Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik was born in San Diego, California on December 12, 1975. She is a game show host, author, and actress from the United States. Bialik starred in the N.B.C. sitcom “Blossom” from 1991 to 1995. From 2010 to 2019, she starred in the C.B.S. sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” for which she received four Primetime Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ and three Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.’ In August 2021, Bialik was officially confirmed as the host of the primetime version of “Jeopardy!” Bialik took over as host of the show’s syndicated version after Mike Richards stepped down later that month. We’ll help you celebrate her special day.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Mayim Chaya Bialik

Birth date:

December 12, 1975

Age:

48

Zodiac Sign:

Sagittarius

Height:

5' 5"

Relationship Status:

In a relationship

Net Worth:

$25 million

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Background

Mayim Bialik was born on December 12, 1975, in San Diego, California. She was brought up as a Reform Jew but now considers herself Modern Orthodox Jewish. Bialik celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and describes herself as a “staunch Zionist.” In 1993, she graduated from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California. Because of her acting commitments, she was granted a deferred acceptance and went to the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies in 2000. She pursued a doctorate in neuroscience before returning to acting in 2005. She returned to U.C.L.A. in 2007 to seek her Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience with Dr. James McCracken.

In the late 1980s, Bialik began her career as a child actress, appearing as Ellie in an episode of the fantasy T.V. show “Beauty and the Beast.” It was through this show that Bialik received her Screen Actors Guild card. Since 1988, she has appeared in several T.V. shows such as “Webster,” “MacGyver,” “Saving Grace,” and “Call Me Kat.” Bialik appeared as a celebrity contestant guest in the episode “Disturbing the Heavenly Peace” on September 8, 1992. She also played a major role in the Woody Allen comedy film “Don’t Drink the Water” in 1994. Bialik mostly did voiceover work for cartoons between 1995 and 2005, including “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest,” Disney’s “Recess” and “Kim Possible,” Cartoon Network’s “Johnny Bravo,” and Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold!”

Bialik became a household name when she appeared in the season three finale of the show “The Big Bang Theory” in 2010 as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, a love interest for Sheldon Cooper’s character. She debuted as a recurring character in season four as Sheldon’s “girlfriend who isn’t a girlfriend.” Her performance in the show earned her Emmy nominations for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ from 2012 until 2015. In August 2014, she co-hosted a revival of “Candid Camera” on TV Land with Peter Funt. Bialik hosted “Jeopardy!” as a guest from May 31 to June 11, 2021. It was announced two months later that she would host the series’ future primetime specials and spinoffs. When executive producer Mike Richards stepped down as host after only one week, it was revealed that Bialik would take over for three weeks. Her contract was extended for seven weeks, after which she alternated with Ken Jennings for the remainder of the calendar year. On July 27, 2022, it was officially confirmed that Bialik and Jennings would be the show’s permanent hosts in a job-sharing arrangement.

Career timeline

1987
Her First Acting Role

Mayim Bialik starts her acting career by appearing in an episode of the fantasy T.V. show "Beauty and the Beast."

1993
Graduating From High School

Bialik graduates from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California, and is accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles on a deferred basis.

2000
Earning a Bachelor Degree

She earns a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies.

2010
“The Big Bang Theory”

Bialik appears for the first time as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in this well-known sitcom.

2016
Receiving an Award

She wins a Critics Choice Television Awards after receiving her third nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her role in "The Big Bang Theory."

2022
Becoming a Game Show Host

After appearing as a guest host in 2021, Bialik is announced as a regular host of the game show "Jeopardy!"

Why We Love Mayim Bialik

  1. She is devoted to animal rights

    In addition to veganism, Mayim Bialik is a founding member of the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, a Jewish organization that advocates for the peaceful and ethical treatment of animals. According to the website, the organization also provides opportunities to teach the Jewish community about animal advocacy and veganism.

  2. She cares about mental health

    Bialik fundraised for the National Alliance on Mental Illness during her "Jeopardy!" appearance, to which she has referred friends. She also has a podcast, "Mayim Bialik's Breakdown," which aims to dispel "myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being" while "removing the stigma surrounding mental health."

  3. Education is one of her core values

    Aside from her impressive acting career, Bialik is passionate about education and has never underestimated the value of learning and knowledge. One of the reasons why Bialik was a perfect fit for "Jeopardy!" is because her life is committed to "knowing things and being capable of expressing things," as she has stated.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She had her first kiss on "Blossom"

    On the N.B.C. sitcom "Blossom," Mayim Bialik shared her first kiss with Johnny Galecki, who later became her co-star on "The Big Bang Theory."

  2. She is a devoted vegan

    Bialik is outspoken about her vegan lifestyle and even published her recipes in a vegan cookbook titled "Mayim's Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting And Healthy Recipes From My Family To Yours."

  3. She can play several musical instruments

    Bialik knows how to play a variety of musical instruments, including the trumpet, piano, and harp.

  4. She is also a director

    Aside from acting, she directed the short film "Thankful" in 2019 and the drama "As They Made Us" in 2022.

  5. She published a parenting book

    In 2012, Bialik published a parenting book titled "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way."

Mayim Bialik FAQs

Who is Mayim Bialik’s ex-husband?

Bialik was married to Michael Stone, whom she met in graduate school, from 2003 until their divorce in 2013.

Does she have children?

Bialik has two children from her previous marriage — Miles Roosevelt Bialik Stone, born in 2005, and Frederick Heschel Bialik Stone, born in 2008.

Who is her current boyfriend?

Bialik is dating Jonathan Cohen, a poet, writer, futurist, and co-host of her Spotify podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown.”

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