Tomei was born on December 4, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. She started acting on-screen in 1983 with a two-year role in the daytime soap opera As The World Turns. She then went on to do several movies in the 1990s including Untamed Heart. Tomei has also landed an Oscar for her role in My Cousin Vinny. Marisa continues to act and in 2006 she had a guest star spot on the hit F/X show Rescue Me and most recently a lead role in 2008’s The Wrestler with Michey Rourke.