Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in "Beaches." She has also appeared in Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water," HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and is currently recurring on CBS' The Big Bang Theory as Sheldon's love interest, Amy Farrah Fowler. Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and she received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network, a national non-profit organization dedicating to supporting holistic and green parenting and living. Bialik gave birth to a son in 2005, and a second son (born at home, largely unassisted) in 2008. She is the co-founder and chair of youth branch of the Jewish Free Loan Association, and is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, vegan cooking, and Jewish text study. She lives in Los Angeles and is eagerly awaiting the publicatoin of her new book "Beyond the Sling" about her family's experience with parenting by intuition, to be published in March 2012 by Simon and Schuster.