Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Tomei in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 4, 1964

Ethnicity: Italian

Marisa Tomei is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny (1992). Her brother, Adam Tomei, is also an actor.

Marisa is of Italian descent on both sides of her family. Her family is from Tuscany, Calabria, Campania, and Sicily. Marisa has Italian citizenship.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019) stated that Marisa’s genetic ancestry is:

*69.5% Italian
*3.4% Balkan
*2.0% Iberian
*14.6% Broadly Southern European
*3.3% Northwestern European
*3.4% Broadly European
*3.3% Middle Eastern
*0.5% Unmatched

Marisa’s paternal grandfather was Romeo Robert Tomei (the son of Lindoro Tomei and Faustina Maria/Marie Lucchesi). Romeo was born in New York. Lindoro was born in Ghivizzano, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, the son of Nicolao Tomei and Angela Puccini. Faustina was born in Vitiana, Lucca, Tuscany, the daughter of Natale Lucchesi and Matilda Agostini.

Marisa’s paternal grandmother was Rita Albina Elvira Calvosa (the daughter of Demetrio Carlo/Charles “Albert” Calvosa and Maria/Mary Preziozi/Preziosi/Prezioso). Rita was born in New York, to Italian parents. Demetrio was born in San Demetrio, Calabria, and was the son of Raffaele Placido “Raphael” Calvosa and Serafina Aurora Corrado, whose own father, Don Carlo Maria Corrado, was a royal chancellor, in the government of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. Maria was born in Napoli, Campania, and was the daughter of Sabino Preziosi/Prezioso and Filomena/Philomina Biondo/Biondi.

Marisa’s maternal grandfather was Armando Bianchi (the son of Francesco Leopoldo Bianchi and Adelaide Maria Angiola Canovaro). Armando was Italian, and was born in Rio nell’Elba, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. Francesco was born in Cecina, Livorno, the son of Dionisio Bianchi and Carmine Tacchini. Francesco was murdered when he was 26 years old. Adelaide was born in Elba, an island, part of the Province of Livorno, and was the daughter of Arturo Augusto Aurelio Canovaro and Marianna Taplaberro.

Marisa’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Mary D’Ignoti (the daughter of Giacomo “James” D’Ignoti). Maria was born in New York, to Sicilian parents, from Messina. Giacomo was the son of Antonino D’Ignoti and Buta Francesca. D’Ignoti, meaning “of the unknown,” was often the surname given to foundling children.

Sources: Genealogies of Marisa Tomei – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Family history of Marisa Tomei – http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.it

Marisa’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marisa’s paternal grandfather, Romeo Robert Tomei, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Romeo Robert Tomei on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marisa’s paternal grandmother, Rita Albina Elvira Calvosa, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Marisa’s paternal grandmother, Rita Albina Elvira (Calvosa) Tomei – https://www.findagrave.com

Death record of Marisa’s paternal great-grandfather, Albert Charles Calvosa – https://familysearch.org

Marisa’s maternal grandparents, Armando Bianchi and Maria/Mary D’Ignoti, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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28 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    So is her distant relationship to Julianne Moore going to be mentioned?

  2. andrew says:

    Rita Calvosa on Census:
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJRZ-6VX
    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31574421

    Albert Calvosa was the son of Raffaele “Raphael” Calvosa and Serafina Corrado
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WRD-GN6

    Maria Preziosi was the daughter of Sabino Preziosi and Philomina Biondi

    Armando Bianchi and wife on a Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ9L-MPY

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