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Mayim  Bialik

Mayim Bialik

Star, The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist

Biography

Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received a 2016 Critic’s Choice Award). Additional accolades for the actress have been shown in personal nominations for both the 2014 & 2015 SAG Awards, as well as Emmy nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category and the 2014 & 2015 Critic’s Choice Television Awards. The actress launched her own website in 2015, GrokNation.com, which gives her fans insight into all things Mayim as well as a place for open discussion on topics in politics, entertainment, religion, parenting as well as Mayim themed merchandise and more. She was a Keynote Speaker at the 2016 BlogHer Conference in Los Angeles speaking on what it takes to develop a site such as GrokNation. Read More >

Bialik was born in San Diego, California to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary film makers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in Beaches, played the quirky Blossom Russo for 5 years on the NBC television sitcom Blossom, and had guest roles on some of television's most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as MacGuyver, Webster, Facts of Life, and Murphy Brown. She also appeared in Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water in 1994, HBO's Fat Actress, and the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Additional appearances include recurring roles on Secret Life of the American Teenager and Fox’s ’Til Death, along with starring in her first leading role in a film in Lifetime’s Flight Before Christmas (she holds a producing credit on the film). She has also been a guest on some of televisions biggest talk shows such as: The View, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late, Late Show with James Corden, Tonight Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, The Talk, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Letterman, Rachael Ray Show, among many others.

After Blossom, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She has been the face and spokesperson for brands and organizations such as Texas Instruments, DeVry University, Gillette (Man of Steel Campaign), Old Navy, PetSmart Charities, City of Hope and Capitol One. In March 2012 Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled Beyond the Sling. The book guides parents through the world of attachment parenting and includes quotes of support from Ricki Lake and Dr. William Sears who himself coined the term "attachment parenting." In 2014, she released her 2nd book, Mayim’s Vegan Table, a Vegan family cookbook by Da Capo Press and recently released her third book via Penguin Publishing titled, Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, which reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Bialik is a board member of a variety of Jewish philanthropic organizations and contributes to a variety of charitable organizations such as the Gift of Life Foundation, Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, the JED Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States, and many others. She has written for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com about her life as an observant Jewish actress and mother, studies weekly independently and through Partners in Torah, and speaks for a variety of organizations around the United States. She can be followed on social media (Twitter and Instagram) at @missmayim. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

For National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Importance of STEM Advocacy

Blossoming to Science

The Top Reasons That I Love My Jewish Heritage

The Value of An Education

Speech Topics

The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny)

An acclaimed actress who became a neuroscientist is now an actress who on TV plays a neuroscientist. If you follow this logic, then you are probably a fan of one of the most popular comedies on television, The Big Bang Theory. Playing the role of “Amy Farrah Fowler,” Mayim Bialik uses her PhD as the foundation for her unforgettable character. In her presentations, she shares her keen scientific mind and her wonderful sense of humor as she explores the work of the brain, of behavioral development, of her life as an actress and scientist, and of the special relationship that exists between The Big Bang Theory and its audience. 

The Art & Science of Caregiving

Having to act as a caregiver for her aging grandparents—from her teens through college and into her graduate school years—Mayim Bialik developed personal insight alongside her academic and neurological/neuropsychiatric training, leading to a complicated but rich understanding of the biological, psychological, and personal impacts of the aging process. Covering such issues as dementia, brain injury, and managing general degenerative processes in a nursing facility, Bialik offers a fascinating journey into both the science of the brain and the emotional issues affecting caregivers.

Judaism

Books & Media

Books

Girling Up

Beyond the Sling

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