Marisa Tomei is an American actress. In a career spanning three decades, Tomei had initial success in films as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful films, then a resurgence with a series of critically acclaimed films. Following her work on the television series As the World Turns, she came to prominence as a cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987. After having minor roles in a few films, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Of the many films in which Tomei has appeared, her most commercially successful ones to date are What Women Want, Anger Management, Wild Hogs, and Parental Guidance, all of which have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. She received critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Untamed Heart, The Paper, Unhook the Stars, Slums of Beverly Hills, In the Bedroom, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Wrestler, Cyrus, and Love Is Strange.