Mayim Bialik is a Jewish American acress.
Born Mayim Hoya Bialik in San Diego, California to Barry Bialik and Beverly Winkelman, Mayim’s great-great-grandfather’s uncle was Hayim Nachman Bialik, Israel’s national poet. Her grandparents emigrated from Poland, then-Czechoslovakia, and Hungary in the 1930s.
Bialik was raised in a Reform Jewish household and earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, Hebrew, and Jewish Studies from the University of California – Los Angeles in 2000. She completed her Ph.D. on the Prader-Willi syndrome in 2007.
Bialik began acting as a child in the late 1980s and her first job was a role in the horror film Pumpkinhead (1988). She appeared in Beaches (1988) as the daughter of Bette Midler’s character. She also appeared in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl,” among other minor roles.
In the 1990s, Bialik played roles on Fox’s "Molloy" and NBC’s "Blossom" series, and she also did voiceovers for several cartoon television shows. In the 2000s, she had various roles ranging from an appearance on Larry David’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO and the role of a school guidance counselor on 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.
Bialik is most well-known for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory" television show. She joined the cast in season three (2009-2010) and became part of the main cast the following year. Bialik plays a neurobiologist on the television show, which correlates well to her background off-camera. In 2012, Bialik was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in "The Big Bang Theory"; and for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In addition to her acting career, Bialik is also an author and a blogger. In March 2012, she published the book Belong the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. She also blogs about parenting at Kveller, “a Jewish Twist on Parenting.”