Camryn Manheim (born March 8, 1961) is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice, Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer, as Elvis's mother, Gladys Presley in the 2005 mini-series Elvis, and "Control" on Person of Interest.
Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Debra Frances Manheim
March 8, 1961
Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Santa Cruz (BFA)
New York University (MFA)
Manheim was born Debra Frances Manheim in Caldwell, New Jersey and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. She is the daughter of Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor. Her family is Jewish. She attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach, CA and became interested in acting after working at a Renaissance fair during high school. Manheim graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BFA degree in 1984 and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program with an MFA degree in 1987.
Manheim worked for a while as a sign language interpreter at hospitals. Her knowledge of sign language was used on The Practice, in an episode of Law & Order, and in her role as a child behavioral psychologist in the movie Mercury Rising. In 1983, she made a brief appearance as a girl in an elevator in Sudden Impact alongside Clint Eastwood, in the post-courtroom scene at the beginning.
Manheim's breakthrough was her one-woman show, "Wake Up, I'm Fat," which played off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company in 1994. She adapted the show into a book of the same name, which was published by Broadway Books in 1999.
In 2005, Manheim earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in the miniseries Elvis, and the following year she joined the cast of Ghost Whisperer. Her other television credits include Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Family Guy, Will & Grace, Boston Public, Two and a Half Men, The L Word, How I Met Your Mother and Hannah Montana. She also voiced Juliet in the episode "Company Picnic" of Dilbert on UPN in 2000.
In addition, Manheim has several film credits. These include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Happiness (which earned her and her co-stars a National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble), The Laramie Project, Scary Movie 3, Dark Water and An Unfinished Life.
In 2015, Manheim was in the Deaf West production of the musical Spring Awakening as Adult Women. The production, which had a cast composed half of hearing actors and half of deaf or hard-of-hearing actors, paired every deaf actor (who signed their lines in American Sign Language) with a hearing actor who said their lines verbally. Manheim voiced for Marlee Matlin as well as signing her own dialogue in the parts of Frau Bergmann, Fräulein Großebüstenhalter, and Fräulein Knuppeldick.
Manheim has been involved with the Los Angeles-based charity, Bet Tzedek Legal Services – The House of Justice, serving as a co-chair for their annual fundraiser, The Justice Ball. Her brother, Karl Manheim, is a law professor at Loyola Law School. Her only child, son Milo Jacob, was born March 6, 2001, two days before her 40th birthday. According to the National Enquirer, Milo's father is a male model and former college basketball player named Jeffrey Brezovar, a friend of Manheim's, with his conception taking place by sperm donation.
|1983||Sudden Impact||Girl in elevator||Uncredited|
|1994||The Road to Wellville||Virginia Cranehill|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Toby Walters|
|1998||Wide Awake||Sister Sophia|
|1998||Mercury Rising||Dr. London|
|1998||You Are Here||Registry Woman|
|1998||The Tic Code||Mrs. Swensrut|
|1999||Joe the King||Mrs. Basil|
|1999||East of A||Agatha|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Alison|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Trooper|
|2004||The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses||Tria|
|2005||An Unfinished Life||Nina|
|2005||Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School||Lisa Gobar|
|2006||The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers||Tria|
|2009||Just Peck||Ms. Wood|
|2013||The Hot Flashes||Roxie Rosales|
|2015||Return to Sender||Nancy|
|1991||Law & Order||Leila||Episode: "Life Choice"|
|1993||Law & Order||Martha Rollins||Episode: "Benevolence"|
|1994||Law & Order||Beatrice Hines||Episode: "Nurture"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Lawyer||Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"|
|1995||ABC Afterschool Special||Risa||Episode: "Notes for My Daughter"|
|1995||One Life to Live||Rabbi Heller||2 episodes|
|1995||Deadly Whispers||Betty||Television movie|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Marge Stewart||Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"|
|1997–2004||The Practice||Ellenor Frutt||164 episodes|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Ellenor Frutt||Episode: "The Inmates"|
|2000||The 10th Kingdom||Snow White||2 episodes|
|2000||Family Guy||Voice||Episode: "Dammit Janet"|
|2000||Will & Grace||Sue||Episode: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed"|
|2000||Loretta Clairborne Story||Janet MacFarland||Television movie|
|2001||Boston Public||Ellenor Frutt||Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Suzanne Nabor||Television movie|
|2001||Kiss My Act||Samantha Berger||Television movie|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Rebecca Hillicker||Television movie|
|2003||The System||Peggy Barker||9 episodes|
|2004||Strong Medicine||June||Episode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"|
|2004||Higglytown Heroes||Plumber Hero||Episode: "Twinkle Tooth"|
|2004||The L Word||Veronica Bloom||4 episodes|
|2004||Two and a Half Men||Daisy Ray||Episode: "A Kosher Slaughterhouse Out in Fontana"|
|2005||How I Met Your Mother||Ellen Pierce||Episode: "Matchmaker"|
|2005||Elvis||Gladys Presley||Television movie|
|2006–2010||Ghost Whisperer||Delia Banks||80 episodes|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Margo||2 episodes|
|2009||Jesse Stone: Thin Ice||Elizabeth Blue||Television movie|
|2010||The Pregnancy Pact||Nurse Daly||Television movie|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Kim Mendelsohn||5 episodes|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Carla Hines||2 episodes|
|2013||The Makeover||Colleen||Television movie|
|2013–2015||Person of Interest||Control||9 episodes|
|2014||Extant||Sam Barton||10 episodes|
|2015||Hand of God||Dr. Langston||2 episodes|
|2016||Younger||Dr. Jane Wray||2 episodes|
|2017||Major Crimes||Winnie Davis||3 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Thomas, Bob via Associated Press. "Camryn Mannheim plays 'fairest one of all'", Ocala Star-Banner, February 27, 2000. Accessed July 2, 2011. "Born in Caldwell, N.J., Manheim spent her early years in New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan as her math-professor father changed universities."
- "Camryn Manheim Biography (1961-)". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "ABILITY Magazine - Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women’s event
- Rachel Lee Rubin (19 November 2012). Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture. NYU Press. pp. 226–. ISBN 978-0-8147-6385-8.
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- Camryn Manheim interviewed by Chet Cooper. Ability Magazine.
- Lucy Award, past recipients Archived 2011-08-20 at WebCite WIF web site
- CamrynManheim.com : Home
- Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With Its Sixth Annual Justice Ball Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "Camryn Manheim : Actress, Activist, Writer, Producer, Rebel". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "Manheim, Karl - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles". Retrieved 29 January 2016.