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Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American stage, film and television actress. Tomei first came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987.

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in My Cousin Vinny (1992). She received subsequent nominations for her performances in In the Bedroom (2001) and The Wrestler (2008).

Her most commercially successful films to date are What Women Want (2000), Anger Management (2003) and followed by Wild Hogs (2007). She received critical acclaim for her performances in Unhook the Stars (1996), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) and The Wrestler (2008).

Early life

Tomei, an Italian American, was born in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker, the daughter of Patricia "Addie," an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a trial lawyer. She has a younger brother, actor Adam Tomei, and was partly raised by her paternal grandparents, Rita and Romeo Tomei. Tomei grew up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklynmarker. While there, she became captivated by the Broadwaymarker shows that her theater-loving parents took her to and became drawn to acting as a career. After graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School, she attended Boston Universitymarker for a year, transferring to New York Universitymarker in 1983 after landing a role in the soap opera As The World Turns. Soon afterward, she dropped out of school as her career began achieving success.

Career

Tomei followed up As the World Turns, in 1987, with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Her breakthrough comedic performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After her Oscar win, she received a Screen Actor's Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Female Supporting Actor for Nick Cassavetes' Unhook the Stars. Next, she received an American Comedy Award nomination for Funniest Supporting Actress for Tamara Jenkins' Slums of Beverly Hills. She was nominated for a Satellite Award, as Best Supporting Actress for What Women Want.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Mohr wrote in his book Gasping for Airtime that, as guest host in October 1994, Tomei insisted that a proposed sketch about another actress not be used because she didn't like the idea of making fun of her, which displeased the writers and performers, given the show's penchant for satirizing celebrities.

In 1996, Tomei made a guest appearance on the sitcom Seinfeld, playing herself in the two-part episode "The Cadillac". In this episode, George attempts to get a date with Tomei through a friend of Elaine. She has also made an appearance on The Simpsons, as movie star Sara Sloane who falls in love with Ned Flanders.

She received her first Golden Globe Award nomination and her second Academy Award-nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Todd Field's In The Bedroom (2001).

In 2003, Tomei appeared in the hit Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. In 2005, she was featured in an ad campaign for Hanes with the slogan "Look who we've got our Hanes on now", featuring various other celebrities including Michael Jordan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry and, on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arambula and Pablo Montero.

In 2006, Tomei had a recurring role on the TV series Rescue Me, playing Johnny Gavin's ex-wife Angie. She won a Gracie Allen Award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in the 4 episodes she was in the show.

In 2007, she appeared in the comedy Wild Hogs alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence. The film was a blockbuster hit and was one of the highest grossing movies of 2007. She also starred in the Sidney Lumet-directed Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, opposite co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. This role received extra attention because Tomei appeared in nude love scenes with both Hoffman and Hawke. In 2008, Tomei performed nude dance routines in the independent film The Wrestler opposite Mickey Rourke. She was nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for this performance. Numerous critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.

Tomei was included at #18 on the FHM annual list of their '100 Sexiest Females in the world' in 2009.

Academy Award controversy

After Jack Palance presented the academy award to Marisa Tomei in 1993, Rex Reed, an American critic, started a rumour that presenter Jack Palance had erroneously called out the wrong name because he was unable to read the printing on the card inside the envelope, became confused or was too "drunk" or "stoned" to announce the winner properly. By 1997 Reed was espousing on television his claimthat a "massive cover-up" was underway to prevent the public from finding out about the mistake.

Bruce Davis, executive director of the academy,issued an official statement: "The legend of Marisa Tomei's 'mistaken Oscar' has appeared in various forms over the years and in that short time has achieved the status of urban myth. There is no more truth to this version than to any of the others we've heard. If such a scenario were ever to occur, the Price Waterhouse peoplebackstage would simply step out onstage and point out the error. They are not shy."

Tomei refused to comment upon this calling it extremely hurtful. Roger Ebert commented on his website that "Not only is the rumor untrue, it is unfair to Marisa Tomei, and Rex Reed owes her an apology."

Theatre

Tomei has also done substantial work in the theater, including taking lead roles on Broadway in Wait Until Dark (1998) and Salomé (2003), and many Off-Broadway plays.

Personal life

In the early 1990s, Tomei dated Robert Downey, Jr. (her co-star in Chaplin and Only You). In 1999, she dated actor Dana Ashbrook and had a relationship with playwright Frank Pugliese, living with him in Greenwich Villagemarker.

Tomei was the recipient of an honorary degree from Boston Universitymarker.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1984 The Flamingo Kid Mandy
1985 The Toxic Avenger Health Club Girl uncredited
1986 Playing for Keeps Tracy
1991 Oscar Lisa Provolone
Zandalee Remy
1992 My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Equinox Rosie Rivers
Chaplin Mabel Normand
1993 Untamed Heart Caroline MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Christian Slater
1994 The Paper Martha Hackett
Only You Faith Corvatch
1995 The Perez Family Dorita Evita Perez
Four Rooms Margaret
1996 Unhook the Stars Monica Warren Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Supporting Female Actor - Motion Picture
1997 A Brother's Kiss Missy
Welcome to Sarajevo Nina
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Rita Abromowitz
2000 Happy Accidents Ruby Weaver
The Watcher Dr. Polly Beilman
What Women Want Lola Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
King of the Jungle Det. Costello
Dirk and Betty Paris
2001 In the Bedroom Natalie Strout Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast - Motion Picture







Someone Like You Liz
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Bree Blackburn voice
Just a Kiss Paula
The Guru Lexi
2003 Anger Management Linda
2004 Alfie Julie
2005 Loverboy Sybil
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Meredith Morrison
Factotum Laura
2006 Danika Danika
2007 Grace Is Gone Woman at Pool
Wild Hogs Maggie
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina Hanson Gotham Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2008 War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen
The Wrestler Cassidy/Pam Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress












References

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  8. USA Today, December 2008
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  11. http://www.answers.com/topic/jack-palance
  12. http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/story/tomei-still-upset-over-oscar-embarrassment
  13. http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biography/artist/marisa-tomei/biography/78?page=3
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  15. ToxicAvenger.com (official studio site)


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