Camryn Manheim

Manheim in 2018, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Debra Manheim

Place of Birth: West Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 8, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Camryn Manheim is an American actress. Her roles include the series The Practice, Ghost Whisperer, Person of Interest, Stumptown, and Law & Order, the mini-series Elvis (2005), as Gladys Presley; and the films Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Happiness (1998), What Planet Are You From?, Scary Movie 3, Twisted (2004), Dark Water (2005), An Unfinished Life, and Cop Car.

She is the daughter of Sylvia, a teacher, and Jerome Manheim, a mathematics professor. Her son is actor Milo Manheim.

She is five foot ten inches tall.

Camryn’s paternal grandfather was Herman Manheim (the son of Elias E. Manheim and Jennie/Jenny Harris). Herman was born in Tennessee. Elias was a German Jewish immigrant, and was the son of Herman Manheim and Yetta Elias. Jennie was born in Illinois, to German Jewish parents, Jacob Harris and Esther.

Camryn’s paternal grandmother was Camille/Camilla K. Fantl (the daughter of Henry Fantl and Veronika/Fronie/Veronij Lederer). Camille was born in Illinois, to Czech Jewish parents. Veronika was the daughter of Josef/Joseph Lederer, who was born in Slatina, Plzeň Region, and of Anna Singer, who was born in Poříč, Letohrad, Pardubice Region.

Camryn’s maternal grandfather was named Samuel “Sam” Nuchow. Samuel was a Polish Jew. He was an early organizer of the Millinery Workers Union.

Camryn’s maternal grandmother was named Esther/Estelle Liebman. Esther was a Polish Jew.

Sources: Interview with Camryn Manheim –

Genealogy of Camryn Manheim (focusing on her father’s side) –

Camryn’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Camryn’s paternal grandfather, Herman Manheim, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Camryn’s paternal great-grandfather, Elias E. Manheim –

Genealogy of Camryn’s mother –

Camryn’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

21 Responses

  1. taulantcomani says:

    She is very pretty. I remember her in Ghost Whisperer as Melinda’s friend.

  2. andrew says:

    You should report her height as 178 cm too.

    Unlike Americans, most people in the world use the metric system.

    • andrew says:

      and have no idea of what 5’10 means.

      • passingtime85 says:

        I’ve often wondered why those that use the metric system don’t say, in Camryn’s case, 1 meter 7.8 decimeters. Imperial units users never say I’m, again in Camryn’s case, I’m 70 inches tall, we say the feet and inches. I wonder if it’s a question of convenience or a difference in the desire for being more exacting. Just a curiosity I have.

        Other than that, reporting height shouldn’t be added to profiles unless the height happens to be particularly rare. The additions would be too taxing and the cost outweigh the benefits. If added you have to worry about debates as many famous people either embellish their height or the reports are conflicting. Plus there are many other resources that mention height, imdb for one.

        Just to enforce it however, Camryn’s height isn’t particularly note worthy.

        • andrew says:

          Decimeters are not actually used for height

          It’s 1 meter and 78 centimeters or 178 centimeters (written form)

          • passingtime85 says:

            Any particular reason why it isn’t used? Too clunky to say/write? From a technical standpoint, it would not be inaccurate to us.

          • passingtime85 says:

            Whoops, meant use*.

          • madman says:

            If you say the height in centimeters (or in meters and centimeters) you don’t have to add “point something”, which takes more time to say. That’s why.

          • andrew says:


          • passingtime85 says:

            But people do say things like 2.3 meters..The metric system is all ten based, saying the point is practically what the system was made for.. l suppose it doesn’t matter. Was just wondering. Thanks for the input.

          • madman says:

            Yes, but not for human height. Since it’s the centimeters that are of interest to us when discussing our height, it would be pointless to round off to decimeters. If your 2,3 meters example was a height I would say “two and thirty” in my own language.

          • passingtime85 says:

            So Camryn would be “one and seventy eight” when spoken… Alright makes more sense to me than the written form. Sorry I didn’t get that before.

  3. andrew says:

    Her surname is obviously after Mannheim

  4. bablah says:

    ”She is reported to be five foot ten inches tall.”


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