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Mayim Bialik
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Bialik in 2013
Mayim Chaya Bialik

December 12, 1975 (1975-12-12) (age 45)
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (BS, PhD)
Occupation Actress, neuroscientist, author
Years active 1987–present
Television Blossom
The Big Bang Theory
Michael Stone
(m. 2003; div. 2012)
Children 2
Scientific career
Fields Neuroscience
Thesis Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome (2007)
Doctoral advisor James T. McCracken

Mayim Bialik is an American actress, author, and neuroscientist. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. Since 2010, she has played Amy Farrah Fowler – like the actress, a neuroscientist – on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 and 2018.

Early life

Mayim Chaya Bialik was born on December 12, 1975, in San Diego, California, to Barry and Beverly (née Winkleman) Bialik. Her family were Jewish immigrants who lived in The Bronx, New York City, and three of her four grandparents migrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Bialik was raised as a Reform Jew, but now considers herself to be Modern Orthodox Jewish. Bialik has also described herself as a "staunch Zionist". Her personal name, Mayim ('water' in Hebrew), originates in a mispronunciation of Miriam, her great-grandmother's name. Hayim Nahman Bialik is her great-great-grandfather’s cousin.

Bialik attended Walter Reed Junior High School (now Walter Reed Middle School) and graduated in 1993 from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California. While completing filming on Blossom she received acceptance offers from UCLA, Yale, and Harvard. In acknowledgment of her acting commitments, she was granted a deferred acceptance and attended UCLA. She stated that she wanted to stay close to her parents and did not want to move to the East Coast.

Bialik earned a B.S. degree in neuroscience, with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to study for a doctorate in neuroscience. She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. Bialik returned to earn her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, in 2007. Her dissertation was an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome, entitled "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative and satiety behaviors in Prader–Willi syndrome."

Personal life

Bialik married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian-themed ceremony that included traditional Jewish wedding customs. Stone was born into a Mormon family and converted to Judaism. Bialik and Stone have two sons, Miles (b. 2005) and Frederick (b. 2008). The couple divorced in November 2012.


Year Title Role
1988 Beaches Young Cecilia 'CC' Carol Bloom
Pumpkinhead Wallace kid
1994 Don't Drink the Water Susan Hollander
2005 Kalamazoo? Maggie Goldman
2011 The Chicago 8 Nancy Kurshan
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Maria (Voice)
Television - Live Action
Year Title 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 Best"
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
1991 Sea World's Mother Earth Celebration (on Nickelodeon) Herself Played a mall-a-holic who knows little about animals and nature until she hears about friends' experiences. Her neighborhood mysteriously "flies off" to Sea World where she's able to use her new knowledge and learn more facts.
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 Redux"
1998 Welcome to Paradox Rita Episode: "Alien Jane"
2005 Fat Actress Herself Episodes: "The Koi Effect",
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 Clinton Kelly nominated her for the show, having been a fan of hers since Blossom
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"
2010–present The Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler Introduced in season 3 finale, guest until episode 5 of season 4, main cast starring role since episode 8 of season 4
Mayim Bialik at the rehearsal for the 1989 Academy Awards recrop
Bialik at the rehearsal for the 1989 Academy Awards
Television - voice
Year Title Role 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
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