When someone’s portfolio reads “actress, author, neuroscientist”, you know that they are a bundle of talent right off the bat. Mayim Bialik has managed to find herself in this elite category of multi-talented individuals. She has been involved in voicing roles, web series, films, and television series. She is mostly known for her regular participation as the character, Amy Farrah Fowler – also a neuroscientist – on CBS’s ultra-successful series The Big Bang Theory. This role has earned her four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. For her efforts on the series, she has also won a Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In fact, this role was so successful that Mayim had to turn down the prestigious honor of lighting the Independence Day torch in Isreal because it conflicted with her shooting schedule for the series.
Mayim Bialik’s Biography
The actress cum neuroscientist was born Mayim Chaya Bialik in San Diego, California, on December 12, 1975. Mayim, whose name means “water” has Polish, Czech, and Hungarian heritage and is Jewish. Her parents are Barry and Beverly Bialik.
She went to Walter Reed Middle School after which she went to North Hollywood High School. By this time, she was already a child actress and had appeared in 80s movies and tv roles such as Pumpkinhead, Webster, Blossom, Beauty and The Beast, and The Facts of Life.
After her high school education in 1995, she received admission offers from UCLA, Yale, and Harvard. A bit of back and forth ensued before she opted for The University of California because she did not want to be far away from her family. Her time in UCLA earned her a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies. Bialik went on a hiatus in 2005 to focus on her acting but returned to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2007.
Bialik’s last major role before 1995 was in Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy Don’t Drink The Water. She spent most of the next decade doing mostly voicing roles for cartoons such as Jonny Bravo, Kim Possible, Hey Arnold!, and Recess. She followed this up with guest appearances in series such as Saving Grace, Kalamazoo, and Fat Actress. Starting in 2008, she was the school’s guidance counselor in ABC’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Mayim Bialik brought her academic interests with her when she was brought on as part of the cast of the ultra-successful The Big Bang Theory in the finale of its third season. Her character on the sitcom is Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist. Malik Bialik’s went from recurring role to major role in the 8th episode of the fourth season. For her efforts on the series, she was nominated four years in a row (2012 – 2015) for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
On March 6, 2012, Bialik released her parenting book titled Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. She has also written and co-written several other books. In 2015, she featured in the movie The Flight Before Christmas.
In August 2015, she founded GrokNation, an online platform that brings people from all over together to talk about contemporary issues within society’s framework. Amidst the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, Mayim Bialik published an op-ed in The New York Times that talked about how society had become largely immodest and how women were constantly being objectified and exploited for profit by the entertainment industry.
Her Family: Kids and her ex-husband Michael Stone
Bialik’s marriage lasted for roughly nine years. She got married to a man named Michael Stone on August 31, 2003. Mayim who was raised a Mormon but converted to Judaism included some traditional customs of a Jewish wedding into her Victorian-themed ceremony.
Her union birthed two children. The first, Miles, was born in 2003, and the second, Frederick came in 2008. She stepped away from a career as a research professor in 2010 and went back into acting to be able to spend more time raising her children. In November 2012, Michael Stone and Mayim Bialik called time on their marriage.
Bialik may not be in the elite category of top-earning Hollywood names, however, she cannot complain too much. She has earned a good income for herself with her plethora of voice-over roles, and comedy movies and series, most notably, The Big Bang Theory. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she receives a payment of $450,000 per episode on the comedy series. The website also puts her net worth at $25 million.