Marisa Tomei

by ethnic on June 26, 2010

Marisa Tomei

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.

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.

Marisa’s paternal grandmother was Rita Calvosa (the daughter of Albert Charles Calvosa and Maria/Mary Preziozi/Preziosi). Rita was born in New York, to Italian parents. Albert was from Calabria, and was the son of Raffaele “Raphael” Calvosa and Serafina Corrado. Maria was likely from Campania, and was the daughter of Sabino Preziosi and Philomina Biondi.

Marisa’s maternal grandfather was Armando Bianchi (the son of Francesco Leopoldo Bianchi and Adelaide Maria Angiloa Canovaro). Armando was Italian. Francesco was born in Cecina, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, the son of Dionisio Bianchi. 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.

Marisa’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Mary D’Ignoti. Maria was born in New York, and was of Sicilian descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Marisa Tomei –

Family history of Marisa Tomei –

Marisa’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marisa’s paternal grandfather, Romeo Robert Tomei, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Romeo Robert Tomei on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marisa’s paternal grandmother, Rita Calvosa, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Marisa’s paternal grandmother, Rita (Calvosa) Tomei –

Death record of Marisa’s paternal great-grandfather, Albert Charles Calvosa –

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

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andrew July 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Rita Calvosa on Census:

Albert Calvosa was the son of Raffaele “Raphael” Calvosa and Serafina Corrado

Maria Preziosi was the daughter of Sabino Preziosi and Philomina Biondi

Armando Bianchi and wife on a Census:

neiltennant March 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

I really think that she looks so young for her age

she is over 50

is it gelato, Pizza, olive oil or plastic surgery ?

andrew May 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm

* Maria D’Ignoti was of Sicilian descent
* Albert Charles Calvosa was from Calabria, Italy
* Maria Preziozi/Preziosi was likely from Campania, Italy
* Francesco Leopoldo Bianchi was murdered when he was 26 years old.
* It’s Cecina, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. Elba is an island, also part of the Province of Livorno.
* 50% of Marisa’s ancestry is from Tuscany, Italy.

Records of Romeo Tomei:
Rita Calvosa:

midori29 September 25, 2015 at 7:30 am

Meant genetic markers and diseases only shared with subsaharan blackAfricans. @Ectag do not be so racist that you cannot face reality.

neiltennant July 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

she looks great I’m not sure why but she looks still young

lady gaga wanted her to play the role of her in a biopic but she declined as she felt to old

fukyou April 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

Thought she had a japanese name

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 7:57 pm

????????? are you serious

cwm85 August 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm
theropod April 1, 2015 at 8:02 am

She looks very Assyrian. A lot of our women look like that. But then again, Assyrians do look a bit Italian.

Andre Agassi is part Assyrian btw….

neiltennant August 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm
andrew August 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm
neiltennant February 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

I’m living in germany and i met a lot of german people with eastern european roots

and most of them look like tomei

a few of them have blue or green eyes but also brown

on the other hand she looks very italian

Check7t February 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm
Princess June 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

She looks African American.

sudeuro January 7, 2015 at 2:40 am
thomas1987 January 8, 2015 at 2:03 am
Daron February 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Your joking right @Princess? She doesn’t look black at all.

jokin March 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

you are blind, definitely! marisa tomey black?? jajajaj. You must be one of those who think that White european race can only be scandinavian stereotype. Let me tell you that marisa tomey is typical southern european looking (italian in this case). I see no black sign in her.

SparkleTime December 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Ethnic, while both Marisa’s parents are Italian, she has African ancestry through her mother. Her mother is 13% African, she found, through a DNA test, which would make Marisa 6.5%.

I think this site proves that whites are a lot more mixed than we are led on to believe. That is why I have no idea why people keep speaking of “pure whites” and such. I think you will find that there is no such thing.

SparkleTime January 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

In the video, Marisa mentions how she and her family are interested in genealogy. That is how she found out her mother has African ancestry. Her family is very Italian, though.

I brought it up simply because I think whites are a lot more mixed than we are led to believe. That is why I do not believe in “pure white.” It makes zero sense, anyway. Life did not start in Europe.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

If her family is “very italian”, why is their name Tomei?
She should be partly albanian

sudeuro December 29, 2014 at 1:38 am

Tomei is a common Tuscan name. Nothing Albanian about it.

sudeuro January 7, 2015 at 2:51 am

She must’ve taken some shitty pop DNA test. A lot of those use bad markers that overestimate admixture. Most of her ancestry is from Tuscany, and Tuscans have 0% African admixture. Other Italians have only 0-1%.

memphis January 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Rome once ruled the world for centuries. Some Africans were Roman soldiers (Saint Maurice the Moor circa 3A.D.). Many moved to England. It is well known how the Moors (Berber,Arab,other Africans from Mali or Senegal) invaded Italy. Overall African ancestry in Italy is around 2% but is higher when you look at certain regions like the South. Some Italians have visible African or Middle Eastern ancestry where some Northern Italians look Celtic.

ectag March 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Rome did not rule “the world”. The Roman Empire included most of northwestern, central, and southern Europe and extended into the near east and north Africa (north Africans aren’t black). Rome had almost no contact with black Africa whatsoever. The idea that Rome had black Africans in its legions is an Afrocentrist fantasy.

midori29 September 25, 2015 at 7:28 am

@Ectag you are not serious right. Black subsaharan Africans mixed with Southern Italians and Greeks and many still do. Some parts of Southern Italy especially Sicily have genetic diseases and markers only shared with Southern Italians. At one point in America Italians were not considered whites because of Arab and subsaharan dna. Look it up. This is no afrocentic fantasy, its reality.

fuzzybear44 September 25, 2015 at 9:17 am


I’ve. Put plenty of evidence on the site over the time I ‘ve been here, that Greece, Rome and Europe in general knew black people very well, with much contact. They even have kid websites, which one of them. I actually put on the site before teaching this(made by Europeans)

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