Camryn Manheim is an American actress who has appeared in various films, television shows, and theater roles since 1983. She is known for her roles as Ellenor Frutt on The Practice, Delia Banks on Ghost Whisperer, and Kate Dixon on Law & Order. She has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work and has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards. But what about her personal life? Is Camryn Manheim gay or straight? Here are some facts you need to know.
Camryn Manheim’s Early Life and Career
Camryn Manheim was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, and raised in Peoria, Illinois, by her parents, Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome, a mathematics professor. She developed an interest in acting at an early age and worked at a Renaissance faire during high school. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BFA degree in 1984 and from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA degree in 1987. She also learned sign language and worked as an interpreter and job coach for the deaf.
Camryn Manheim’s breakthrough was her one-woman off-Broadway show, “Wake Up, I’m Fat”, which played in 1994. She adapted the show into a book of the same name, which was published in 1999. The show and the book chronicled her journey from being a victim to a victor of her weight and body image issues. She also won an Obie Award for her portrayal of Gemma in Craig Lucas’ Missing Persons, directed by Michael Mayer.
Camryn Manheim’s film and television career took off in the late 1990s, when she starred as Ellenor Frutt, a feisty defense attorney, on the ABC legal drama The Practice. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance and was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also appeared in films such as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Happiness, What Planet Are You From?, Scary Movie 3, Twisted, Dark Water, An Unfinished Life, and Cop Car. She also played Gladys Presley, the mother of Elvis Presley, in the 2005 miniseries Elvis, for which she received another Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.
Camryn Manheim has also been active in theater, playing the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Greif, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and starring in the Tony-nominated rock musical Spring Awakening on Broadway. She has also guest-starred on several television shows, such as Law & Order, How I Met Your Mother, The L Word, Person of Interest, Extant, Masters of Sex, Younger, and Stumptown.
Camryn Manheim’s Sexuality and Relationships
Camryn Manheim has never been married, but she has a son, Milo Manheim, who was born in 2001. She has never revealed the identity of Milo’s father, but she has said that he is a model and musician who lives in Europe. She has also said that she and Milo’s father are good friends and co-parents, and that Milo visits him regularly.
Camryn Manheim has also never publicly confirmed her sexuality, but she has expressed her support for the LGBTQ+ community and has played several lesbian characters on screen. She played a lesbian activist in the 1995 film Jeffrey, a lesbian lawyer in the 2004 film The 10th Kingdom, and a straight woman who falls in love with a lesbian in the 2006 film Slippery Slope. She also appeared on the Showtime series The L Word, but ironically, she played a straight woman who was mistaken for a lesbian.
In 2005, Camryn Manheim made headlines when she jokingly said that she regretted not being a lesbian. She said that she had 12 earrings in her ear, rode a motorcycle, had a tattoo, and fit the stereotype of a gay woman, but she was actually straight. She said that she had a “crazy college phase” where she wanted to be a lesbian, but it was never meant to be. She also said that she would have had more love in her life if she was gay.
Camryn Manheim’s statement was meant to be humorous, but it also sparked some speculation about her sexuality. Some people wondered if she was bisexual or closeted, while others respected her privacy and choice. Camryn Manheim has never clarified her sexuality since then, but she has said that she is happy and content with her life and her son.
Camryn Manheim’s Activism and Philanthropy
Camryn Manheim is not only an actress, but also an activist and a philanthropist. She has been involved in various causes, such as women’s rights, body positivity, environmentalism, animal rights, and human rights. She has also supported organizations such as Planned Parenthood, PETA.