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Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

American actress, neuroscientist

Mayim Chaya Bialik (/ˈmaɪəm biˈɑːlɪk/ MY-əm bee-AH-lik; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress, game show host, and author. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. From 2010 to 2019, she played neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which she was 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 2015 and 2017.

In August 2021, it was announced that Bialik will host the primetime version of Jeopardy! After Mike Richards stepped down from hosting the syndicated version of the show later that month, Bialik started concurrently hosting that version as well (sharing duties with Ken Jennings).

Early life and education

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. Three of her four grandparents migrated from Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. She was raised as a Reform Jew, but now considers herself Modern Orthodox Jewish. She had a Bat Mitzvah. She has called herself a "staunch Zionist". Her name, Mayim ('water' in Hebrew), originates in a family nickname of her great-grandmother, Miriam. Israeli Hebrew-language acclaimed poet Hayim Nahman Bialik was her great-great-great-granduncle.

Bialik graduated in 1993 from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California. In acknowledgment of her acting commitments, she was granted a deferred acceptance and attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience, with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies, in 2000.

Bialik has said she did not have the grades needed for medical school. She went on to study for a doctorate in neuroscience. She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting. She returned to earn her Doctor of Philosophy degree in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007 under Dr. James McCracken. Her dissertation was titled "Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative and satiety behaviors in Prader–Willi syndrome".

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Connie Guglielmo
May 26, 2021
CNET
For Mental Health Awareness Month, actor, neuroscientist and podcast host Mayim Bialik's Breakdown, talks about stress, fear, isolation and coping in a post-pandemic world.
Connie Guglielmo
May 20, 2021
CNET
The Big Bang Theory actor, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience, breaks down questions about mental health In her new podcast series for a world still coping with COVID.
Travis Clark
January 13, 2021
Business Insider
Three cast members of "Sex and the City" are reportedly making $1 million an episode for an upcoming HBO Max revival.
June 8, 2020
WebWire
TBS has announced Celebrity Show-Off, a unique talent competition series hosted by Mayim Bialik ( The Big Bang Theory ), premiering on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Based on the popular Korean show My Little Television, and from the executive producer of The Masked Singer, the 10-episode remote series will turn TV and social media on their heads by transforming the variety format into an innovative experiment. Each week celebrities will be given the opportunity to see who...
Talia Lakritz
October 3, 2019
Business Insider
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