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Dr. Mayim Hoya Bialik (born December 12, 1975) is a Jewish American actress. She is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC sitcom Blossom.

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 1930's from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Bialik was raised in Reform Judaism.[2]

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. In 1988, she appeared in Beaches (1988), playing Bette Midler's character as a young girl. She was also featured in the video clip of "Liberian Girl" by Michael Jackson.

Her 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.

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 will have a recurring role as the high school guidance counselor, in ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager[6] She has optioned the Rashi's Daughters books.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

At the end of Blossom, she chose to attend UCLA, despite having been accepted at both Harvard and Yale.[8][9] 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.[10]

She took a break from studies in 2005 to return to acting.[11] Bialik completed her PhD in 2008, but is not pursuing an academic career in the near future;[12] her dissertation was an investigation of Prader-Willi syndrome.[13]

She married Michael Stone on August 31, 2003, in a Victorian themed ceremony with traditional Jewish customs.[14] They have two sons together; Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone was born on October 10, 2005, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone was born August 15, 2008.[15] She is a celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network.[16]

She was featured in TLC's "What Not To Wear" in an episode which aired May 29, 2009.

FilmographyEdit

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

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