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Marisa Tomei

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  • Eye ColorBrown Eyes
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • Birthdate12/04/64
  • HometownBrooklyn, New York

About Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei’s success has come in waves, but her striking beauty has always been a constant. Wide-eyed, quick-to-smile Marisa’s first on-scene appearance was on a major soap opera, As the World Turns, but she quickly moved to the big screen, and her roles couldn’t be more diverse.

Her first major movie appearance earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Nice way to get your career off the ground, huh? Marisa was memorable as the sassy, Italian-accent-heavy fiancée of the movie’s namesake in My Cousin Vinny.

She was fiery—and swore like a sailor—in the drama Unhook the Stars. In the cult-comedy film Slums of Beverly Hills, she famously drops her towel after emerging from the shower.

“I think the trick is to not be defined by an iconic film, and I think I’ve gotten to do a range of things, so I’m grateful that [My Cousin Vinny] made lots of people laugh,” Marisa told The Daily Beast in a 2014 interview. “I hope I get another role as good as that one soon!”

She’s been especially prolific since 2000, with 36 film credits to her name—and a good handful of TV credits. That includes The Wrestler, in which she appears as a stripper with whom the main character, a professional wrestler, develops a relationship. It earned her several film-critic awards and an Academy Award nomination.

Marisa has dated a few actors, including Robert Downey Jr. (with whom she appeared in Chaplin and Only You while the two were dating), Josh Radnor, and Logan Marshall-Green (whom she was rumored to be engaged to), as well as rocker Lenny Kravitz.

She’s always had a body that’s made women 20 years younger jealous of her, and she let Vogue in on a surprising way she sometimes exercises: “[My friend] found a hula-hooping class that was great because we were just doing tricks and playing around, but it was such a challenging workout,” she said in an interview. “It’s fun and uplifting. My foot was hurting the other day, so I just hula-hooped in the living room for 40 minutes as a workout.”

What does she not do? Cake on the makeup. “Less is more,” she told Vogue. “That’s probably the number-one thing [I learned from makeup pros over the years].”

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