Dec. 12th, 1975
San Diego, California, USA
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Mayim Hoya Bialik (born December 12, 1975) is an American actress and neuroscientist. From early January 1991 to May 1995, she played the title character of NBC's Blossom. Since May 2010, she has played Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (also a neuroscientist) on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has been nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Born in San Diego, California, to Barry and Beverly (née Winkleman) Bialik. Israel's national poet, Hayim Nahman Bialik, is Bialik's first cousin, three times removed. Three of her four grandparents emigrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Bialik was raised as a Reform Jew.
Bialik attended Walter Reed Junior High School and graduated from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California, as part of the class of 1993. At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, although she also had been accepted at 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 a B.S. degree in neuroscience, Hebrew studies, and Jewish studies, and went on to earn a doctorate in neuroscience. She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. Bialik earned her Ph.D. degree in 2007. Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome, titled, "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome".
Bialik's first name is the Hebrew word for water.
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. 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. She also appeared in the video for the song "Liberian Girl" by 'Michael Jackson'.
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 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.
In 2009, Bialik was nominated by Clinton Kelly for a makeover on TLC's What Not To Wear.
- Adopted a whale, a wolf and a manatee.
- Second son, Frederick Heschel, born August 15, 2008. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz.
- Contrary to popular belief, did not do her own singing for the role of young C.C. Bloom in "Beaches." Although Mayim can sing, Bette Midler decided she wanted to feature a singer who sounded more like she herself did at age eleven, and another singer was substituted.
- Played the recurring role of a lesbian on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in what is deemed part of her "comeback" to acting after years of college studies and motherhood.
- Was accepted to both Harvard and Yale, but turned them down to attend UCLA.
- On a break from her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA (2005).
- Was good friends with the late 'Bill Bixby (I)' (qv). As he went public with his illness, he directed her sitcom, _"Blossom" (1991)_ (qv), and continued working up until his death on 21 November 1993.
- One of her ancestors is the famed poet Chaim Nachman Bialik, but she is not related to Wall Street Journal online columnist Carl Bialik.