Marisa Tomei was born on the 4th of December 1964 in Brooklyn New York City.
Marisa Tomei started her film career in an uncredited role in Troma's cult classic horror comedy The Toxic Avenger and in the same year she also had a small part in The Flamingo Kid which starred Matt Dillon.
Her breakthrough role was playing Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny and it won her an Oscar.
She put in wonderful performances in films like Chaplin, The Paper, Only You, Unhook The Stars, The Perez Family and my own favourite for which i think she deserved an Oscar, Untamed Heart.
Marisa was nominated for two more Oscars to date for the movies In The Bedroom and The Wrestler.
Miss Tomei has dual citizenship and passports for both America and italy.
She has appeared on television shows including A Different World, The Simpsons and Rescue Me and is the Godmother of Lisa Bonet's daughter. She met Lisa on the set of A Different World.
Future films to look out for are Cyrus which opens July 2010 and Salvation Boulevard in 2011.
Read some Marisa Tomei quotes below.
I don't prefer much of film over stage. The only thing I prefer is the paycheck.
( On marriage and starting her own family ) I'm not that big a fan of marriage as an institution and I don't know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.
( On pole dancing for The Wrestler ) It's really physically hard! That pole work is crazy hard, to be really good on that pole and you have to be really strong.
You can't really be old in L.A., it's kind of like a crime.
I feel like theatre gives me the grounding, and keeps me alive, basically. Film gives me the thrill, and it's like a one night stand. But I do enjoy being around people who love it so much.
Singing really oxygenates your blood. You stretch your lungs and take in much more air into them than before. It's really good for your health.
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