• 'My Cousin Vinny' Turns 25: How Marisa Tomei's Character Was Almost Cut From the Movie
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    Gwynne Watkins

    'My Cousin Vinny' Turns 25: How Marisa Tomei's Character Was Almost Cut From the Movie

    Anyone who’s seen My Cousin Vinny, which opened 25 years ago, on March 13, 1992, can probably quote at least one of Marisa Tomei’s Brooklyn-accented lines, whether it’s her biological clock “ticking like this” or her reaction to arriving in small-town Alabama. (“I bet the Chinese food here is terrible.”) As Mona Lisa Vito, the auto mechanic fiancée of Joe Pesci’s title character, Tomei walked away with every single one of her scenes — and eventually, the film’s only Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actress).

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