Marisa Tomei is an American stage, film, and television actress. Following her work on As The World Turns, Tomei came to prominence as a supporting cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World in 1987. After she had appeared in a few films, her breakthrough came in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Of the many films she appeared in over the past fifteen years, her most commercially successful to date are What Women Want, Anger Management, and Wild Hogs. She received critical acclaim for her performances in Unhook the Stars, Slums of Beverly Hills, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and received Academy Award nominations for her performances in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler.