Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She started her acting career in the soap opera As the World Turns, which she followed up with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Her breakthrough performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for In the Bedroom (2001). Part of her persona is a thick New York accent.
There is an urban legend that Tomei's Oscar for My Cousin Vinny should have gone to someone else. The rumour goes that
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This rumour has been debunked by Snopes. Varsi suffered from Lyme disease, which contributed to her death from respiratory failure. The mistake was considered too embarrassing to correct.. It was the last time she was seen on film. during the 'Oscar' ceremony, Jack Palance announced Tomei as winner, while actually there was another name on his note. Varsi appears only for a moment in the film and is almost unrecognizable; Deborah, the central character, crumples in misery on the floor of the dayroom, and Varsi breaks away from the wall, kneels by Deborah's side, and whispers a Roman Catholic blessing. The rumour goes that. In the book, Sylvia was a patient in the mental hospital who ordinarily stood frozen by the wall and very rarely spoke, although completely aware of everything around her.
There is an urban legend that Tomei's Oscar for My Cousin Vinny should have gone to someone else. Another very brief but memorable Varsi role was Sylvia in I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, based on the Joanne Greenberg novel about a Jewish teen whose allegiance to an alternate universe called the Kingdom Of Yr has led to her being diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Part of her persona is a thick New York accent. Varsi was rendered virtually mute and had to dub in her voice parts later. She received a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for In the Bedroom (2001). The director, John Korty, would not let Varsi off for her dad's funeral. Her breakthrough performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her portrayal of the would-be Oldest One with a dead-flat affect but compassionate expression and soft, recollected speaking voice was partly caused by the death of her father just before filming began.
She started her acting career in the soap opera As the World Turns, which she followed up with a role on the sitcom A Different World. Science fiction and fantasy film fans probably remember Varsi best as Valancy Carmody in The People, a 1972 ABC-TV Movie of the Week based on a story by Zenna Henderson about peaceful alien refugees living on earth. Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She appeared in the films Ten North Frederick (1958) and Compulsion (1959) and worked steadily throughout the 1960s. Her film career faded by the end of the decade and during the 1970s she played several television roles. guest appearance in 'The Seinfeld Show'. The same year, she shared a Golden Globe as "Most Promising Newcomer" with Sandra Dee and Carolyn Jones. As the World Turns (1983-'85) TV Series. Born in San Mateo, California, Varsi made her screen debut in Peyton Place (1958), and received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The Flamingo Kid (1984). Diane Marie Varsi (February 23, 1938 - November 19, 1992) was an American film and television actress. The Toxic Avenger (1985) (uncredited). Playing for Keeps (1986). A Different World (1987) TV Series.
Oscar (1991). Zandalee (1991). My Cousin Vinny (1992). Equinox (1992).
Chaplin (1992). Untamed Heart (1993). The Paper (1994). Only You (1994).
The Perez Family (1995). Four Rooms (1995). Unhook the Stars (1996). A Brother's Kiss (1997).
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). Reflections of Eden (1997). Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). My Own Country (1998) (TV).
Happy Accidents (2000). The Watcher (2000). What Women Want (2000). Dirk and Betty (2000).
In the Bedroom (2001). Someone Like You (2001). King of the Jungle (2001). Just a Kiss (2002).
The Guru (2002). Anger Management (2003). Alfie (2004). Loverboy (2004).