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Camryn Manheim
Jewish Actress - Played Ellenor Frutt on The Practice

Camryn Manheim was born on March 8, 1961. She is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice, Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer and as Elvis's mother, Gladys Presley in the 2005 mini-series Elvis.


Early life

Manheim was born Debra Frances Manheim in Caldwell, New Jersey and grew up in Peoria, Illinois.[1] She is the daughter of Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor.[2] Her family is Jewish.[3][4] Manheim became interested in acting after working at a Renaissance fair in high school.[citation needed] Manheim graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BFA degree in 1984[5] and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program with an MFA degree in 1987.[6]


Manheim worked for a while as a sign language interpreter at hospitals. Her knowledge of sign language was utilized at times on The Practice, an episode of Law & Order and also for her role as a Child Behavioral Psychologist in the movie Mercury Rising. In 1983, she made a brief appearance as a girl in an elevator in Sudden Impact alongside Clint Eastwood in the post-courtroom scene at the beginning. In the mid 1980s, Manheim appeared as a "trebekkie" in a practical joke pulled on Alex Trebek on Bloopers and Practical Jokes.[citation needed] In 1998, Manheim collected an Emmy for her work on The Practice and exclaimed that "This is for all the fat girls!" She followed up on this statement with a one-woman show entitled Wake Up, I'm Fat! followed by her autobiography with the same name.[citation needed] In 1999, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award.[7]
In 2005, Manheim earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in the miniseries Elvis, and the following year she joined the cast of Ghost Whisperer. Her other television credits include Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Family Guy, Will & Grace, Boston Public, Two and a Half Men, The L Word, How I Met Your Mother and Hannah Montana. She also voiced Juliet in the episode "Company Picnic" of the Dilbert on UPN in 2000.

In addition, Manheim has several film credits. These include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Happiness (which earned her and her co-stars a National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble), The Laramie Project, Scary Movie 3, Dark Water and An Unfinished Life.

Personal life

Manheim has been involved with the Los Angeles-based charity, Bet Tzedek Legal Services - The House of Justice, serving as a co-chair for their annual fundraiser, The Justice Ball.[8][9] Her brother, Karl Manheim, is a law professor at Loyola Law School.[10][11]


Sudden Impact (1983)
Creator (1985) (Uncredited)
The Road to Wellville (1994)
Cracking Up (1994)
Deadly Whispers (1995)
Jeffrey (1995)
Eraser (1996)
The Practice (1997-2004)- Ellenor Frutt
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
Wide Awake (1998)
Happiness (1998)
Mercury Rising (1998)
David Searching (1998)
You Are Here (1998)
The Tic Code (1998)
Fool's Gold (1998) - Patricia
Joe the King (1999)
Jackie's Back (1999)
East of A (1999)
Loretta Claiborne Story (2000)
What Planet Are You From? (2000)
The 10th Kingdom (2000)
Jennifer (2001)
A Girl Thing (2001) - Suzanne Nabor
Kiss My Act (2001)
The Laramie Project (2002) - Rebecca Hillicker
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Strong Medicine (2004)
The L Word (2004)
Two and a Half Men (2004)
Higglytown Heroes (2004-2007)
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses (2005)
How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Dark Water (2005)
Elvis (2005) - Gladys Presley
An Unfinished Life (2005) - Nina
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)
Ghost Whisperer (2006-2010) - Delia Banks
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers (2006)
Slipstream (2007)
Hannah Montana (2007)
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009) - Elizabeth Blue
The Pregnancy Pact (2010)
Harry's Law (2011)


  1. ^ Thomas, Bob via Associated Press. "Camryn Mannheim plays 'fairest one of all'", Ocala Star-Banner, February 27, 2000. Accessed July 2, 2011. "Born in Caldwell, N.J., Manheim spent her early years in New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan as her math-professor father changed universities."
  2. ^ Camryn Manheim Biography (1961-)
  3. ^ ABILITY Magazine | Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper
  4. ^ Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women’s event
  5. ^ "NNDB entry". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  6. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  7. ^ Lucy Award, past recipients WIF web site
  8. ^ : Home
  9. ^ Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With Its Sixth Annual Justice Ball
  10. ^ Official website
  11. ^ LLS | Faculty | Karl M. Manheim

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