Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik

Bialik at the 2011 Gracie Awards
BornMayim Hoya Bialik
(1975-12-12) December 12, 1975 (age 36)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Other namesDr. Mayim Bialik
Alma materUCLA
Occupationactress, author
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Michael Stone (2003–present; sep'd 2012)
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Mayim Bialik

Bialik at the 2011 Gracie Awards
BornMayim Hoya Bialik
(1975-12-12) December 12, 1975 (age 36)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Other namesDr. Mayim Bialik
Alma materUCLA
Occupationactress, author
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Michael Stone (2003–present; sep'd 2012)

Mayim Hoya Bialik (/ˈməm 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 for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[1]


Early life and education

Bialik was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Barry Bialik and Beverly Winkelman.[2] 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.[3] Bialik was raised in Reform Judaism. Her given name means "water" in Hebrew.[4]

Bialik attended Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, California, located in the San Fernando Valley. At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, although she also had been accepted to both Harvard and Yale.[5][6] She stated that she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast. She earned a bachelor's degree in 2000 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.[7] Bialik completed her PhD in 2007.[8] Her dissertation was an investigation of Prader-Willi syndrome.[9][10]


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,[11] 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.

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.[12][13] 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.[14]

In 2009, Bialik was nominated by Clinton Kelly for a makeover on TLC's What Not To Wear.[15]

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.[16] 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 a 2012 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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.[17]

She has an Erdős–Bacon number of 7.

Personal life

Bialik married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony with traditional Jewish customs[18] (Bialik's husband, born into a Mormon family, converted to Judaism; several years later, Bialik's mother-in-law converted to Judaism as well).[19][20] Bialik and Stone have two sons together: Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone, born October 10, 2005, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone, born August 15, 2008.[21] On November 21, 2012, Bialik and Stone announced that they were divorcing, citing irreconcilable differences.[22]

In a 2012 interview, Bialik stated that she would call herself "aspiring Modern Orthodox."[23] She has appeared in several YouTube cameos as Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler[24] 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.[25]

She is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.[26]

Bialik is a vegan[27] and a founding member of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute.[28]

Bialik spoke at the 2011 Penn State Lehigh Valley graduation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.[29]

On August 15, 2012, Bialik was injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, suffering severe lacerations to her right hand. While initial reports indicated she might lose a finger in the accident, Bialik confirmed via Twitter that all her fingers would remain intact.[30] Bialik returned to work on The Big Bang Theory the next day.[31]


1988BeachesYoung Cecilia 'CC' Carol BloomWon - Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy
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
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 Kincaid
1989–1990MacGyverLisa Woodman
  • "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
1991Sea World's Mother Earth Celebration (on Nickelodeon)Herself
1992Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten, TheThe Kingdom Chums: Original Top TenPetey
1993Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomJillieEpisode: "Jillie"
1994Don't Drink the WaterSusan Hollander
1994–1995John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette ShowRachel
  • "The Book of Rachel"
  • "Rachel and Ton"
  • "Rachel Redux"
1995-1996Adventures of Hyperman, TheThe Adventures of HypermanBrittany Bright
  • 1.1
  • "Oceans a Leavin'"

Voice only

1996-1999Hey Arnold!Maria
  • "6th Grade Girls/The Baseball"
  • "Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips"

Voice only

1996Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny QuestLucy
  • Episode: "The Alchemist"

Voice only

1996Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny QuestJulia/French Woman
  • Episode: "Assault on Questworld:

Voice only

1997-2000RecessKirsten Kurst
  • "The Break-In"
  • "The Girl Was Trouble", "The Ratings Game"

Voice only

1997Johnny BravoTour Guide
  • "Going Batty/Berry the Butler/Red Faced in the White House"

Voice only

1997Extreme GhostbustersGirl in Future
  • Episode: "Ghost Apocalyptic Future"
  • Voice only
1998Welcome to ParadoxRitaEpisode: "Alien Jane"
2003-2004Kim PossibleJustine Flanner
  • "The Secret Files"
  • "Partners"

Voice only

2005KatbotPaulaVoice only
2005Fat ActressHerself
  • "The Koi Effect"
  • "Holy Lesbo Batman"
20057th HeavenCathyEpisode: "Dick"
2005-2007Curb Your EnthusiasmJodi Funkhauser
  • "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 Bink
  • "You Don’t Know What You’ve Got..."
  • "Just Say Me"
  • "Let's Try That Again"
  • "The Rhythm of Life"
2009'Til DeathHerself
  • "The Break-Up"
  • "Merit Play"
  • "Baby Steps"
2010–presentBig Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheoryAmy Farrah Fowler
Video games
2003X2: Wolverine's RevengeBush Pilot, May DeuceVoice only


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