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Season 2009 Episode 1207

Mayim Bialik: Jewish Actress Unplugged

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Mayim Bialik: Jewish Actress Unplugged
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From Molly Picon to Natalie Portman, the experiences of Jewish women in Hollywood have often been shaped by their Jewishness.Mayim Bialik presents a frank discussion about Jewish women and Hollywood stardom -- from typecasting and "looking Jewish" to depictions of Jewish characters by Jewish and non-Jewish actresses.Best known for her portrayal of a young Bette Midler in "Beaches" and her lead role as Blossom Russo in the 1990s sitcom "Blossom," Bialik went on to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and has since returned to acting, appearing in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Saving Grace," "Till Death," and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." She will portray Nancy Kurshan in the film "Chicago 8," about the events leading up to the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.Now leading a more observant Jewish lifestyle than her Reform upbringing, Bialik speaks about how she balances aspects of her Jewish identity such as dressing modestly in an industry that leans toward provocative.moreless
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