Camryn Manheim (born March 8, 1961) 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, and "Control" on Person of Interest.

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][5] Manheim graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BFA degree in 1984 and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program with an MFA degree in 1987.[6]


Manheim (lower left) on the Spring 2003 cover of Ms. magazine

Manheim worked for a while as a sign language interpreter at hospitals. Her knowledge of sign language was used on The Practice, in an episode of Law & Order, and in her role as a child behavioral psychologist in the movie Mercury Rising.[citation needed] 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 1998, Manheim collected an Emmy for her work on The Practice. 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 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] Her only child, son Milo, was born March 6, 2001, two days before her 40th birthday.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Sudden Impact Girl in elevator Uncredited
1985 Creator Unknown Uncredited
1994 The Road to Wellville Virginia Cranehill
1994 Cracking Up Unknown
1995 Jeffrey Single Woman
1996 Eraser Nurse
1996 Rescuing Desire Pappa
1997 David Searching Gwen
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Toby Walters
1998 Wide Awake Sister Sophia
1998 Mercury Rising Dr. London
1998 Happiness Kristina
1998 You Are Here Registry Woman
1998 The Tic Code Mrs. Swensrut
1998 Fool's Gold Patricia
1999 Joe the King Mrs. Basil
1999 East of A Agatha
2000 What Planet Are You From? Alison
2003 Scary Movie 3 Trooper
2004 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses Tria
2005 Dark Water Teacher
2005 An Unfinished Life Nina
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Lisa Gobar
2005 Snow Wonder Bev
2006 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers Tria
2007 Slipstream Barbara
2009 Just Peck Ms. Wood
2012 Jewtopia Eileen Daniels
2013 The Hot Flashes Roxie Rosales
2014 Fort McCoy Florie
2015 Cop Car Bev


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Leila Episode: "Life Choice"
1993 Law & Order Martha Rollins Episode: "Benevolence"
1994 Law & Order Beatrice Hines Episode: "Nurture"
1994 New York Undercover Lawyer Episode: "Blondes Have More Fun"
1995 ABC Afterschool Special Risa Episode: "Notes for My Daughter"
1995 One Life to Live Rabbi Heller 2 episodes
1995 Deadly Whispers Betty Television movie
1996 Chicago Hope Marge Stewart Episode: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope"
1997–2004 The Practice Ellenor Frutt 164 episodes
1998 Ally McBeal Ellenor Frutt Episode: "The Inmates"
2000 The 10th Kingdom Snow White 2 episodes
2000 Family Guy Voice Episode: "Dammit Janet"
2000 Will & Grace Sue Episode: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed"
2000 Loretta Clairborne Story Janet MacFarland Television movie
2001 Boston Public Ellenor Frutt Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"
2001 Jennifer Nurse Television movie
2001 A Girl Thing Suzanne Nabor Television movie
2001 Kiss My Act Samantha Berger Television movie
2002 The Laramie Project Rebecca Hillicker Television movie
2003 The System Peggy Barker 9 episodes
2004 Strong Medicine June Episode: "Cinderella in Scrubs"
2004 Higglytown Heroes Plumber Hero Episode: "Twinkle Tooth"
2004 The L Word Veronica Bloom 4 episodes
2004 Two and a Half Men Daisy Ray Episode: "A Kosher Slaughter House Out in Fontana"
2005 How I Met Your Mother Ellen Pierce Episode: "Matchmaker"
2005 Elvis Gladys Presley Television movie
2006–2010 Ghost Whisperer Delia Banks 80 episodes
2007 Hannah Montana Margo 2 episodes
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Elizabeth Blue Television movie
2010 The Pregnancy Pact Nurse Daly Television movie
2011–2012 Harry's Law Kim Mendelsohn 5 episodes
2013 Criminal Minds Carla Hines 2 episodes
2013 The Makeover Colleen Television movie
2013–2015 Person of Interest Control 9 episodes
2014 Extant Sam Barton 10 episodes
2015 Hand of God Dr. Langston 2 episodes
2016 Younger Dr. Jane Wray Episode: "Beyond Therapy"


  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-)". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "ABILITY Magazine - Camryn Manheim Interview by Chet Cooper". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Hollywood actress and Ethiopian immigrant raise their voices at women’s event
  5. ^ Rachel Lee Rubin (19 November 2012). Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture. NYU Press. pp. 226–. ISBN 978-0-8147-6385-8.
  6. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  7. ^ Lucy Award, past recipients WIF web site
  8. ^ : Home
  9. ^ Bet Tzedek Raises $300,000 With It’s Sixth Annual Justice Ball Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Camryn Manheim : Actress, Activist, Writer, Producer, Rebel". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Manheim, Karl - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles". Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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