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# Friday, February 10, 2012
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Marisa Tomei Episode
Posted by Grace

Spoiler alert! Don’t read if you don’t want to know what happened on Marisa Tomei’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC.

I missed some of tonight’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and here’s why:

But I did see that she started out at home in New York, where her mother retold the family legend about how Marisa’s great-grandfather Leopold was killed in a bar by a jealous husband or someone he owed money to. That was the story Tomei wanted to find out about.

In Italy, Marisa was at first thrown off track by a cemetery record that said Leopold had died of an illness. That would have been a major bummer after all the murder mystery buildup.

But later (after the part I missed except to notice the beautiful Italian scenery and Marisa Tomei’s enviable wardrobe), newspaper articles and court records show that Leopold was killed by a business partner who'd been fired. The man hired a fancy lawyer and got off with a minor charge, then disappeared.

I think my favorite part of the episode was the letter a cousin wrote to Marisa to share memories of Leopold’s wife Adelaide. What a dream that would be.

If you missed this episode, you can watch it on the show's website.

See our "Who Do You Think You Are?" page for beginning research resources including our free downloadable Getting Started Cheat Sheet, plus show news and tweets.

If you have Italian roots to research, consult our $4 downloadable Italian Genealogy Guide and the book Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans by John Philip Colletta.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Celebrity Roots | Italian roots
Friday, February 10, 2012 9:57:28 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:37:33 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I enjoy the show. And look forward to each weekly episode.
I only wish I could afford to find my ancestors this way.
And I get to see some scenery and places that I will never get to visit.
Patricia Spindle Beyer
Sunday, February 12, 2012 3:29:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Just wanted to mention a little error in the above review of WDYTYA. Marisa Tomei's ggrandfather Leopold WAS killed by a business partner, but it was the partner who fired Leopold's brother. The firing of the brother started a bitter dispute between the partner and Leopold who was defending his family's honor and reputation. I can see from the cute picture, however, how easy it might be to miss a little detail or two!
Carol Meyer
Monday, February 13, 2012 9:56:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks Carol, I'll fix that part in the post (and I'm planning to watch the episode online). I can't imagine why Leo isn't as into the show as I am!
Diane
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