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April 3, 2009

Emmy Award Winning Actress/Human Rights Activist Camryn Manheim To Speak At Farmingdale State

Farmingdale Student Government Continues its Speakers' Series

Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim

Emmy Award Winning Actress Camryn Manheim will be speaking to the campus community on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 in Roosevelt Hall's Little Theatre at 11:00AM. Showtime at the Apollo Host Kiki Shepard will interview Manheim, using questions submitted by the audience. Manheim's appearance is part of Farmingdale Student Government's ongoing student speakers' series. The event is free and open to the public.  Seats are limited and Farmingdale State students will get first priority.

Manheim was born Debra Frances Manheim in West Caldwell, NJ on March 8, 1961. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of California at Santa Cruz in 1984, and continued at New York University to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from NYU in 1987.  In addition, Manheim has extensive education in sign language.

Manheim recently finished shooting three independent feature films: Just Peck, Love Hurts, and Fort McCoy. She is currently heading back for the fifth season of the CBS drama Ghost Whisperer.  Prior to that Manheim spent eight long and wonderful years playing defense attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's Emmy Award winning drama, The Practice.  Her portrayal of the feisty defense attorney garnered her an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and in 1999 she won a Golden Globe Award for her work in the same role.

Last summer Manheim did Romeo and Juliet for Shakepeare in the Park in New York City, as well as the movie of the week Thin Ice, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker.  Her most recent projects include Slipstream which was written and directed by Anthony Hopkins, An Unfinished Life, where she shared the screen with Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, the psychological thriller Dark Water, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, and the soon to be released Behind The Smile with Damon Wayans. Manheim's film credits also include the movies Eraser with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis

In 1999 Manheim fulfilled a life long dream and became a New York Times best selling author.  Her book Wake Up, I'm Fat! was published by Broadway Books.

Manheim has been named "One of the Most Intriguing People of the Year" by PEOPLE magazine, "One of the most Fascinating Women of the Year" by Ladies Home Journal and one of Glamour Magazine's, "Women of the Year." In addition to her acting career, Manheim spends time advocating for many aspects of human rights and women's rights.