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One of her ancestors is the famed poet Chaim Nachman Bialik, but she is not related to Wall Street Journal online columnist Carl Bialik.

Plays piano, trumpet and bass guitar.

Adopted a whale, a wolf and a manatee.

On a break from her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA (2005).

Gave birth to her first child, a boy. (October 11, 2005)

Her grandparents were European refugees from the Holocaust, immigrating from Poland and Czechoslovakia/Hungary. Bialik was raised in the Reform Jewish religion.

Contrary to popular belief, did not do her own singing for the role of young C.C. Bloom in "Beaches." Although Mayim can sing, Bette Midler decided she wanted to feature a singer who sounded more like she herself did at age eleven, and another singer was substituted.

Was good friends with the late Bill Bixby. As he went public with his illness, he directed her sitcom, "Blossom" (1991), and continued working up until his death on 21 November 1993.

Her first name means "water" in Hebrew.

Is an accomplished dancer. She and "Blossom" (1991) co-star, Jenna von Oÿ took lessons in between breaks in the filming season.

Played the recurring role of a lesbian on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in what is deemed part of her "comeback" to acting after years of college studies and motherhood.

Was accepted to both Harvard and Yale, but turned them down to attend UCLA.

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