Camryn Manheim

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Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim TFF 2007 Shankbone.jpg
Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
BornDebra Frances Manheim
(1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 53)
Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–present
Children1 son
 
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Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim TFF 2007 Shankbone.jpg
Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
BornDebra Frances Manheim
(1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 53)
Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1983–present
Children1 son

Camryn Manheim (born March 8, 1961) is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice, Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer and as Elvis's mother, Gladys Presley in the 2005 mini-series Elvis, and "Control" on Person of Interest.

Early life[edit]

Manheim was born Debra Frances Manheim in Caldwell, New Jersey and grew up in Peoria, Illinois.[1] She is the daughter of Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor.[2] Her family is Jewish.[3][4] Manheim became interested in acting after working at a Renaissance fair in high school.[citation needed] Manheim graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BFA degree in 1984[5] and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program with an MFA degree in 1987.[6]

Career[edit]

Manheim worked for a while as a sign language interpreter at hospitals. Her knowledge of sign language was used on The Practice, in an episode of Law & Order, and in her role as a child behavioral psychologist in the movie Mercury Rising.[citation needed] In 1983, she made a brief appearance as a girl in an elevator in Sudden Impact alongside Clint Eastwood, in the post-courtroom scene at the beginning. In the mid-1980s, Manheim appeared as a "trebekkie" in a practical joke pulled on Alex Trebek on Bloopers and Practical Jokes.[citation needed] In 1998, Manheim collected an Emmy for her work on The Practice and exclaimed that, "This is for all the fat girls!" She followed up on this statement with a one-woman show titled Wake Up, I'm Fat! followed by her autobiography with the same name.[citation needed] In 1999, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.[7]

In 2005, Manheim earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in the miniseries Elvis, and the following year she joined the cast of Ghost Whisperer. Her other television credits include Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Family Guy, Will & Grace, Boston Public, Two and a Half Men, The L Word, How I Met Your Mother and Hannah Montana. She also voiced Juliet in the episode "Company Picnic" of Dilbert on UPN in 2000.

In addition, Manheim has several film credits. These include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Happiness (which earned her and her co-stars a National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble), The Laramie Project, Scary Movie 3, Dark Water and An Unfinished Life.

Personal life[edit]

Manheim has been involved with the Los Angeles-based charity, Bet Tzedek Legal Services – The House of Justice, serving as a co-chair for their annual fundraiser, The Justice Ball.[8][9] Her brother, Karl Manheim, is a law professor at Loyola Law School.[10][11] Her only child, son Milo, was born March 6, 2001, two days before her 40th Birthday.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983Sudden ImpactGirl in elevatorUncredited
1985CreatorUnknownUncredited
1994The Road to WellvilleVirginia Cranehill
1994Cracking UpUnknown
1995Deadly WhispersBettyTelevision movie
1995JeffreySingle Woman
1996EraseNurse
1996Rescuing DesirePappa
1997David SearchingGwen
1997Romy and Michele's High School ReunionToby Walters
1998Wide AwakeSister Sophia
1998Mercury RisingDr. London
1998HappinessKristina
1998You Are HereRegistry Woman
1998The Tic CodeMrs. Swensrut
1998Fool's GoldPatricia
1999Joe the KingMrs. Basil
1999East of AAgatha
2000Loretta Clairborne StoryJanet MacFarlandTelevision movie
2000What Planet Are You From?Alison
2001JenniferNurseTelevision movie
2001A Girl ThingSuzanne NaborTelevision movie
2001Kiss My ActSamantha BergerTelevision movie
2002The Laramie ProjectRebecca HillickerTelevision movie
2003Scary Movie 3Trooper
2004The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the TinysaurusesTria
2005Dark WaterTeacher
2005ElvisGladys PresleyTelevision movie
2005An Unfinished LifeNina
2005Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm SchoolLisa Gobar
2006The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the FlyersTria
2007SlipstreamBarbara
2009Jesse Stone: Thin IceElizabeth BlueTelevision movie
2009Just PeckMs. Wood
2010The Pregnancy PactNurse DalyTelevision movie
2012JewtopiaEileen Daniels
2013The MakeoverColleenTelevision movie
2013The Hot FlashesRoxie Rosales
2014Fort McCoyFlorie

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Law & OrderLeilaEpisode: "Life Choice"
1993Law & OrderMartha RollinsEpisode: "Benevolence"
1994Law & OrderBeatrice HinesEpisode: "Nurture"
1994New York UndercoverLawyerEpisode: "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995ABC Afterschool SpecialRisaEpisode: "Notes for My Daughter"
1995One Life to LiveRabbi Heller2 episodes
1996Chicago HopeMarge StewartEpisode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1997–2004The PracticeEllenor Frutt164 episodes
1998Ally McBealEllenor FruttEpisode: "The Inmates"
2000The 10th KingdomSnow White2 episodes
2000Family GuyVoiceEpisode: "Dammit Janet"
2000Will & GraceSueEpisode: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed"
2001Boston PublicEllenor FruttEpisode: "Chapter Thirteen"
2003The SystemPeggy Barker9 episodes
2004Strong MedicineJuneEpisode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"
2004Higglytown HeroesPlumber HeroEpisode: "Twinkle Tooth"
2004The L WordVeronica Bloom4 episodes
2004Two and a Half MenDaisy RayEpisode: "A Kosher Slaughter House Out in Fontana"
2005How I Met Your MotherEllen PierceEpisode: "Matchmaker"
2006–2010Ghost WhispererDelia Banks80 episodes
2007Hannah MontanaMargo2 episodes
2011–2012Harry's LawKim Mendelsohn5 episodes
2013Criminal MindsCarla Hines2 episodes
2013–presentPerson of InterestDiane Claypool/Control6 episodes
2014–presentExtantSam Barton10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1998National Board of ReviewBest CastHappinessWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe PracticeWon
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
1999Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesWon
2000Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieElvisNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2006Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated

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