Camryn Manheim

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Camryn Manheim

Born

3/8/1961, Caldwell, New Jersey (USA)

Birth Name

Debra Frances Manheim

Gender

Female
8.6
out of 10
User Rating
64 votes

Biography

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Camryn Manheim was born on March 8, 1961 in Calwell, New Jersey. She grew up Peoria, Illinois with her mother Sylvia who was a school teacher and her father Jerry who was a math professor. She earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from New York University in…more

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    • Camryn: (on working with Jennifer Love Hewitt on "Ghost Whisperer") J Love, that's what I call her! I have never in my career met someone more conscientious of the crew and cast and people around her. She's the first actress I know who, after you shoot her close-up, doesn't turn around and go back to her trailer and then make you wait for her to come back. Sometimes I say, 'Can you just be a little bitchy because (otherwise) I look like the bad one!'

    • Camryn: (When she won her Emmy) This is for all the fat girls!

    • Camryn: If I am presented with the choice of a rice cake or tiramisu, I know that Ms. Smith would so desperately want me to choose that rice cake ... But that's not living. That's merely existing. And I want to live in a world with tiramisu.

    • Camryn: My parents are so proud, and while they are not really willing to take responsibility for some of the things they said in the past, they do, in their silence, make some apology for it. I think they choose not to really confront the issue of me growing up fat, and how they, in their attempts to protect me from other people, actually caused me a whole other set of sorrows. They were afraid that I would suffer a lot because the world hates fat people. Our culture, to be more specific, really hates fat people. Or were they just embarrassed that I wasn't the perfect child? Well, they're certainly not embarrassed anymore. They get so much pride and enjoyment out of my success, which I am happy to share with them. Despite what they did or didn't do regarding my body image, to me, it's all outweighed by what they did do, which was to give me unconditional love and support for my passion for the arts.

    • Camryn: It is a big deal that I look good and not dumpy. It's important to me that I look good on television because, let's face it, I'm single, and you want somebody to watch the show and fall in love with you. After all, that is the goal of being on TV, isn't it? It's all about bein' loved.

    • Camryn: I'm so grateful to have been able to bring that to our culture and to all those women out there who are struggling and don't think that they're sexy or that men are going to find them attractive. And maybe this will help make men say, Wow, that fat woman is sexy, and that thin man is interested in her.

    • Camryn: I come from the theatre. In the theatre, when I'm working on a character, I have a script and I know the beginning, the middle, and the end. I was trained to look at the "arc" of the character: to start out with the characters not knowing so much about themselves, embarking on the journey to learn about who they are, and in the end to have made some great discovery. And that's what makes great theatre. Where my training falls short is in what happens when you don't know what discovery is going to be made.

    • Camryn: I've always thought of fat as just a descriptive word. I'm blonde, I have blue eyes, and I'm fat. I guess it does carry with it a negative connotation from the past, but in order to change that, you just simply have to use it without apologizing for it.

    • Camryn: I have lived my life in a culture that hates fat people. Every billboard, every magazine, and every commercial tells me I should hate my body. There are billion-dollar industries invested in me hating my body: the fashion industry, the diet industry, the nutrition industry, and the cosmetic surgery industry are all invested in my hating my body. If women of my size were to actually enjoy being their size, those industries would collapse.

    • Camryn: I learned how to sign because when I was growing up in California in order to get into college you needed two semesters of language to get into a University of California school. In high school I failed French, German and Spanish every time I took it.

    • Camryn: The confidence I built from working with great directors and writers gave me the balls to write my own show, which really brought me into the public eye intensely.

    • Camryn: One of the things I did when I was in New York, which has a wonderful deaf community, is I have worked on making Broadway more accessible to deaf people. There is one Broadway show every month which gets interpreted. I went to Julliard to study how to interpret for the theatre. Then I realized if I spent all my time interpreting on the side of the stage I would never make it to the center so I cut it down and that is when my career took off.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Loved since the Practice!

    10
    I have loved her since she was on the Practice and that really she is a role model for people that are plus sized proving that you can make it in Hollywood in a town where thin is in. Very good actress as well as can't wait to see her in Ghost Whisperer this fall.
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