A highly intelligent and striking actress, Mayim Bialik broke out as a child when she perfectly essayed the talented, vain, star-to-be young version of Bette Midler in the hit tearjerker "Beaches" (1988). Subsequently given the opportunity to star as the quirky, socially conscious teen "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95), Bialik led a talented ensemble cast and rapidly became a favorite with teen audiences thanks to her character's unique fashion sense, most memorably her floppy flower hats. The series was most notable for its sensitive portrayal of young women's growing pains and for Bialik's turn as its offbeat lead, an excellent feminist role model. After the series ended, she stepped away from acting to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience before finally returning to Hollywood, marking her comeback with recurring guest spots on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ) and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (ABC Family, 2008- ). Back in the fold once more, Bialik returned full-time to the delight of critics and fans alike as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, the romantic and intellectual equal of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) on "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007- ). Blessed with a maturity and intelligence few could equal in Hollywood, Bialik built an impressive career and exemplary balance of personal, professional and academic accomplishments.