Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents – Patricia (née Bianchi) and Gary Tomei – were both Italian and had family that came to America from Tuscany and Sicily. While she was growing up, Marisa became enthralled with Broadway musicals and plays. Her parents encouraged her to take up acting, and she starred in several productions while in high school. During her first year in college, Marisa was cast in the television series As the World Turns. After finishing her stint on the daytime soap in 1985, she looked to start her career in films as well as off- and on-Broadway productions.
Marisa’s first big break came in 1992 when she starred in the comedy My Cousin Vinny, which earned her her first Academy Award nomination and win for Best Supporting Actress. Following this role, she turned to independent film projects. She has starred in a number of television and film roles that have been met with critical acclaim including her roles in The Wrestler and The Big Short. Currently, Marisa can be seen in the new Captain America: Civil War movie as May Parker. She’ll reprise this role in the upcoming Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming. During her career, Marisa has been nominated for three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, one BAFTA and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.