Marisa Tomei (pronounced /məˈrɪsə toʊˈmeɪ/; born December 4, 1964) is an American stage, film and television actress. Following her work on As The World Turns, Tomei came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987. After appearing in a few films, her breakthrough came in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Following other films, Tomei appeared in the cult film Slums of Beverly Hills in 1998.
Tomei was included at #18 on the FHM annual list of "100 Sexiest Females in the world" in 2009. The following year she appeared in two films, the first a comedy-drama, Cyrus and a cameo in the comedy film, Grown Ups. Tomei hosted the 2011 Scientific and Technical Awards, which was followed by an appearance at the 83rd Academy Awards. Recently, she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe in the mystery suspense film, The Lincoln Lawyer, though the film was met with mixed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter states that Tomei's character was "brutally underused".
She also appeared in Salvation Boulevard with Jennifer Connelly, Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Tomei's 2011 films include, Crazy, Stupid, Love. with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and the George Clooney film, The Ides of March with Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti. She is in talks to star alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the indie comedy, Married and Cheating. In an interview, Lady Gaga stated that she would want Tomei to portray her in a film about the singer, Tomei responded saying, "I was thrilled when I heard. I love her. I love her music. And she's a smart businesswoman. So I was so touched, really. I think it's incredible that she likes my work and that she'd think of me."
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Marisa Tomei 68th Venice International Film Festival - The "Ides Of March" Premiere