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. She toured extensively on the stage throughout Europe and the United States, including opposite Vincent Price in Princess Turandot , a stage version of Giacomo Puccini’s opera. The mistake was considered too embarrassing to correct.. In addition, she co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932) and with Lana Turner in Portrait in Black. during the 'Oscar' ceremony, Jack Palance announced Tomei as winner, while actually there was another name on his note. She has also made films in German and French. The rumour goes that. Anna May travelled throughout Europe, and was one of the leads in the British film, Piccadilly (1929).
There is an urban legend that Tomei's Oscar for My Cousin Vinny should have gone to someone else. Her first starring role was in The Toll of the Sea (1921). Part of her persona is a thick New York accent. Despite this discrimination, she had a number of significant film roles. She received a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for In the Bedroom (2001). Even though Muni was to be wear heavy make up to look Asian, industry regulations prevented her from playing romantic roles opposite actors of different ethnicity. Her breakthrough performance came in My Cousin Vinny (1992) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. When MGM was casting for the The Good Earth (1937), she was passed up for the lead female role of O-lan because Paul Muni, an actor of European descent, was to play Wang Lung, O-lan's husband.
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 ethnicity prevented her from getting choice parts, especially romantic ones due to the Hays code anti-miscegenation rules. Marisa Tomei (born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. Her first role was in the silent film, The Red Lantern (1919) with Alla Nazimova, as an uncredited extra. guest appearance in 'The Seinfeld Show'. Born Wong Liu Tsong (黃柳霜, pinyin: Huáng Liǔshuāng) in Los Angeles, California, she began playing bit parts as a teenager. As the World Turns (1983-'85) TV Series. Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905-February 3, 1961) was the first truly notable Chinese American Hollywood actress.
The Flamingo Kid (1984). Portrait In Black (1960). The Toxic Avenger (1985) (uncredited). Daughter of Shanghai (1937). Playing for Keeps (1986). Dangerous to Know (1937). A Different World (1987) TV Series. A Study in Scarlet (1933).
Oscar (1991). Shanghai Express (1932) as Hui Fei. Zandalee (1991). Piccadilly (1929)as Shosho. My Cousin Vinny (1992). Peter Pan (1924) as Tiger Lily. Equinox (1992). The Thief of Baghdad (1924).
Chaplin (1992). The Toll of the Sea (1921) as Lotus Flower. Untamed Heart (1993). The Red Lantern (1919) uncredited. 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).