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Top 10 Facts - Marisa Tomei
11.15.2015
Fact #1

Tomei was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother was an English teacher. Her father was a trial lawyer. She has a younger brother, Adam Tomei. Her brother Adam is also actor.

Fact #2

Her ?lm debut was a minor role in the 1984 comedy ?lm The Flamingo Kid, in which she played Mandy, a waitress. She only had one line in the entire ?lm.

Fact #3

She made her stage debut in 1987 at the age of 22 with the off-Broadway play Daughters, in which she played Cetta. The role earned her rave reviews and the Theatre World Award for outstanding debut on stage.

Fact #4

After having minor roles in a few ?lms, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny. For her role in My Cousin Vinny she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Fact #5

She was formerly involved with the Naked Angels Theatre Company and received acclaim for her performance in plays like Daughters, Wait Until Dark, Top Girls and The Realistic Joneses, for which she received a special award at Drama Desk Awards. For her role in Top Girls, she received a nomination for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.

Fact #6

After her Oscar win, Tomei appeared as silent ?lm star Mabel Normand in the ?lm Chaplin, with her then-boyfriend Robert Downeylr. playing the title character. She starred in the romantic drama Untamed Heart with Christian Slater, for which they won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.

Fact #7

She received her ?rst Screen Actor's Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Female Supporting Actor for her performance in Unhook the Stars.

Fact #8

In 2001, Tomei appeared in Todd Field's Best Picture nominee In the Bedroom, earning several awards including a Showest Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002.

Fact #9

In the Bedroom earned Tomei a second Academy Award nomination and her ?rst Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Fact #10

In an interview, Lady Gaga stated that she would want Tomei to portray her in a ?lm about the singer. Tomei responded, ''I was thrilled when I heard. I love her. I love her music. And she's an awesome 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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