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. In 1998 she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The Practice.
Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||March 8, 1961|
Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Santa Cruz (BFA) |
New York University (MFA)
Manheim was born in Caldwell, New Jersey as Debra, 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 in Long Beach, California 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. Her brother, Karl Manheim, is a law professor at Loyola Law School.
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.
|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||"Twisted" Lisa|
|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|
|2018||All About Nina||Debora|
|2000||Loretta Clairborne Story||Janet MacFarland|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Suzanne Nabor|
|2001||Kiss My Act||Samantha Berger|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Rebecca Hillicker|
|2009||Jesse Stone: Thin Ice||Elizabeth Blue|
|2010||The Pregnancy Pact||Nurse Daly|
|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|
|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||3 episodes|
|2000||Family Guy||N/A||Episode: "Dammit Janet"|
|2000||Will & Grace||Sue||Episode: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed"|
|2001||Boston Public||Ellenor Frutt||Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"|
|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||2 episodes|
|2006–2010||Ghost Whisperer||Delia Banks||Main role (season 2–5); 80 episodes|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Margo||2 episodes|
|2007||SeeMore's Playhouse||Herself||Episode: "Dental Visits"|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Kim Mendelsohn||5 episodes|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Carla Hines||2 episodes|
|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|
|2016||Code Black||Alice Williams||Episode: “Life and Limb”|
|2016||Masters of Sex||Group Lead||Episode: "In to Me You See"|
|2017||Major Crimes||Winnie Davis||3 episodes|
|2018||Waco||Balenda Thibodeau||4 episodes|
|2018||Living Biblically||Ms. Meadows||8 episodes|
|2019||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Guest diner and Waterkeeper Alliance contributor; Episode: "Poor Trev"|
|2019||The Magicians||Sheila||2 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 January 29, 2016.
- "ABILITY Magazine - Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- "Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women…". February 1, 2009. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009.
- Rachel Lee Rubin (November 19, 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 December 1, 2011.
- "Camryn Manheim : Actress, Activist, Writer, Producer, Rebel". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- "Manheim, Karl - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "ABILITY Magazine - Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper". www.abilitymagazine.com.
- "Wake Up, I'm Fat". www.radiancemagazine.com.
- ""WAKE UP, I'M FAT!" by Camryn Manheim - Kirkus Reviews".
- Lucy Award, past recipients Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine WIF web site
- Eric Hegedus (July 27, 2017). "Camryn Manheim's son is a Broadway baby in more ways than one". New York Post. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Find Out All About 'Zombies' Star Milo Manheim". Sweety High. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
- CamrynManheim.com : Home Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With Its Sixth Annual Justice Ball Retrieved January 29, 2016.