Bio / Info
Fresh off her second Oscar nomination, Marisa began acting in more mainstream films, but only a couple of them stuck out. She appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Someone Like You... (2001) with Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman, and Greg Kinnear, then in The Guru (2002) and the animated feature The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002). She returned to prominence in the hit comedy Anger Management (2003) with Adam Sandler alongside Jack Nicholson and performed "The Vagina Monologues" onstage in 2004. That same year she appeared opposite Jude Law in a remake of Alfie (2004). Also in 2004, she also made a guest appearance on the animated TV phenomenon "The Simpsons" (1989) as Sara Sloane, a movie star who falls in love with Ned Flanders. In 2006, she went on to do 4 episodes for "Rescue Me" (2004). She played Angie, the ex-wife of Tommy Calvin (Denis Leary)'s brother Johnny (Dean Winters). The following year she starred as a sexy bar owner in the comedy Wild Hogs (2007) alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. The film was a huge box-office hit, and later that year, at age 42, Marisa took on a provocative role in legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet's melodramatic picture Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Usually modest, Marisa did several nude scenes with her costars Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman, including a racy sex scene with Hoffman. After working on War, Inc. (2008) with John Cusack, Marisa then took on another provocative role as an aging stripper in the highly acclaimed film The Wrestler (2008) opposite Mickey Rourke. Her great performance earned her many awards from numerous film societies for Best Supporting Actress, a third Academy Award nomination, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Many critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.