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September 1, 1962 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Years active||1983 - 1988|
Michelle Meyrink (born September 1, 1962) is a Canadian actress. She performed roles during the 1980s in both television and in feature films, mostly playing roles as offbeat teen girls. She is best remembered as the female nerd Judy in the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds and as the hyperactive whiz-kid Jordan Cochran in Martha Coolidge's 1985 film Real Genius.
Meyrink was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She appeared in many comedy films, including 1983s Valley Girl as Suzi Brent, 1983's The Outsiders as Cherry Valance's best friend Marcia. In 1984 she guest-starred on the television show Family Ties as Mallory's friend (and Skippy's latest infatuation). Her last Hollywood role was in the 1988 film Permanent Record. 
Thereafter, Meyrink gave up acting as a career, deciding she wanted more out of life than the profession was offering. During this transition period, she became interested in the practice of Zen Buddhism. Toward her goal of reshaping her life, Meyrink moved for a time to the Dominican Republic to be near family members living there. She later returned to her hometown of Vancouver, where in 1996, she met her future husband, John Dumbrille, at the Zen Centre of Vancouver.
In 2010 Wired.com named Jordan Cochran, Meyrink's Real Genius character, as #6 on their "Top 10 Greatest Minor Characters in Geek Fiction" list. Writer Matt Blum noted "Michelle Meyrink deserves most of the credit for Jordan’s appearance on this list".
As of 2000-something, Meyrink and John live in Vancouver, BC, and have three children aged 15, 19 and 22. She and her family were the subjects of a 2004 episode of the Canadian television series Quiet Mind, which focused on their embrace and practice of Zen Buddhism.
Michelle now has her own acting school, the Open Stage Studio, in Vancouver; it is modeled in part after the Loft Studio, which she attended with several Hollywood actors while she worked in Los Angeles.
- Permanent Record (1988)
- Nice Girls Don't Explode (1987)
- Tonight's the Night (1987 TV movie)
- One Magic Christmas (1985)
- Real Genius (1985)
- Family Ties (1984, TV series) (episode Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger)
- National Lampoon's Joy of Sex (1984)
- Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
- Valley Girl (1983)
- The Outsiders (1983)
- Blum, Matt (May 12, 2010). "Top 10 Greatest Minor Characters in Geek Fiction". GeekDad (Wired.com). Retrieved November 18, 2011.
- Michelle Meyrink at the Internet Movie Database
- Quiet Mind documentary from Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation Web site (note: Michelle Meyrink sightings at 16:30, 25:00 and 28:00)
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