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MARISA TOMEI plays Rita, the wild cousin who helps Vivian discover her sexuality.

Tomei won an Academy Award for her performance in the 1993 hit "My Cousin Vinny." Her other films include Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin," Alan Rudolph's "Equinox," Tony Bill's "Untamed Heart," Ron Howard's "The Paper," Norman Jewison's "Only You," Mira Nair's "The Perez Family," Quentin Tarantino's "Four Rooms" and "A Brother's Kiss."

Tomei received great critical acclaim and a Screen Actor Guild nomination (Best Supporting Actress) for her role in "Unhook the Stars," opposite Gena Rowlands. Recently, she played an American aid worker hoping to rescue orphans from war torn Sarajevo in Michael Winterbottom's drama "Welcome to Sarajevo" and filmed a cameo in Mira Nair's "My Own Country" for Showtime.

On stage, Tomei is currently appearing on Broadway in the thriller "Wait Until Dark," opposite Quentin Tarantino. She has also recently appeared in "Demonology" at Playwright's Horizons, "Waiting for Lefty," under the direction of Joanne Woodward, at the Second Stage in Scott Ellis' "Dark Rapture" and at the New York Theater Workshop in Tony Kushner's "Slavs." Her other work in theater includes the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Comedy of Errors," "What The Butler Saw" at the Manhattan Theater Club, "The Rose Tattoo" at the Williamstown Theater Festival, "Daughters," "Beirut" and Clifford Odet's "Rocket to the Moon," directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival. She is a member of the Naked Angels theater company where she has starred in productions of "Fat Men in Skirts" and "Chelsea Walls," among many others.

Other honors for Tomei include the Theater World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her work in "Daughters," a Drama-logue Award for "Beirut" and two MTV Movie Awards.

Tomei made her feature film debut in the comedy "The Flamingo Kid" with Matt Dillon.

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