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Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik at Gracie Awards Gala crop.jpg
Bialik at the 2011 Gracie Awards
BornMayim Hoya Bialik

(1975-12-12) December 12, 1975 (age 38)


San Diego, California, U.S.
EducationUCLA (BS, PhD)
Alma materUCLA
OccupationActress, author
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Michael Stone (m. 2003; d. 2013)
Children2
Website
mayimbialik.net
Mayim Hoya Bialik (/ˈmaɪəm biˈɑːlɨk/; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress widely known for her roles as Blossom Russo on NBC's Blossom (1990–1995), and currently as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, for which she was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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    Early life and education

    Bialik was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Barry Bialik and Beverly (née Winkelman). Her grandparents emigrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary in the late 1930s. Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel's national poet, was Mayim Bialik's great-great-grandfather's uncle. Bialik was raised in Reform Judaism. Her given name means "water" in Hebrew.

    Bialik attended Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, California. At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, although she also had been accepted to both Harvard and Yale. She stated that she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast. She earned degrees in neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to the PhD program in neuroscience.

    She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. Bialik completed her PhD in 2007. Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome.

    Career

    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 and Beauty and the Beast. She appeared in three episodes of MacGyver as Lisa Woodman. She appeared in Beaches (1988), playing Bette Midler's character as a young girl. She also appeared in the video for the song "Liberian Girl" by Michael Jackson.



    Bialik at the rehearsal for the 1989 Academy Awards
    In 1990, Bialik 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 it. When Molloy folded after its six episodes, Blossom was pursued as a regular series, airing until 1995. She had a major part in the Woody Allen comedy film "Don't Drink the Water" in 1994.

    Between 1995 and 2005, Bialik mostly did voice-over work for cartoons, such as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest and Recess.

    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. Bialik also made guest appearances as a fictionalized version of herself in the series Fat Actress, and made a guest appearance as a Hasidic Jew in an episode of Saving Grace. She had a recurring role as the high school guidance counselor in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She also made an appearance on the Fox TV show 'Til Death in which she has a reunion of sorts with two of her Blossom co-stars – Jenna von Oÿ, who played Blossom’s quirky best friend Six, and Michael Stoyanov, who played Blossom’s older brother Anthony.

    In 2009, Bialik was nominated by Clinton Kelly for a makeover on TLC's What Not To Wear.

    In Season 3 (2009–2010), she joined the cast of The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. Her first appearance was in the season 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 Season 4, Episode 8, she became part of the main cast. Bialik's character is a neurobiologist, or neuroscientist, which corresponds to Bialik's real-life educational pursuits. Bialik's performance in The Big Bang Theory earned her Emmy Award nominations in 2012 and 2013 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."

    On March 6, 2012, her book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, was released.

    Personal life

    Bialik married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony with traditional Jewish customs. Stone, born into a Mormon family, converted to Judaism; several years later, his mother converted to Judaism as well. Bialik and Stone have two sons together: Miles, born in 2005, and Frederick, born in 2008. In 2010, Bialik returned to television so that she could spend more time with her children and stated, "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 November 2012, Bialik and Stone announced that they were divorcing, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in May 2013.

    In a 2012 interview, Bialik stated that she would call herself "aspiring Modern Orthodox". She has 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 met with the help of Partners in Torah.

    Bialik is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.

    Bialik is a vegan and a founding member of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute.

    Bialik spoke at the 2011 Penn State Lehigh Valley graduation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    Filmography



    Film
    YearTitleRoleNotes
    1988BeachesYoung Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom
    1988PumpkinheadWallace kid
    1994Don't Drink the WaterSusan Hollander
    2005Kalamazoo?Maggie Goldman
    2011Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8Nancy Kurshan
    2011The Dog Who Saved HalloweenMedusaVoice only
    2012Scooby-Doo! Music of the VampireMariaVoice only


    Television
    YearTitleRoleNotes
    1987Beauty and the BeastEllieEpisode:
    • "No Way Down"
    1988Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of LifeJennifer ColeEpisodes:
    • "The Beginning of the Beginning"
    • "The Beginning of the End"
    1988–1989WebsterFriedaEight episodes
    1989–1990Empty NestLaurie KincaidEpisodes:
    • "The R.N. Who Came to Dinner"
    • "Harry Knows Best"
    1989–1990MacGyverLisa WoodmanEpisodes:
    • "Cease Fire"
    • "Twenty Questions"
    • "Hearts of Steel"
    1990Doogie Howser, M.D.CandaceEpisode:
    • "Ask Dr. Doogie"
    1990MolloyMolloy MartinCanceled after seven episodes
    1990Murphy BrownNatalieEpisode:
    • "I Want My FYI"
    1990–1995BlossomBlossom Russo
    • 114 episodes
    1991Sea World's Mother Earth Celebration (on Nickelodeon)Herself
    1992Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten, TheThe Kingdom Chums: Original Top TenPetey
    1993The Hidden RoomJillieEpisode:
    • "Jillie"
    1994Don't Drink the WaterSusan Hollander
    1994–1995John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette ShowRachelEpisodes:
    • "The Book of Rachel"
    • "Rachel and Ton"
    • "Rachel Redux"
    1995–1996Adventures of Hyperman, TheThe Adventures of HypermanBrittany BrightEpisodes:
    • 1.1
    • "Oceans a Leavin'"


    Voice only
    1996–1999Hey Arnold!MariaEpisodes:
    • "6th Grade Girls/The Baseball"
    • "Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips"


    Voice only
    1996Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny QuestLucyEpisode:
    • "The Alchemist"


    Voice only
    1996Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny QuestJulia/French WomanEpisode:
    • "Assault on Questworld:


    Voice only
    1997–2000RecessKirsten KurstEpisodes:
    • "The Break-In"
    • "The Girl Was Trouble"
    • "The Ratings Game"


    Voice only
    1997Johnny BravoTour GuideEpisode:
    • "Going Batty/Berry the Butler/Red Faced in the White House"


    Voice only
    1997Extreme GhostbustersGirl in FutureEpisode:
    • "Ghost Apocalyptic Future


    Voice only
    1998Welcome to ParadoxRitaEpisode:
    • "Alien Jane"
    20037th HeavenCathyEpisode:
    • "Dick"
    2003–2004Kim PossibleJustine FlannerEpisodes:
    • "The Secret Files"
    • "Partners"


    Voice only
    2005KatbotPaulaVoice only
    2005Fat ActressHerselfEpisodes:
    • "The Koi Effect"
    • "Holy Lesbo Batman"
    2005–2007Curb Your EnthusiasmJodi FunkhauserEpisodes:
    • "The Bowtie"
    • "The TiVo Guy"
    • "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial"
    2009Saving GraceEstherEpisode:
    • "Mooooooooo"
    2009What Not To WearHerself
    2009BonesGenie GormonEpisode:
    • "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
    2010The Secret Life of the American TeenagerDr. Wilameena BinkEpisodes:
    • "You Don’t Know What You’ve Got..."
    • "Just Say Me"
    • "Let's Try That Again"
    • "The Rhythm of Life"
    2009'Til DeathHerselfEpisodes:
    • "The Break-Up"
    • "Merit Play"
    • "Baby Steps"
    2010–presentBig Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheoryAmy Farrah Fowler
    Guest role: Season 3


    Main role: Season 4 - Season 7 (Present)


    Video games
    YearTitleRoleNotes
    2003X2: Wolverine's RevengeBush Pilot, May DeuceVoice only

    Awards and nominations

    ResultCategoryAward Show
    1988WonBest Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or FantasyYoung Artist Award
    1990NominatedBest Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television SeriesYoung Artist Award
    1992NominatedBest Young Actress in a New Television SeriesYoung Artist Award
    1993NominatedOutstanding Young Comedian in a Television SeriesYoung Artist Award
    2012-2013NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesPrimetime Emmy Award
    2012-2013NominatedOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesScreen Actors Guild Award
    2012NominatedBest Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television FilmSatellite Award
    2014PendingOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesScreen Actors Guild Award
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