- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
- Attended Boston University.
- Attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.
- Sister of actor Adam Tomei.
- Has a tattoo of the Egyptian Eye of Ra (protection, good luck abundance) on her right foot.
- In 2003, she played the title role in a revival of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" in an Actors Workshop production, directed by Estelle Parsons, on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre; co-stars included Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest, and David Strathairn.
- She is of Italian descent
- Before the 1993 Oscar ceremony, she told "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) that her biggest fear was that she would trip on the steps on her way to the stage. She did.
- Revealed to Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" (1996) that she sometimes travels under an Italian passport. (Oct 2004)
- Has the same birthday as Tyra Banks, Lindsay Felton and Jeff Bridges.
- No relation to Concetta Tomei.
- Born on the same day as Chelsea Noble.
- Has dual citizenship between America and Italy. She sometimes travels under the Italian passport.
- Her mother was an English teacher at Cavallaro Junior High School in Brooklyn, New York.
- Attended Mark Twain JHS for the Gifted & Talented
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