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The Big Bang Theory Staff
"Mayim Bialik"
Hot Amy
Gender Female
Birthday December 12, 1975
First Episode The Lunar Excitation
Role(s) Actress
Portrays Amy Farrah Fowler
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Mayim Hoya Bialik (born December 12, 1975, San Diego, California) is an American actress, neuroscientist, and author. She is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990's NBC sitcom Blossom (television series). On July 19, 2012, she received her first Emmy nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She received another Emmy nomination for the role of Amy in 2013.

Early lifeEdit

Bialik was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Barbara, a nursery school director, and John Bialik, a high school drama teacher.[1] Her grandparents emigrated in the late 1930s from Poland and Czechoslovakia/Hungary. Bialik was raised in Reform Judaism.[2] Her first name means "water" in Hebrew.

CareerEdit

Bialik started her career as a child actress in the late 1980s. Her early roles included the horror film Pumpkinhead, her first acting job;[3] and guest appearances on The Facts of Life and Beauty and the Beast (television series). In 1988, she appeared in Beaches (film) (1988), playing Bette Midler's character as a young girl. She had imitated Bette in her act. She was also featured in the video clip of 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. The actress' greatest success to date came in 1991 when Blossom joined NBC's Monday night lineup following The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Both shows enjoyed popularity, especially among younger viewers, for the first couple of years of their respective runs. Blossom aired until 1995.

Between 1995 and 2005, Bialik mostly did voice work for cartoons, such as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and Recess (television series).

She appeared in the feature film Kalamazoo? released in late 2005. She 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. Bialik had a guest appearance as a Hasidic Jew in an episode of Saving Grace.[4][5] She has a recurring role as the high school guidance counselor in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager and also guest-starred as a potential girlfriend for the character Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, in the 3rd season finale of the hit CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.[6] She also had an appearance on the Fox TV show 'Til Death in which she has a reunion of sorts with two of her Blossom costars- Jenna von Oÿ – who played Blossom’s quirky best-friend Six – and Michael Stoyanov – who played Blossom’s older brother Anthony.[7] She has optioned the Rashi's Daughters books.[8] She appeared in an Old Navy commercial as Blossom with her former co-star Joseph Lawrence in 2012.[9]
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Mayim as Amy Farrah Fowler

It was announced on July 14, 2010 that Mayim will be writing her first book called Intuitive Parenting. It's a commonsense guide to attachment parenting - including her first-person advice on co-sleeping, baby wearing, extended nursing, natural birth, and more - showing from her own experience how any parent can embrace these holistic principles to raise a happy, secure baby, to Michelle Howry at Touchstone Fireside, for publication in spring 2012, by Anthony Mattero at Renaissance.[10]

Mayim was nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, but did not win. On March 11, 2014, Mayim Bailik (Amy) visited "The Talk" and was interviewed by Sara Gilbert (Leslie Winkle). They both appeared on "The Lunar Excitation"; Amy's first appearance and Leslie's last.


In 2014, she will become the guest host on the TV Land edition of the classic reality show "Candid Camera".
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Leslie and Amy on "The Talk".

Personal lifeEdit

At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend University of California, Los Angeles, despite having been accepted at both Harvard and Yale.[11][12] 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. A 2002 interview stated that Bialik is now involved in Conservadox Judaism.[2] She continues to study Judaism with the help of her Partners in Torah partner, Allison Josephs.[13]

She is a keen musician, playing piano, bass guitar and trumpet. She has also had harp lessons in order to be able to play the song fragments performed by Amy (including The Girl from Ipanema, Everybody Hurts and Wanted - Dead or Alive, rather than miming to a pre-recorded track.

She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting.[14] Bialik completed her PhD in 2008, but is not pursuing an academic career in the near future;[15] her dissertation was an investigation of Prader-Willi syndrome.[16][17]

She married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony with traditional Jewish customs.[18] They have two sons together; Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone was born on October 10, 2005, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone was born on August 15, 2008.[19] She is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.[20]
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Mayim

She was featured in TLC's What Not to Wear in an episode which aired May 29, 2009. The actress Rachael Harris also appears in the episode, as one of Mayim's friends at the reveal party that show always closes with.

She is a vegan.[21]

Bialik will be a judge on the second season of "King of the Nerds".

AccidentEdit

On August 15, 2012, a day after the taping of the first episode of The Big Bang Theory's sixth season, Mayim, who was driving in her white Volvo after appearing on "The Soup" was involved in an accident. A car carrying Chilean tourists made a sudden left turn at an intersection on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea, and hit her car. As a result, Mayim suffered a serious injury on her right hand, with eyewitnesses reporting that there was a lot of blood everywhere. Mayim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and rumors surfaced not long after, that she might lose her fingers. However, Mayim shot down the rumors by posting on her Twitter (with her husband's help) that she will keep her fingers. She added later that her right hand is very impaired and she has a long road of recovery ahead of her, so her assistant, Brandon, will help her type her blogs. People Magazine photographed her post-accident, wearing a gauze on her left forearm and a full cast on her right arm. It was also confirmed that her injury will not affect the production of The Big Bang Theory, with executive producer and writer Bill Prady posting on his Twitter that Mayim will attend the next episode's rehearsal with all her fingers intact. Mayim herself confirmed that she will not take any week off from the show.

GalleryEdit

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1988 Beaches young Cecilia 'CC' Carol Bloom
Pumpkinhead Wallace kid
2005 Kalamazoo? Maggie Goldman
Television - Live Action
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Beauty and the Beast Ellie Episode: "No Way Down"
1988 The Facts of Life Jennifer Cole Episodes: "The Beginning of the Beginning", "The Beginning of the End"
1988–1989 Webster Frieda eight episodes
1989–1990 Empty Nest Laurie Kincaid Episodes: "The R.N. Who Came to Dinner", "Harry Knows Bestro"
MacGyver Lisa Woodman Episodes: "Cease Fire", "Twenty Questions", "Hearts of Steel"
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. Candace Episode: "Ask Dr. Doogie"
Molloy Molloy Martin Episodes: "Pilot", "Surprise"
Murphy Brown Natalie Episode: "I Want My FYI"
1990–1995 Blossom Blossom Russo 114 episodes
1993 The Hidden Room Jillie Episode: "Jillie"
1994 Don't Drink the Water Susan Hollander Woody Allen's TV remake
1994–1995 The John Larroquette Show Rachel Episodes: "The Book of Rachel", "Rachel and Ton", ""Rachel Reduxy
1998 Welcome to Paradox Rita Episode: "Alien Jane"
2005 Fat Actress Herself Episodes: "The Koi Effect", "Holy Lesbo Batman"
7th Heaven Cathy Episode: "Dick"
2005, 2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Jodi Funkhauser Episodes: "The Bowtie", "The TiVo Guy", "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial"
2009 Saving Grace Esther Episode: "Mooooooooo"
What Not To Wear Herself Nominated by former "Blossom" co-star, Jenna von Oy.
Bones Genie Gormon Episode: "The Cinderella in the Cardboard"
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. Wilameena Bink Episodes: "You Don’t Know What You’ve Got...", "Just Say Me", "Let's Try That Again", "The Rhythm of Life"
'Til Death Herself Episodes: "The Break-Up", "Merit Play", "Baby Steps"
The Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler Episodes: Season 3 - The Lunar Excitation (debut), 43 episodes - ongoing
Notes
1992 The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten Petey
1995, 1996 The Adventures of Hyperman Brittany Bright Episodes: #1.1 and "Oceans a Leavin'"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Lucy Episode: "The Alchemist"
Julia/French Woman Episode: "Assault on Questworld:
1996, 1999 Hey Arnold! Maria Episodes: "6th Grade Girls/The Baseball", "Dinner for Four/Phoebe Skips"
1997 Johnny Bravo Tour Guide Episode: "Going Batty/Berry the Butler/Red Faced in the White House"
Extreme Ghostbusters Girl in Future Episode: "Ghost Apocalyptic Future"
1997, 1998, 2000 Recess Kirsten Kurst Episodes: "The Break-In", "The Girl Was Trouble", "The Ratings Game"
2003 X2: Wolverine's Revenge Bush Pilot, May Deuce video game
2003, 2004 Kim Possible Justine Flanner Episodes: "The Secret Files", "Partners"
2005 Katbot Paula never aired

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.filmreference.com/film/39/Mayim-Bialik.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 Goldman, Michele. Religion Blossoms for Bialik. The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 2002-10-11
  3. Leonard Pierce Mayim Bialik: Random Roles. The A.V. Club. 2009-01-28
  4. 'Mayim Bialik's Kosher Comeback!'. The Chosen Blog. May 26, 2009
  5. 'Mayim Bialik Learns What Not to Wear'. Celebrity Baby Blog.
  6. Variety. Mayim Bialik. Justin Kroll.
  7. http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/03/31/blossom-reunion-on-fox-whoa/
  8. 'Mayim Bialik: From 'Blossom' to Brachot'. Matthue Roth. May 6, 2009
  9. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/blossom-old-navy-commercial_n_1373583.html
  10. http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/cgi-bin/dealSearch.pl?deal_terms=bialik
  11. Blossom Flowers: Mayim Bialik Grows into Adult Roles
  12. Mayim Bialik; Playing the Role Of an American in Paris Michael E. Hill; The Washington Post; Sep 19, 1993; Y.07;
  13. 'Mayim Bialik to Guest Star on a Very Special Jew in the City!'. Jew in the City. May 20, 2009]
  14. Alumni Stories - Notable Alumni
  15. http://celebrity-babies.com/2009/06/04/mayim-bialik-talks-attachment-parenting-with-cbb/
  16. Life After Child Stardom - Not by the Numbers
  17. Bialik, Mayim C. "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome" (PhD Diss., UCLA , 2007).
  18. Mayim Bialik's Jewish Wedding. Jewish Wedding Network
  19. Mayim Bialik Welcomes Second Son, Frederick Heschel. CBB. November 11, 2008
  20. Meet Mayim Bialik: Actress and Holistic Mom
  21. Mayim Bialik Gets Her Eco On At The Go Green Expo In Los Angeles'. Ecorazzi. January 20, 2010

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Characters Main Leonard Hofstadter  ‧  Sheldon Cooper  ‧  Penny  ‧  Howard Wolowitz  ‧  Rajesh Koothrappali  ‧  Amy Farrah Fowler  ‧  Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz        |        Former  :   Stuart Bloom  ‧  Leslie Winkle        |        The Social Group
Recurring Mrs. Wolowitz  ‧  Barry Kripke  ‧  Priya Koothrappali  ‧  Dr. V. M. Koothrappali  ‧  Mrs. Koothrappali  ‧  Lucy  ‧  Mrs. Mary Cooper  ‧  Zack Johnson  ‧  Dr. Beverly Hofstadter  ‧  Mike Rostenkowski  ‧  Emily  ‧  Alex Jensen  ‧  Professor Proton  ‧  Althea  ‧  Cinnamon
Cast Regulars Johnny Galecki  ‧  Jim Parsons  ‧  Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting  ‧  Simon Helberg  ‧  Kunal Nayyar  ‧  Mayim Bialik  ‧  Melissa Rauch  ‧  Kevin Sussman  ‧  Sara Gilbert  ‧  Carol Ann Susi  ‧  John Ross Bowie
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Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
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Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
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