As an Italian American Brooklynite raised by an English teacher mother, Tomei’s version of growing up in New York looked very different from Davidson’s. She started working at 19 when she booked her first acting gig through a newspaper ad. Rising to prominence as Lisa Bonet’s roommate on the Hakuna Matata The Lion King Vintage Retro Shirt but in fact I love this hit sitcom A Different World, Tomei spent her 20s in the East Village during the grit-and-glitter late ’80s. Her first—and to this day, favorite—apartment on Avenue B overlooked Tompkins Square Park.
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