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Biography:
Marisa began her career with a bit part in The Flamingo Kid with Matt Dillon. Her one line—"You're so drunk"—convinced her to try acting full-time. She dropped out of college and found work in daytime soaps and as Lisa Bonet's roommate in A Different World. Her first break, if you can call it that, came as Sylvester Stallone's daughter in the ill-conceived Oscar.

Though this role could have been the end of her career, Tomei rebounded nicely with her portrayal of Mona Lisa Vito, Joe Pesci's gum-popping, funny fiancée in the 1992 sleeper My Cousin Vinny.

The part earned her an Academy Award (although wild rumors circulated through Hollywood that presenter Jack Palance actually read the wrong name). Tomei lived up to her sudden stardom in Untamed Heart, her first lead role, but recent efforts to climb higher (The Paper and Only You) have faltered on untamed scripts.

The 1996 film Unhook the Stars fortunately provided Tomei with a solid script to sink her teeth into and an excellent co-star in the person of Gena Rowlands, and she delivered solid supporting turns in 1997's harrowing war-correspondent film Welcome to Sarajevo and 1998's family comedy Slums of Beverly Hills.

 

Filmography:
The Wild Thornberrys (2002) (voice)--Bree Blackburn
The Guru (2002)
Just a Kiss (2001)--Paula
Someone Like You... (2001)--Liz
In the Bedroom (2001)--Natalie Strout
Behind the Scenes: Road to El Dorado (2000)
Dirk and Betty (2000)--Paris
King of the Jungle (2000)
What Women Want (2000)--Lola
The Watcher (2000)--Dr. Polly Beilman
Happy Accidents (2000)--Ruby Weaver
My Own Country (1998) (TV)--Mattie Vines
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)--Rita Abromowitz
Only Love (1998) (TV)--Evie
Since You've Been Gone (1998) (TV)--Tori the Friend
Reflections of Eden (1997)
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)--Nina
A Brother's Kiss (1997)--Missy
Unhook the Stars (1996)--Monica Warren
Four Rooms (1995)--Margaret
The Perez Family (1995)--Dorita Evita Perez
Only You (1994)--Faith Corvatch
The Paper (1994)--Martha Hackett
Untamed Heart (1993)--Caroline
Chaplin (1992)--Mabel Normand
Equinox (1992)--Rosie Rivers
My Cousin Vinny (1992)--Mona Lisa 'Lise' Vito
Zandalee (1991)--Remy
Oscar (1991)--Lisa Provolone
Parker Kane (1990) (TV)--April Haynes
A Different World (1987) TV Series--Maggie Lauten (1987-1988)
Playing for Keeps (1986)--Tracy Toxic
The Avenger (1985)--Health Club Girl
The Flamingo Kid (1984)--Mandy
As the World Turns (1956) TV Series--Marcy Thompson Cushing (1983-1985)