Whatever became of that young lady that played Blossom in the half-hour sitcom of the same name?
—Richard F., Montana
Mayim Bialik, who was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles, had a hard time convincing her parents that she wanted to be an actress, but after they gave in, Bialik nabbed a role in the 1988 film Beaches. By age 16, she was starring in her own TV show Blossom. "It was a great experience," says Bialik, 29. "Mostly, I remember the relationships I established with the people I worked with. It was a real family unit that functioned very well for five years." When the show ended in 1995, Bialik headed for UCLA, where she got a degree in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, met her husband Michael Stone in math class, and is completing her doctorate in neuroscience. Still, she hopes to get back into acting full time. "Life is about the journey and not the destination," says Bialik, who most recently appeared in a few episodes of the TV show Fat Actress, an independent film called Kalamazoo and an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.