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American actress Marisa Tomei was born December 4th, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. After seeing Broadway shows, Marisa became interested in acting and began to participate in school plays, as well as taking up dancing lessons. She went to Boston University after graduating from high school in 1982, but left after a year to focus on her professional acting career.

Tomei’s first role in the small screen was on the long-running soap opera As the World Turns in 1983. A year later she appeared in her first feature film, The Flamingo Kid, followed by an uncredited role in The Toxic Avenger. Marisa started her theater career in 1986, in the off-Broadway play, Daughters, and Beirut in 1987. As her career began to take off, Tomei landed a regular role in TV series A Different World (1987), and had a part in films Playing for Keeps (1986), Oscar (1991), and Zandalee (1991). However, it wasn’t until 1992, when she was cast in the comedy feature My Cousin Vinny that she rose to fame. Marisa’s performance was very well received and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her appearance in films during the 1990s steadily increased, and she can be seen alongside prominent actors of that time in Chaplin (1992), Untamed Heart (1993), Only You (1994), The Paper (1994), The Perez Family (1995), Unhook the Stars (1996), and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).

Tomei had supporting roles in the romantic comedies What Women Want (2000), which was a box office hit, and Someone Like You (2001). In 2002, she was nominated once more for an Academy Award thanks to her performance in the independent drama film In the Bedroom (2001). She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2003, she was cast in one of her most commercially successful films, buddy comedy Anger Management. Other notable film roles during this period were Alfie (2004), Factotum (2005), Danika (2006), Wild Hogs (2007), and The Wrestler (2008), which got her a third Academy Award nomination. Tomei also returned to television in 2006 with a recurring role in comedy-drama series Rescue Me.

Alternating between comedic and dramatic roles, Tomei has continued to be a familiar face in films over the past decade, such as Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Ides of March (2011), Parental Guidance (2012), The Rewrite (2014), Spare Parts (2015), and Love the Coopers (2015). In 2016, she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s aunt May, and appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Aside from her role in the MCU, Tomei’s most recent films have been mostly in action or drama films like The First Purge (2018), Frankie (2019), The King of Staten Island (2020), and Delia’s Gone (2022).

On the other hand, Marisa’s TV roles have been more sporadic, having only guest-starred in Empire, The Handmaid’s Tale and Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine during the past years. She has also appeared in several theater plays, with her last few roles being mostly on Broadway in Top Girls, The Realistic Joneses, and The Rose Tattoo, her performances never failing to garner positive reviews.

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