Camryn Manheim

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Camryn Manheim
Manheim at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Debra Frances Manheim[1]

(1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 63)
Years active1983–present
ChildrenMilo Manheim

Debra Frances "Camryn" Manheim (born March 8, 1961)[2] is an American actress who first came to attention with her off-Broadway one-woman show, "Wake Up, I'm Fat", in 1994. She is known for her portrayals of Ellenor Frutt on The Practice (1997–2004), Delia Banks on Ghost Whisperer (2006–2010), "Control" on Person of Interest (2013–2015), Lieutenant Cosgrove on Stumptown (2019–2020), and Gladys Presley in the 2005 miniseries Elvis. Since 2022, she has played the lead role of Kate Dixon on Law & Order. Manheim's film credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Happiness (1998), What Planet Are You From? (2000), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Twisted (2004), Dark Water (2005), An Unfinished Life (2005), and Cop Car (2015). She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, in addition to three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Early life[edit]

Manheim was born in West Caldwell, New Jersey, into a Jewish family,[3][4] the daughter of Sylvia (née Nuchow), a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor and the Dean of Letters and Science at California State University Long Beach.[5][6] Her family relocated several times in her early childhood due to her father taking new teaching positions, and she spent her early years in Michigan and Peoria, Illinois.[7]

When she was in sixth grade, her family relocated to Southern California, settling in Long Beach, where she attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School.[8] She became interested in acting after working at a Renaissance faire during high school.[9] 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.[10] Her brother, Karl Manheim, is a law professor at Loyola Law School.[11][12]


Manheim (lower left) on the Spring 2003 cover of Ms. magazine

Manheim worked for a while as a sign language interpreter at hospitals.[13] 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.[citation needed] In 1983, she made a brief appearance as a girl in an elevator in Sudden Impact 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.[14] She adapted the show into a book of the same name, which was published by Broadway Books in 1999.[15]

In 1999, Manheim won an Emmy for her work on The Practice. In 1999, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Manheim's son Milo, conceived via sperm donation from her close friend Jeffrey Brezovar, was born on March 6, 2001.[17][18]

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.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Sudden Impact Girl in elevator Uncredited
1994 Cracking Up Unknown
1994 The Road to Wellville Virginia Cranehill
1995 Jeffrey Single woman
1996 Eraser Nurse
1996 Rescuing Desire Pappa
1997 David Searching Gwen
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Toby Walters
1998 Fool's Gold Patricia
1998 Happiness Kristina
1998 Mercury Rising Dr. London
1998 Wide Awake Sister Sophia
1998 The Tic Code Mrs. Swensrut
1998 You Are Here Registry woman
1999 East of A Agatha
1999 Joe the King Mrs. Basil
2000 What Planet Are You From? Alison
2003 Scary Movie 3 Trooper
2004 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses Tria Voice
2004 Twisted Lisa
2005 Dark Water Teacher
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Lisa Gobar
2005 Snow Wonder Bev
2005 An Unfinished Life Nina
2006 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers Tria Voice
2007 Slipstream Barbara
2009 Just Peck Ms. Wood
2011 Without Men Boss
2012 Jewtopia Eileen Daniels
2013 The Hot Flashes Roxie Rosales
2014 Fort McCoy Florie
2015 Cop Car Bev
2015 Return to Sender Nancy
2018 All About Nina Debora


Year Title Role Notes
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 Bettina Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995 ABC Afterschool Special Rita Episode: "Notes for My Daughter"
1995 Deadly Whispers Betty Television film
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 Main role
1998 Ally McBeal Ellenor Frutt Episode: "The Inmates"
2000 Family Guy Ellen Pine (voice) Episode: "Dammit Janet"
2000 Loretta Clairborne Story Janet MacFarland Television film
2000 The 10th Kingdom Snow White 3 episodes
2000 Will & Grace Sue Episode: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed"
2001 Boston Public Ellenor Frutt Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"
2001 A Girl Thing Suzanne Nabor Television film
2001 Jennifer Suzzane Allen Television film
2001 Kiss My Act Samantha Berger Television film, also co-executive producer
2002 The Laramie Project Rebecca Hillicker Television film
2003 The System Peggy Barker 9 episodes
2004 Higglytown Heroes Camryn (voice) Episode: "Twinkle Tooth"
2004 The L Word Veronica Bloom 4 episodes
2004 Strong Medicine June Episode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"
2004 Two and a Half Men Daisy Ray Episode: "A Kosher Slaughterhouse Out in Fontana"
2005 Elvis Gladys Presley 2 episodes
2005 How I Met Your Mother Ellen Pierce Episode: "Matchmaker"
2006–2010 Ghost Whisperer Delia Banks Main role (season 2–5)
2007 Hannah Montana Margo 2 episodes
2007 SeeMore's Playhouse Herself Episode: "Dental Visits"
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Elizabeth Blue Television film
2010 The Pregnancy Pact Nurse Daly Television film
2011–2012 Harry's Law Kimberly Mendelsohn 5 episodes
2013 Criminal Minds Carla Hines 2 episodes
2013 The Makeover Colleen Television film
2013–2015 Person of Interest Control 9 episodes
2014 Extant Sam Barton Main role (season 1)
2015 Hand of God Dr. Langston 2 episodes
2016 Code Black Alice Williams Episode: "Life and Limb"
2016 Masters of Sex Alice Episode: "In to Me You See"
2016 Younger Jane Wray 2 episodes
2017 Major Crimes Winnie Davis 3 episodes
2018 Living Biblically Twila Meadows Main role
2018 Waco Balenda Thibodeau 4 episodes
2019 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner and Waterkeeper Alliance contributor; Episode: "Poor Trev"
2019 The Magicians Sheila 4 episodes
2019–2020 Stumptown Mary Cosgrove Main role
2019 Heartstrings Betty Grover 1 episode
2020 Utopia Artemis 2 episodes
2021 Big Shot Coach McCarthy Recurring role
2022–present Law & Order Kate Dixon Main role (season 21–present)
2022 Law & Order: Organized Crime Kate Dixon Recurring role
2022–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kate Dixon Recurring role
2022 This Is Us Debbie Episode: "Don't Let Me Keep You"


  1. ^ Manheim, Camryn (1999). Wake Up, I'm Fat! (Paperback). New York: Broadway Books. p. 39. ISBN 9780767903639.
  2. ^ International Television & Video Almanac. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 308. ISBN 9780900610813.
  3. ^ "ABILITY Magazine – Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women…". February 1, 2009. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Camryn Manheim Biography (1961–)". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Carmen Perez". April 13, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ Miller, Gerri (September 18, 2019). "Stumptown's Camryn Manheim Talks Acting, Activism, and How to Raise a Mensch". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on October 18, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Rachel Lee Rubin (November 19, 2012). Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture. NYU Press. pp. 226–. ISBN 978-0-8147-6385-8.
  10. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Camryn Manheim : Actress, Activist, Writer, Producer, Rebel". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  12. ^ "Manheim, Karl – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles". Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "ABILITY Magazine – Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper".
  14. ^ "Wake Up, I'm Fat".
  15. ^ ""WAKE UP, I'M FAT!" by Camryn Manheim – Kirkus Reviews".
  16. ^ Lucy Award, past recipients Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine WIF web site
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Find Out All About 'Zombies' Star Milo Manheim". Sweety High. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  19. ^ " : Home". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  20. ^ Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With Its Sixth Annual Justice Ball Retrieved January 29, 2016.

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