Fast Facts

  • Worked at a Renaissance festival for four years as a teen.
  • Learned sign language at community college and worked at hospitals interpreting for patients.
  • Debuted on the New York stage in 1987 in Hydriotaphia.
  • Made big-screen debut in 1990's The Bonfire of the Vanities.
  • Wrote a one-woman off-Broadway show called Wake Up, I'm Fat! in 1994; a book of the same title followed in 1999.
  • An avid human-rights activist.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner

Relationships

  • Sylvia Manheim — Mother
  • Jerome Manheim — Father
  • Milo Jacob — Son
  • Karl Manheim — Brother
  • Gregory Hines — Ex-significant Other

College

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (BFA, 1984); New York University, New York, NY (MFA, 1987)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Debra Frances Manheim
  • Birth Place: Caldwell, NJ
  • Birthday: March 8, 1961, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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