Marisa Tomei Biography

Marisa Tomei Biography
Marisa Tomei (born on December 4, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actress.


Marisa Tomei was born and raised in Brooklyn to an Italian American family. While growing up, she was captivated by the Broadway shows her theater-loving parents took her to, and became drawn to acting as a career for herself. She attended Boston University for a year, then transferred to New York University in 1983 after landing a role in the soap opera As the World Turns (she would soon drop out of college as her career kicked into gear).

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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