Mayim Bialik is an actress, scientist, and author who is best known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in the hit CBS sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’. As she has enjoyed successful careers in both science and the television industry, she is now a very wealthy woman. It is reported that she has an estimated net worth of $25 million. Here is how Mayim Bialik became so wealthy.
Born in San Diego on December 12, 1975, Mayim Bialik is from a family of Jewish immigrants who originally lived in The Bronx, New York City. In her teens, Mayim wanted to have a career in medicine. Unfortunately, she did not get the grades she needed to study medicine. Instead, she decided to pursue a career in neuroscience. She took a break from her studies to act before returning to UCLA to earn her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2007.
Bialik as a Child Actress
Bialik began her career as an actress when she was still a child. Her first appearance on television was in 1987 when she played Ellie in an episode of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Her first recurring role was in ‘Webster’ between 1988 and 1989 when she played a character called Frieda. In the same year, she made her first film appearance in ‘Beaches’, and also appeared in ‘Pumpkinhead’ in the same year. Throughout the late 1980s, she continues to appear in multiple television series. The role for which Mayim Bialik is best known as a child actress is for playing the titular character Blossom Russo in the children’s television series ‘Blossom’. Her career as a child actress continues throughout the 1990s, during which time she appeared in many series and television films.
Acting as an Adult
One of Bialik’s first major roles when she became an adult actress was in the 1994 Woody Allen comedy film ‘Don’t Drink the Water’. She also continued to make appearances in many television series. Between 1995 and 2005, she took a break away from appearing in front of the camera and focused on doing voiceovers. She provided multiple voices for animations, including the cartoons ‘Kim Possible’, ‘The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, ‘Johnny Bravo’. ‘Hey, Arnold!’, and ‘Recess’. In 2005, she decided to return to appear in front of the camera and landed a role in the film ‘Kalamazoo’. During this period of her life, she also appeared in television series including ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Fat Actress’, ‘Saving Grace’, and ‘The Secret Life of an American Teenager’.
The Big Bang Theory
The role for which Mayim Bialik is no best-known is playing Amy Farrah Fowler in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the hit CBS sitcom. She first joined the cast in season three of the series in September 2010 as a minor recurring character. She was suggested for the role by the actor who plays Raj, as he said she had the right quirky character and knowledge of neuroscience.
In her first appearance, she went on a blind date with Sheldon Cooper after they were classed as a good match by the algorithms of an online dating service. As her character’s relationship with Sheldon Cooper developed, so did the character’s role in the show. By season four, she was a major recurring character, By the end of that season, she was one of the main cast. There are aspects of this character that reflect Mayim Bialik in real life, as the character is also a neuroscientist. She is also not fashionable, and in real-life, Mayim Bialik was nominated to appear in an episode of ‘What Not to Wear’ due to her lack of fashion sense.
For her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler in ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Mayim Bialik was nominated for Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series four consecutive years between 2012 and 2015. Bialik remained a member of the cast until the series ended in 2019. According to IMDb (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0080524/), she appeared in a total of 203 episodes.
A lesser-known fact about Mayim Bialik is that she is also an author and that she has had four books published. Two of these were written in collaboration with Jay Gordon, a pediatrician. The first of these was ‘Beyond the Sling’, which is a book about attachment parenting. They then released ‘Mayim’s Vegan Table’ together, which contains vegan recipes developed by Bialik. On her own, Mayim Bialik wrote a book about the scientific changes in a girl’s body as she develops called ‘Girling Up’. She then released a book on a similar theme about boys called ‘Boying Up’. Something else that people may not know about Bialik is that she has written and directed a film. It is called ‘As Sick As They Made Us’, and it stars Dustin Hoffman, Simon Helberg, and Candice Bergen. It is expected this film will premier in late 2020.
Mayim Bialik’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mayim Bialik has an estimated net worth of $25 million. She has made the majority of this money from her acting career. It is reported that she earned $450 thousand per episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’. As she continues to work as an actress, it is likely that she will become even wealthier in the future.
Her Personal Life
In her personal life, Mayim Bialik was married to Michael Stone from 2003 until 2012. Together, the couple had two children. She then had a long-term relationship but broke up from her unnamed boyfriend in 2018 after they had been together for five years. Generally, Bialik reveals very little about her personal life as she prefers to keep this private. Bialik is a vegan who promotes the ethical treatment of animals, and she is a founding member of the Shanayim V’Aretz Institute. She also describes herself as a feminist.