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Overview (3)

Born in Caldwell, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameDebra Frances Manheim
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Camryn grew up in Peoria, Illinois before moving to Long Beach California for middle school. She went on to receive a B.F.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and then went on to earn a M.F.A from New York University in 1987. Her mother, Sylvia, was a schoolteacher and her father, Jerry, was a math professor.

She developed an interest in acting at an early age. While studying at New York University, Camryn learned sign language and worked as an interpreter and job coach while pursuing her acting career. In her early years in New York City she met and worked with Tony Kushner, Michael Mayer, and long list of theater luminaries. Her first play in New York was Hydriotaphia, written and directed by Tony Kushner. She went on to work at such renowned theaters as The New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Yale Repertory, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater, Classic Stage Company, & Second Stage.

In 1994 she won an OBIE Award for her portrayal of Gemma in Craig Lucas' Missing Persons, directed by Michael Mayer. In 1995 she wrote and starred in her one-woman show, Wake Up, I'm Fat!, which played to sold out audiences at The Public Theater. She played the "Nurse" in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Greif at the New York Shakespeare Festival and just completed a spectacular run of the Tony nominated rock musical, Spring Awakening on Broadway.

Manheim spent eight years playing defense attorney "Ellenor Frutt" on the Emmy Award winning drama, The Practice. Her portrayal of the feisty attorney garnered her an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Manheim was nominated once again for an Emmy and Golden Globe for her portrayal of "Gladys Presley" in the CBS miniseries Elvis.

In 1999 Manheim fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a New York Times best-selling author when her book Wake Up, I'm Fat! was published by Broadway Books. Camryn teaches and lectures all over the United States and abroad.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CM

Trade Mark (3)

Voluptuous figure
Her smile
Deep blue eyes

Trivia (13)

Worked as a sign language interpreter at hospitals, where she would be in delivery rooms while babies were born to deaf mothers and fathers.
Received a master's degree in drama in 1987 from New York University.
Wears 12 earrings in her right ear to beat someone she knew who had 11.
Has a tattoo of Pegasus on her ankle.
She wrote an off-Broadway play, "Wake Up, I'm Fat" in 1995.
Changed her name when she was 20 years old.
Brother, Karl Manheim, is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA.
MFA in Acting - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1987).
She has played the same character (Ellenor Frutt) in four different television series: The Practice (1997), Ally McBeal (1997), Boston Public (2000) and Gideon's Crossing (2000).
She teaches and lectures all over the United States.
Has a son Milo Manheim.
Her book, "Wake Up, I'm Fat!" is a New York Times Best Seller.
Is an avid Texas Hold Em player.

Personal Quotes (1)

You can either destroy your spirit or you can accept and love yourself just the way you are.

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