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Marisa Tomei Biography

Birth Name:
Marisa Tomei
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was a member of the Naked Angels, a New York theater company that has also included Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Morrow, Mary Stuart Masterson, Nancy Travis and Gina Gershon
  • Played herself in the Seinfeld episode "The Cadillac," in which George becomes obsessed with dating her after hearing from a mutual friend that she likes quirky, bald-headed men
  • Costarred with her brother, Adam, in the 1998 Showtime drama My Own Country
  • Won an Oscar for her supporting role in My Cousin Vinny---over four very experienced actresses---and was then subjected to rumors that presenter Jack Palance had read the wrong name (either by mistake or as a joke)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm that handles the Academy Awards balloting process, says her name was read correctly
  • Has a tattoo of an Egyptian symbol on her right foot

Awards

  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2008San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Las Vegas Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Florida Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner

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