Marisa Tomei, hotter than ever at 49

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei, 49, won an Oscar for 'My Cousin Vinny' as far back as 1992.

Since then she's starred in more than 30 movies, some good, some awful.

Tomei's best movies in recent years are 'Ide of March', 'The Lincoln Lawyer', 'The Wrestler', and 'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'.

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Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. She won an Oscar for her role in 'My Cousin Vinny' (1992).

She's superb as a two-timing wife in Lumet's 'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'. Tomei stars in hit movie 'The Lincoln Lawyer' with Matthew McConaughey.

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei in revealing pose

Tomei appeared in a two-part episode of the The Seinfeld Show called The Cadillac (1996). In it, George expresses his love and lusting for her, though he has only seen her on screen.

In episode two, his obession is deep and he meets up with Tomei, who makes a guest appearance on the show. The infatutation ends when George tells Tomei he is engaged.

Tomei's Best Movies: My Cousin Vinny (1992), In The Bedroom (2001), Factotum (2005), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), The Wrestler (2008), Cyrus (2010).

Tomei's Worst Movies: Oscar (1991), The Watcher (2000), Wild Hogs (2007).

On her Seinfeld guest appearance: They called and asked if I wanted to come and be a guest on their show. And later, I said, 'Why did you even choose me?' and they just said, 'We like the rhythm of your name.' It really had nothing to do with me. They liked saying my name.

On her nude scenes in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and The Wrestler: I had already done Before the Devil Knows You're Dead so that kind of broke me in. It broke the ice. And that was with Sidney Lumet directing. And he was very paternal and protective, and I wasn't sure if it was the right thing even to do, career-wise. Like, is this cool for me to be doing right now at this stage? But I really, really wanted to work with Lumet and Phil Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, and so I took the chance and then it was fine. And so after I had done that, it was kind of like, 'Oh. Again? Next year in The Wrestler? Really?'

On being a convincing stripper in The Wrestler: I hung out with a bunch of girls in Los Angeles. What did I learn? You know what I learned? It's all true. Guys are pretty simple at the end of the day... Honestly, just those heels alone cause a lot of backaches for a lot of those girls.

OSL movie critic Armand Whyte says of Marisa Tomei: Her acting improves with age. Tomei is superb in The Wrester and Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. Her body is defying gravity, getting sexier and sexier as she approaches 45. She appeals to men who want their women real; sexy but approachable, the kind of chick you could date if you did everything right for once.

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: In My Cousin Vinny, Tomei crackles and pops all over the screen.

Variety: reviews My Cousin Vinny: Tomei, sashaying through the proceedings as kind of a sexy hood ornament, creates a buoyant chemistry with her combative boyfriend.

Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph: Praises The Wrestler for showcasing 44-year-old Tomei's extraordinary body.

Chris Tookey, Daily Mail: Tomei's role seems at first like a cliched tart with a heart, but she's not only real, she's moving. She still looks extremely fit for her age, which is 44, and Oscars have been won for much less than she achieves here.

Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze: Says of Before The Devil Knows You're Dead: Marisa's bored and frustrated sexpot trophy wife is pretty much kept around in the movie just for occasional guy sexual satisfaction, in Sid Lumet's human cesspool of murky madness.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times: reviews Before The Devil Knows You're Dead: Although the film opens with Hoffman and Tomei ecstatically making love in Rio (say what you will about the big guy, Hoffman looks to be an energetic and capable lover), their marriage is far from perfect... Tomei keeps on getting sexier as she grows older so very slowly.

Buy Marisa Tomei's hottest movies: My Cousin Vinny, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Wrestler.

By Athina Simonidou