When it was suggested that Marisa Tomei (1964-) was not the actual Oscar winner for "My Cousin Vinny", that it was presenter Jack Palance's mistake, it became something of a hurtful urban myth. Today and two further nominations later no one even gives this a thought anymore as Tomei in comedy or drama, mainstream or indie film appearance has proved over and over again that she can do it all. Brooklyn born, the daughter of a teacher and a lawyer she quickly decided on a performing career. Starting in TV she would make inroads on sitcoms, some stage work, making her film debut (one line) in the well liked comedy "The Flamingo Kid." Her breakthrough would come a few roles later as the loud, tall, brash girlfriend of star Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny." As Mona Lisa Vito she was indeed a worthy Oscar recipient for this hit comedy. Her follow ups "Chaplin" and "Only You" both with Downey Jr., "The Paper" with Keaton and "Untamed Heart" with Slater sadly didn't click or turn her into a major star in her own right. Nonetheless, she worked steadily on TV, on stage to great praise and in films. The big ones have been in support of Gibson in "What Women Want", Sandler and Nicholson in "Anger Management", Allen and Travolta in "Wild Hogs", McConaughey in "The Lincoln Lawyer", Carrel in "Crazy, Stupid, Love", Gosling in "The Ides of March", Schumer in "Trainwreck", Crystal and Midler in "Parental Guidance", the ensemble of "The Big Short" and as Aunt May in "Captain America: Civil War." Varied to say the least. What will be remembered though most are her standout performances in smaller fare. "Welcome to Sarajevo", the devastating "In the Bedroom" with Spacek and the raw "The Wrestler" with Rourke for which she received Oscar nominations for both and "Cyrus" with Reilly and Hill. Daring and versatile and not a major star however as she said, "I think the fantasy of being a movie star is more powerful than the reality. So, for me, even if it's not a great film or a great play I'm doing, to know that you went for it. You had an experience that made you grow artistically and personally. What's really satisfying is knowing that you did a good job." She has many times over.