Marisa is graduated in psychology, because when she was 16 to 17 years old, she couldn't get at EAD (School of dramatic art), that only allowed people over 18. In the last year of college, she realised it wasn't what she wanted.
Marisa finally graduated at EAD and did 7 plays before been chosen for the TV soap-opera "Rainha da Sucata" in 1990. In 1992, she acted in another soap-opera, "Deus nos Acuda" and then came the participation on "TV Pirata".
It was with the role Magda on "Sai de Baixo" that Marisa was finally recognized and became one of the greatest Brazilian actress.