Marisa Tomei is an actress probably best known for her Academy Award winning role in the film “My Cousin Vinny.” She was 27 at the time.
Marisa Tomei grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and has Sicilian and Tuscan Italian ancestry. After she graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School, she spent a year at Boston University. She dropped out because she landed a role on the soap “As The World Turns.”
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Marisa Tomei made her feature film debut in 1984 in “The Flamingo Kid.” She also appeared on the sitcom "A Different World", but it was “My Cousin Vinny” that made her famous. There was even a controversy at the Oscars that presenter Jack Palance had said the wrong name (she was in the running with Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Judy Davis.) It was only a rumor.
Many other roles followed, including parts in “Chaplin,” “Untamed Heart” and “What Women Want,” among others.
A bit of trivia: Marisa Tomei has a tattoo of the Egyptian Eye of Ra for protection, good luck and abundance on her right foot. She also has dual citizenship between the United States and Italy, and sometimes travels under her Italian passport.
She is engaged to actor Logan Marshall-Green (who is twelve years her junior) and has said about marriage: “I’m not a big fan of marriage as an institution and I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.”
As for aging, she said, “You can’t really be old in L.A., it’s kind of a crime.” As for acting, or maybe even life, she said, “You express different energies at different times in your life.”
Marisa Tomei resides in Los Angeles, California.