Whether she’s In the Bedroom with The Lincoln Lawyer or working out with The Wrestler, Brooklyn babe Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is a star.
The Italian American’s theater-loving parents deserve some of the credit, though, for exposing her to Broadway shows at an impressionable age. Some of the talent she saw on stage must have rubbed off on her, because by 19 she was already working with soap — operas, that is — as Marcy Thompson on As the World Turns.
Ironically, her big break came opposite a compact co-star (Joe Pesci) in 1992’s My Cousin Vinny, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress over Venessa Redgrave, Judy Davis, Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright.
Yeah, it was kind of a big deal.
She’s one of my favorite actresses…although I could have done without that scene in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead with Phillip Seymour Hoffman where he’s buck naked (GAH!). I like that she also seems like a real woman who’s comfortable aging with grace.
Next week (Oct. 7) she lights up screens nationwide in the political drama, The Ides of March, with George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood and (for the second time this year!) Ryan Gosling.
Lucky girl. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,