, playing Johnny's ex-wife Angie.
There is an urban legend that Tomei's Oscar for My Cousin Vinny should have gone to someone else. The rumor goes that during the 'Oscar' ceremony, Jack Palance announced Tomei as best supporting actress winner, while actually there was another name on his note. The mistake was considered too embarrassing to correct.
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