Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Debra Frances Manheim
March 8, 1961
Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.
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 and as Elvis's mother, Gladys Presley in the 2005 mini-series Elvis, and "Control" on Person of Interest.
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. Manheim became interested in acting after working at a Renaissance fair in 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. In the mid-1980s, Manheim appeared as a "trebekkie" in a practical joke pulled on Alex Trebek on Bloopers and Practical Jokes. In 1998, Manheim collected an Emmy for her work on The Practice and exclaimed that, "This is for all the fat girls!" She followed up on this statement with a one-woman show titled Wake Up, I'm Fat! followed by her autobiography with the same name. In 1999, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.
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.
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, was born March 6, 2001, two days before her 40th Birthday.
|1983||Sudden Impact||Girl in elevator||Uncredited|
|1994||The Road to Wellville||Virginia Cranehill|
|1995||Deadly Whispers||Betty||Television movie|
|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||Loretta Clairborne Story||Janet MacFarland||Television movie|
|2000||What Planet Are You From?||Alison|
|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||Scary Movie 3||Trooper|
|2004||The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses||Tria|
|2005||Elvis||Gladys Presley||Television movie|
|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||Jesse Stone: Thin Ice||Elizabeth Blue||Television movie|
|2009||Just Peck||Ms. Wood|
|2010||The Pregnancy Pact||Nurse Daly||Television movie|
|2013||The Makeover||Colleen||Television movie|
|2013||The Hot Flashes||Roxie Rosales|
|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||2 episodes|
|2000||Family Guy||Voice||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 Slaughter House Out in Fontana"|
|2005||How I Met Your Mother||Ellen Pierce||Episode: "Matchmaker"|
|2006–2010||Ghost Whisperer||Delia Banks||80 episodes|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Margo||2 episodes|
|2011-2012||Harry's Law||Kim Mendelsohn||5 episodes|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Carla Hines||2 episodes|
|2013–present||Person of Interest||Diane Claypool/Control||7 episodes|
|2014–present||Extant||Sam Barton||9 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- 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-)
- ABILITY Magazine | Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper
- Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women’s event
- "NNDB entry". Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- Lucy Award, past recipients WIF web site
- CamrynManheim.com : Home
- Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With Its Sixth Annual Justice Ball
- Official website
- LLS | Faculty | Karl M. Manheim
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