Concetta Tomei was brought by her father early artistically interested in acting in conjunction. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where she received her bachelor's degree in educational sciences. Just four years worked Tomei as a teacher at a school in a suburb of Milwaukee, until they decided in the late 1960s, it as an actress to try.
She moved to Chicago and attended the Goodman School of Drama. After she obtained her Bachelor's degree there in theater arts, she was in various plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire and The Corn Is Green on stage. In the 1970s, Tomei has been engaged on Broadway, and was among others David Bowie in The Elephant Man on stage.
From 1985, Tomei was also in front of the camera. Her breakthrough achieved in six episodes of the television series Falcon Crest in 1986. Her film career was limited to a few exceptions on television series. One of her better-known movies was the 1998 disaster film produced Deep Impact. Guest appearances had Tomei, among others such series as Star Trek: Voyager, A heavenly family or Judging Amy.
Tomei is married to a lawyer.