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Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

American actress and neuroscientist
Mayim Bialik
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Intro American actress and neuroscientist
A.K.A. Mayim Hoya Bialik
Is Actor Singer Neurologist Writer Film actor Television actor Voice actor Physician Surgeon Neurosurgeon Neuroscientist
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Healthcare Literature Music Science
Gender female
Birth 12 December 1975, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Age 45 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Stats
Height: 1.6256 m
Education
University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Science
University of California, Los Angeles Doctor of Philosophy (-2007)
North Hollywood High School (-1993)
Notable Works
Blossom  
The Big Bang Theory  
Awards
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress 2016
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress 2018
Instruments:
Voice
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Biography

Mayim Chaya Bialik (/ˈməm biˈɑːlɪk/ MY-əm bee-AH-lik; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress, neuroscientist, and author. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. She later played neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory from 2010 to 2019. Outside of her acting career, she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. For her role as Fowler, Bialik has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.

Early life

Mayim Chaya Bialik was born on December 12, 1975, in San Diego, California, to Barry and Beverly (née Winkleman) Bialik. Her family were Jewish immigrants who lived in The Bronx, New York City, and three of her four grandparents migrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. She was raised as a Reform Jew, but now considers herself to be Modern Orthodox Jewish. She had a Bat Mitzvah. She has also described herself as a "staunch Zionist". Her personal name, Mayim ('water' in Hebrew), originates in a mispronunciation of Miriam, her great-grandmother's name. Poet Hayim Nahman Bialik was her great-great-grandfather's uncle.

Bialik graduated in 1993 from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California. In acknowledgment of her acting commitments, she was granted a deferred acceptance and attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She said she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast. She earned a B.S. degree in neuroscience, with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies, from UCLA in 2000.

Bialik stated that she did not have the grades needed for medical school. She went on to study for a doctorate in neuroscience. She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. She returned to earn her Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome, entitled "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative and satiety behaviors in Prader–Willi syndrome."

Acting career

Bialik at the rehearsal for the 1989 Academy Awards

Bialik started her career as a child actress in the late 1980s. Her early roles included the horror film Pumpkinhead (1988), her first acting job, and guest appearances on The Facts of Life (final-season episode only) and Beauty and the Beast. In 1988–1989, she had a recurring role on the TV comedy Webster playing Frieda, Webster's classmate, in eight episodes. It was for her Beauty and the Beast work, in which she played a sewer-dwelling girl named Ellie who had about 10 lines of dialogue, that Bialik obtained her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card. She appeared in three episodes of MacGyver as Lisa Woodman. She appeared in Beaches (1988), playing Bette Midler's character as a young girl. Multiple contemporary reviews singled out her performance as a strong point in an otherwise emotionally contrived and formulaic film. She appeared in the video for the song "Liberian Girl" by Michael Jackson. In 1990, she was tied to two television pilots, Fox's Molloy and NBC's Blossom. Molloy at first produced six episodes for a tryout run, followed by the shooting of the pilot special for Blossom. The latter actually aired two weeks before Bialik's Fox series and ultimately garnered higher ratings than the former. When Molloy folded after its six episodes, Blossom premiered as a mid-season replacement on January 3, 1991, and aired until May 22, 1995.

On September 8, 1992, Bialik was a celebrity contestant guest in the episode "Disturbing The Heavenly Peace", the first episode of the second season of the game show Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?. She had a major part in the Woody Allen comedy film Don't Drink the Water in 1994. Between 1995 and 2005, she mostly did voice-over work for cartoons, such as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Disney's Recess and Kim Possible, Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo, and Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!. She appeared in the feature film Kalamazoo? (2005) and appeared in three episodes of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm as Jodi Funkhouser, the lesbian daughter of a friend of Larry David. She also made guest appearances as a fictionalized version of herself in the series Fat Actress and made a guest appearance in an episode of Saving Grace.

Bialik at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards in 2011

Bialik had a recurring role as the high school guidance counselor in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2009, she was nominated by Clinton Kelly for a makeover on TLC's What Not To Wear. She joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in September 2010. Her first appearance was in the season 3 finale as a potential love interest for the character of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). In season 4, she began as a recurring character playing Sheldon's "friend that's a girl, but not a girlfriend." Beginning with the 8th episode of season 4, she became part of the main cast. The character Amy is a neurobiologist, which is related to Bialik's real-life doctorate in neuroscience. Bialik's performance in The Big Bang Theory earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Bialik was one of seven actresses who had a "quirky" personality to audition for the role. Prior to her joining the cast, in the episode "The Bat Jar Conjecture", Raj suggests recruiting the real-life Bialik to their Physics Bowl team, saying "You know who's apparently very smart is the girl who played TV's Blossom. She got a Ph.D. in neuroscience or something." She is cast as one of the guest stars on the Steve Carell 2014 improvisational sketch show Riot.

In August 2014, Bialik began hosting a revival of Candid Camera on TV Land alongside Peter Funt. On March 6, 2012, her book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, was released. Her most recent movie appearance was in a Lifetime Christmas movie, The Flight Before Christmas in 2015.

In 2019 Bialik appeared in a commercial for IBM. On August 20, 2019, it was announced that she and her new production company, Sad Clown Productions, had signed exclusive contracts with Warner Bros. Entertainment. Mackenzie Gabriel-Vaught, a former executive at Chuck Lorre Productions, will be head of development for Sad Clown. Sad Clown Productions, in conjunction with Jim Parsons' That's Wonderful Productions, BBC Studios, and Miranda Hart, will be executive producing a starring vehicle for Bialik. Call Me Kat, based on Miranda Hart's BBC series Miranda, will star Bialik in the title role. The series, a co-production of Warner Bros. and Fox Entertainment, will air on Fox starting in Fall 2020.

Other works and writings

Grok Nation

Bialik founded Grok Nation in August 2015 for people of different ages and backgrounds to have conversations on contemporary issues. It aims to engage readers in online conversations that lead to offline action, mobilizing individuals toward changing the world as a community. To grok means to understand in a profound manner. The term comes from the 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. Bialik had been writing on a similar area for JTA-affiliated Jewish parenting site Kveller for five years. She announced and described her new creation on the site. Along with former Sassy editor Christina Kelly, she relaunched Grok Nation as a women's lifestyle site in March 2018.

Books

Bialik has written two books with pediatrician Jay Gordon and two by herself. Beyond the Sling is about attachment parenting, while Mayim's Vegan Table contains over one hundred vegan recipes written by Bialik. Her third book, called Girling Up, is about the struggles and ways in which girls grow up while showing the scientific ways in which their bodies change. The successor to Girling Up, Boying Up, was released on May 8, 2018. The book analyzes the science, anatomy and mentality of growing up as a male as well as discussing the physical and mental changes and challenges boys face with while transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.

Film

Bialik wrote and directed her first film, As Sick As They Made Us, about a divorced mom juggling her family's needs and her own quest for love. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen. Simon Helberg, Bialik's former The Big Bang Theory castmate, also appears in the film.. The film is expected to premier toward the end of 2020.

The New York Times op-ed

After the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, Bialik penned an op-ed in The New York Times in which she described the entertainment industry as one "that profits on the exploitation of women ... [and] the objectification of women". With regard to protecting herself from sexual harassment, Bialik wrote that she dressed modestly and did not act flirtatiously with men, adding, "In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn't perfect. Nothing – absolutely nothing – excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can't be naïve about the culture we live in." Bialik's article drew immediate backlash from critics who said she was insinuating that modesty and a conservative wardrobe can guard one against sexual assault, with Patricia Arquette tweeting, "I have to say I was dressed non provocatively at 12 walking home from school when men masturbated at me. It's not the clothes." In response, Bialik stated she regretted that the piece "became what it became" and participated in a Facebook Live hosted by The New York Times to answer questions about the piece.

Personal life

Bialik married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony that included traditional Jewish wedding customs. Bialik and Stone have two sons, Miles (b. 2005) and Frederick (b. 2008). The couple divorced in November 2012. In December 2018, she revealed that she and her boyfriend of five years had broken up.

In 2010, Bialik returned to television so she could spend more time with her children; "I'm glad that I completed my PhD and I'm very proud of it, but the life of a research professor would not have suited my needs in terms of what kind of parenting I wanted to do." In addition, she had explained that her "health insurance was running out", via the COBRA program. She had sought out Screen Actors Guild (SAG) health insurance for herself and her two sons.

In a 2012 interview, Bialik said she sees herself as an "aspiring Modern Orthodox". She has also described herself as a "staunch Zionist". She is a self-professed fan of The Maccabeats, an American Orthodox Jewish a cappella group based at Yeshiva University, and appeared with her two sons lighting the menorah in the group's 2011 Hanukkah music video. During the 2014 Gaza Conflict, she donated money to the IDF for armored vests. She has also appeared in several YouTube cameos as Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler asking questions about Jewish beliefs. The videos are produced by Allison Josephs, Bialik's Judaism study partner, whom she encountered with the help of Partners in Torah. Bialik is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.

In 2014, Bialik was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Boston University.

Bialik is a vegan and a founding member of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, a Jewish organization that advocates for the ethical treatment of animals. In 2017, she announced that she and vegan chef Ali Cruddas co-own Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles.

She said on The Late Late Show with James Corden that she identified herself as a feminist.

Bialik is a first cousin, three times removed, of the Jewish poet Hayim Nahman Bialik.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Beaches Young Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom
1988 Pumpkinhead Christine Wallace
1990 The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten Petey Voice
2006 Kalamazoo? Maggie Goldman
2011 The Chicago 8 Nancy Kurshan
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Maria Voice
2020 As Sick as They Made Us Director

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Beauty and the Beast Ellie Episode: "No Way Down"
1988 The Facts of Life Jennifer Cole Episodes: "The Beginning of the End" and "The Beginning of the Beginning"
1988–1989 Webster Frieda Recurring role (Season 6)
1989–1990 Empty Nest Laurie Kincaid Episodes: "The R.N. Who Came to Dinner" and "Harry Knows Best"
1989–1990 MacGyver Lisa Woodman Recurring role (Season 5 and Season 6)
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. Candace Episode: "Ask Dr. Doogie"
1990 Molloy Molloy Martin Lead role
1990 Murphy Brown Natalie Episode: "I Want My FYI"
1990 The Earth Day Special Herself Television special
1990–1995 Blossom Blossom Russo Lead role
1991 Sea World's Mother Earth Celebration Herself Television special
1993 The Hidden Room Jillie Episode: "Jillie"
1994 Don't Drink the Water Susan Hollander Television film
1994–1995 The John Larroquette Show Rachel Episodes: "The Book of Rachel", "Rachel and Ton" and "Rachel Redux"
1995–1996 The Adventures of Hyperman Brittany Bright Voice; Main role
1996; 1999 Hey Arnold! Maria Voice; Episodes: "6th Grade Girls" and "Phoebe Skips"
1996 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Cindy Voice; Episode: "Wake Me When It's Over"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Lucy / Julia Voice; Episodes: "Assault on Questworld" and "The Alchemist"
1997; 2000 Recess Kirsten Kurst Voice; Episodes: "The Break-In", "The Girl Was Trouble", "Lawson and His Crew", "My Funny Valentines" and "Kurst the Not-So-Bad"
1997 Johnny Bravo Tour Guide Voice; Episode: "Going Batty"
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Girl in Future Voice; Episode: "Ghost Apocalyptic Future"
1998 Welcome to Paradox Rita Episode: "Alien Jane"
2001–2002 Lloyd in Space Mean Cindy Voice; Recurring role (Season 1–2)
2003 7th Heaven Cathy Episode: "Dick"
2004 Kim Possible Justine Flanner Voice; Episode: "Partners"
2005 Katbot Paula Voice; Recurring role
2005 Fat Actress Herself Episode: "The Koi Effect" and "Holy Lesbo Batman"
2005; 2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Jodi Funkhauser Episodes: "The Bowtie", "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial" and "The TiVo Guy"
2009 Saving Grace Esther Episode: "Mooooooooo"
2009 Bones Genie Gormon Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2009 'Til Death Herself Episodes: "The Break-Up", "Merit Play" and "Baby Steps"
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Wilameena Bink Recurring role (Season 2–3)
2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Herself / Expert Season 8
2010–2019 The Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler Guest role (Season 3)
Main role (Season 4–Season 12)
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween Medusa Voice; television film
2012 Survivor: One World Herself/Attendant Reality; Episode: "Reunion"
2014 Candid Camera Host Season 38
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 Lady Lightning Voice; Television film
2015 Blaze and the Monster Machines Great Sphinx Voice; Episode: "Race to the Top of the World"
2015 The Flight Before Christmas Stephanie Michelle Hunt Television film
2016 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Willoughby Voice; Episode: "Fetch"
2017 MasterChef Junior Guest judge Episode: "Batter Hurry Up"
2017 Rhett & Link's Buddy System Glenda Episode: "To Kill a Robot”
2017 Drop the Mic Herself Episode: "Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar / Ashley Tisdale vs. Nick Lachey"
2020 Celebrity Show-Off Herself Host
2020 Match Game Herself Celebrity panel
2021 Call Me Kat Kat Main role, upcoming series

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Untitled Web Series About a Space TravelerWho Can Also Travel Through Time B.O.O.T.H. Voice; Episode: "Second Season Prequel"
2016 YidLife Crisis Chaya Episode: "The Double Date"
2017 Rhett and Link's Buddy System Pathologist
2017; 2018 Good Mythical Morning Herself Episodes: "What's On My Head?", "3 Monkeys Blindfold" and "Dissecting A Frog"
2018 The Super Slow Show Herself Episode: "Slow Learners"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2003 X2: Wolverine's Revenge Bush Pilot / May Deuce
2020 Borderlands 3 Herself

Written works

  • Bialik, Mayim Chaya (2007). Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome (Ph.D.). University of California, Los Angeles. OCLC 732917927. Retrieved May 5, 2018 – via ProQuest.
  • Bialik, Mayim; Jay Gordon (Introduction) (2012). Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. Touchstone. ISBN 978-1451662184.
  • Bialik, Mayim; Jay Gordon (2014). Mayim's Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. Da Capo Lifelong Books. ISBN 978-0738217048.
  • Bialik, Mayim (2017) Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular. Philomel Books. ISBN 9780399548604.
  • Bialik, Mayim (2018) Boying Up: How to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. Philomel Books. ISBN 9780525515975.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1988 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy Beaches Won
1990 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series Empty Nest Nominated
1992 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a New Television Series Blossom
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Young Hollywood Awards Best On-Screen Couple (with Jim Parsons)
TV Guide Awards Favorite Duo (with Jim Parsons)
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2019 Jew in the City Orthodox Jewish All Stars Keter Shem Tov Award Herself Won
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