Voice for Equality: Camryn Manheim
April 18, 2010
Camryn Manheim is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice and Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer and as Elvis Presley's mother in the 2005 mini-series Elvis. 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 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.
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 (TV series) 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. Learn more here.
On March 15, 2010 Ms. Manheim was announced as a planned participant in an anti-Prop 8 Scavenger Hunt to support The Williams Institute and Marriage Equality:
"You are cordially invited to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On April 18, 2010, join Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Probst, Steven Weber, Anthony LaPaglia, Kathy Najimy, Camryn Manheim, and many other celebrities in an anti-Prop 8 scavenger hunt across Los Angeles, with all proceeds going to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
Come have some fun, mingle with the stars, and support marriage equality and the Williams Institute!
Admission is $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Williams Institute-a non-partisan think tank at the UCLA School of Law dedicated to providing research and education on sexual-orientation issues and the law, and helping to frame the debate on Marriage Equality with facts rather than myths and prejudices.
Celebrities included in the race are Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Probst, Steven Weber, Anthony LaPaglia, Camryn Manheim, Kathy Najimy, Sara Gilbert, Kelli Williams, Rachel Harris, Michael Hitchcock, Tim Bagley, Lisa Loeb, Kyle Gass, Martin Starr, Mike White, Jennifer Elise Cox, Jillian Armanante, Joanna Garcia, and some additional surprise guests." [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Camryn Manheim as a Voice for Equality!