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. After having minor roles in a few films, she came to international attention in 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.
Tomei has also done substantial work in theater. Her film debut was a minor role in the comedy film The Flamingo Kid, in which she played Mandy, a waitress. She only had one line in the entire film.
During this phase, she made her stage debut in at the age of 22 with the off-Broadway play Daughters, in which she played Cetta. The role earned her rave reviews and the Theatre World Award for outstanding debut on stage. Breakthrough Following several small films, Tomei came to international prominence with her comedic performance in the film My Cousin Vinny, for which she received critical praise. Tomei gives every indication of being a fine Comedian , whether towering over Mr.
Pesci and trying to look small, or arguing about a leaky faucet in terms that demonstrate her knowledge of plumbing. Mona Lisa is also a first-rate auto mechanic, which comes in handy in the untying of the knotted story. American film critic Rex Reed created controversy and a minor Hollywood myth when he suggested that Jack Palance had announced the wrong name after opening the envelope.
The following year Tomei appeared alongside Downey again in the romantic comedy Only You. The independent film was well received by critics and the public. During the s, Tomei made several television appearances. In the episode, George Constanza attempts to get a date with her through a friend of Elaine Benes. Tomei did however, parody her role from My Cousin Vinny, which had considerable Brooklyn influence, in a skit out of several recurring spoofing the O. Tomei appeared in the film What Women Want , which was a commercial success, and had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Someone Like You.
In she appeared in the Bollywood -inspired film The Guru and voiced the role of Bree Blackburn, the main antagonist in the animated feature film The Wild Thornberrys Movie. In , Tomei appeared in one of her biggest commercial hits, Anger Management. The following year, she appeared in the film Alfie based on the British film of the same name. The following year, she appeared in the comedy Wild Hogs. The film was released to critical acclaim.
She appeared in several nude dance numbers in the film. We knew nudity was a big part of the picture, and she wanted to be that exposed and vulnerable. In , Tomei appeared in two films: Tomei hosted the Scientific and Technical Awards, which was followed by an appearance at the 83rd Academy Awards. She starred in the mystery suspense film The Lincoln Lawyer.
She is in talks to star in the indie comedy Married and Cheating. In an interview, Lady Gaga stated that she would want Tomei to portray her in a film about the Singer. I love her Music. So I was so touched, really. In the episode, she traveled to Tuscany and to the island of Elba to uncover the truth about the year-old murder of her great-grandfather, Francesco Leopoldo Bianchi.