Acclaimed actress and social activist Camryn Manheim found success on her own terms. Known for her Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning role on The Practice, Manheim has proven a fierce trailblazer on and off the screen. Shattering her critics’ expectations and defining her career by versatility, determination, and a sense of adventure, Manheim continues to inspire legions of fans, audiences, and women with her candor, humor, and story.
As she tells in her New York Times bestseller, Wake Up, I’m Fat, Manheim's journey in show business has been an exercise in resilience. She says, “I have been a fighter since the day I was born. In fact, I feel like I have boxing gloves on all the time.”
“If you're a big girl like me, you can either destroy your spirit or you can accept and love yourself just the way you are,” Manheim told The New York Times.
Her strength prevailed, leading to her iconic, Emmy-winning role on The Practice, which lasted eight seasons. Her rare comedic and dramatic talents earned her parts on some of TV’s biggest shows. Winning laughs on Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, and Will & Grace, Manheim also unnerved audiences as “Control” on Person of Interest.
In 2015, Manheim made an unforgettable Broadway debut in Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening. Fluent in American Sign Language since college, Manheim spoke and signed her dialogue in this groundbreaking revival.
Off-screen, Manheim raised everyone’s expectations as a semi-professional poker player, competing on Celebrity Poker Showdown and Celebrity Blackjack, raising money for Children’s Media Fund, the Venice Family Clinic, and the ACLU.
Manheim was named one of the “Most Intriguing People” by People magazine and “Woman of the Year” by Glamour. Always passionate, with a dash of irreverence, her speeches cover everything from show business to self-esteem. Manheim reminds audiences that life is not a dress rehearsal and to get the part—they must first believe in themselves.
A vocal advocate for human rights, Manheim’s social activism has included work with the ACLU, RAINN, and Planned Parenthood. She has been honored by the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Lawyers Guild, and received an E! Fashion award from Joan Rivers, which she claims was the hardest award to get.
- Manheim and Spring Awakening Perform at the White House (2015)
- Camryn Manheim at the YWCA Inspire Luncheons (2015)
- Camryn Manheim about her favourite episode (2012)
- Manheim on the set of Ghost Whisperer (2008)
- Camryn Manheim Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (1999)
A movie might be the end result, but the real story happens behind the scenes. To get to the premiere, you have to be as good at business as you are on stage. Having experienced the ups and downs of a life in the arts, Camryn Manheim shares what brought her to the top and how she stayed there. Join Manheim as she guides you through the glitz and glamor of the silver screen and the business behind it.Read More >
Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that translates to “repairing the world.” Understanding the world’s interconnectedness and our own responsibility to others is at the heart of being a citizen of the world. In her speech Mitzvah Therapy: Living Life Generously, Camryn Manheim explains how doing well by others really helps us to do well for ourselves.Read More >
In today’s competitive world, people face rejection on an almost daily basis and in show business that level of rejection is magnified exponentially. Learning how to process those rejections is the key to unlocking success and getting to where you want to go. In this talk, Camryn Manheim explains how the fastest route to achievement is getting past negative people who put up barriers and paving your own road to success.Read More >
Opportunity doesn’t just stumble onto your doorstep. You have to get out there and make your own luck. With decades of experience and success in one of the world’s most competitive fields, Camryn Manheim has seen and done it all in Hollywood, managing to stay relevant in an always changing industry without losing sight of herself and her goals. Persistence, strategy, and negotiation are your tools, and she knows how to use them. Allow Manheim to teach you to make confidence your co-star and get the role of a lifetime.Read More >
- Note to Self
- Wake Up, I'm Fat