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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 4, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, waitress

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For some performers, winning an Oscar became both a blessing and a curse. While an Academy Award could lead to bigger and better roles, it could also bring about career stagnation, as the actor tried to live up to unrealistic expectations. Actress Marisa Tomei was in danger of failing to warrant the hype after seemingly coming out of nowhere to nab Best Supporting Actress for her comical performance in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). Though she spent the following years in long-forgotten movies like "Only You" (1994) and "Happy Accidents" (2000), Tomei managed to display potential star-making turns in "Unhook the Stars" (1996) and "The Slums of Beverly Hills" (1998), but they failed to propel her career due to slim box office performances. She proved her talent and career longevity, however, with her Oscar-nominated, subtle but complex turns in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and "The Wrestler" (2008), proving her worth to critics who had cruelly deemed her win for "My Cousin Vinny" to be a fluke, vindicating fans and critics who recognized her considerable talents all along.

For some performers, winning an Oscar became both a blessing and a curse. While an Academy Award could lead to bigger and better roles, it could also bring about career stagnation, as the actor tried to live up to unrealistic expectations. Actress Marisa Tomei was in danger of failing to warrant the hype after seemingly coming out of nowhere to nab Best Supporting Actress for her comical performance in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). Though she spent the following years in long-forgotten movies like "Only You" (1994) and "Happy Accidents" (2000), Tomei managed to display potential star-making turns in "Unhook the Stars" (1996) and "The Slums of Beverly Hills" (1998), but they failed to propel her career due to slim box office performances. She proved her talent and career longevity, however, with her Oscar-nominated, subtle but complex turns in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and "The Wrestler" (2008), proving her worth to critics who had cruelly deemed her win for "My Cousin Vinny" to be a fluke, vindicating fans and critics who recognized her considerable talents all along.

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 Love Is Strange (2014)
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 Lucky Them (2014)
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 Why Now (2013)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY
1983:
Appeared as Marcy Thompson on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1984:
Feature film debut, "The Flamingo Kid"
1985:
Made off-Broadway debut in "Daughters"
1987:
Landed title role in "Supermom's Daughter," an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1987:
Played Lisa Bonet's roommate during the first season of NBC's "A Different World"
1990:
TV-movie debut, "Parker Kane" (NBC)
1991:
Returned to features after five years to play Sylvester Stallone's daughter in "Oscar"
1992:
Landed Academy Award-winning role as Joe Pesci's girlfriend in "My Cousin Vinny"
1992:
Cast as silent screen star Mabel Normand in "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role
1993:
First romantic lead in features, "Untamed Heart"
1994:
Portrayed Michael Keaton's pregnant wife in "The Paper"
1994:
Played first top-billed role in "Only You," second film with Robert Downey Jr.
1995:
Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in "The Perez Family"
1996:
Made appearance as herself on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"
1996:
Earned plaudits for turn as a troubled single mother in "Unhook the Stars"
1998:
Made rare TV acting appearance in the Showtime drama "My Own Country"
1998:
Made Broadway debut in revival of "Wait Until Dark," co-starring Quentin Tarantino
1998:
Cast as the knowing cousin of a teen coming of age in "Slums of Beverly Hills"
1999:
Appeared in Dario Fo's "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA
2000:
Played opposite Vincent D'Onofrio in Sundance-screened "Happy Accidents"
2000:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and James Spader in "The Watcher"
2000:
Appeared opposite Mel Gibson in romantic comedy "What Women Want"
2001:
Co-starred with Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek in award-winning drama "In the Bedroom"; received second Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
2001:
Cast as Ashley Judd's best friend in "Someone Like You"
2002:
Appeared in ensemble romantic comedy "Just a Kiss"
2003:
Cast in the feature "The Guru"
2003:
Played female lead in comedy "Anger Management"
2004:
Starred opposite Jude Law in "Alfie," a remake of 1966 film starring Michael Caine
2006:
Cast in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"
2006:
Appeared on several episodes of "Rescue Me" (FX) as Tommy's (Dennis Leary) sister-in-law turned love interest
2006:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)
2007:
Cast opposite John Cusack in the indie drama "Grace is Gone," which premiered at Sundance
2007:
Co-starred in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2008:
Played a stripper opposite Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Wrestler")
2009:
Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("The Wrestler")
2010:
Co-starred with Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly in the comedy "Cyrus"
2011:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the crime thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer"
2011:
Delivered memorable comic turn opposite Steve Carell in "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
2011:
Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced film
2012:
Co-starred with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in family comedy "Parental Guidance"
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Education

Edward R Murrow High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1982
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1982 - 1983

Notes

In numerous interviews, Marisa Tomei has indicated that her dream movie role would be to star in a musical.

"The cool schedule, the hours. I like that. And, seriously, I suppose, certain wounds that I'll never know. And I don't want to know. Plus, I have no other skills. And it is fucking fun."---Marisa Tomei on why she is an actress, quoted in Movieline, July 1994.

"Acting is fun and it's worthy, for me and for society. A play ... speaks to people on a social level. I find that more in plays than in films. ...

"Movies give me a release. A good laugh, a good cry. OK. I believe in pure entertainment. But I prefer an exchange. Theater comes out of the human need for the expression of our understanding of the human experience. It's communal. The audience seems all one. Everyone is together on this one night, for this one show. You rarely see that when a movie finishes, people looking around and feeling like 'we all went through this together.'"---Tomei on why she prefers the stage, quoted in The Boston Globe, September 26, 1999.

"I hate representing regular girls," she says. "Playing normal is the most difficult thing in the world for me. Give me the wise-mouth, fast-talking, sexy comedienne roles."---Tomei quoted to New York Daily News, April 9, 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Frank Pugliese. Screenwriter, playwright. No longer together.
companion:
Dana Ashbrook. Actor. Dated for about one year from 1997 to April 1998.
companion:
Terry Stacey. Director of photography. No longer together; he later shot "Happy Accidents" in which Tomei co-starred.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Romeo Tomei. Helped to raise Tomei and her brother.
grandmother:
Rita Tomei. Helped to raise Tomei and her brother.
father:
Gary A Tomei. Trial lawyer.
mother:
Patricia Tomei. English teacher.
brother:
Adam Tomei. Actor. Younger; acted together in the Showtime movie "My Own Country".
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