April 23, 2009

Ten Talented Temptresses

7. Marisa Tomei
She's equal parts adorable and unbelievably sexy with that radiant smile and those saucy curves. Though her early Academy Award win threatened to pigeon-hole her as a Brooklyn babe forever, she went on to play everything from 20s screen star Mabel Normand (Chaplin) to a long-suffering pregnant wife (The Paper). Proving the Oscar for My Cousin Vinny was no mistake, she was nominated again for the acclaimed drama In the Bedroom and once more this year for The Wrestler. She's diverse in more than film, too. She was the voice of Mary Magdalene for Word of Life, a dramatized New Testament Audio Bible, and she's a member of innovative New York based theatre company Naked Angels. But the highlight for me is likely The Perez Family in which she's the quintessential hot-blooded firebomb who redefines sizzling and steamy without sacrificing the ability to be utterly endearing and showcasing boatloads of talent besides.

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