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Emmy Award-winning Actor Camryn Manheim to Speak at CSULB College of the Arts Commencment Ceremony May 29 at 9am

LONG BEACH, CA  (May 2009)    The College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach celebrates the graduation of its 2009 class with commencement exercises beginning at 9am on Friday, May 29. The ceremony, along with CSULB's other eight graduation ceremonies, takes place in the central quad of the CSULB campus, located to the northeast of the University Library. Camryn Manheim, an Emmy Award-winning actor and author with extensive credits in film, television and stage work, will deliver the commencement address to the graduating students.

Manheim recently finished shooting three independent feature films and is headed back this fall for season five of the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer." Prior to that, Camryn spent eight years playing defense attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's Emmy Award winning drama, "The Practice." Her portrayal of the feisty defense attorney garnered her both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. In 2006, Camryn was nominated once again for an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Gladys Presley in the CBS miniseries Elvis.

Last summer Camryn was the nurse in Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Park in New York City, and worked with Tom Selleck in the TV movie, Thin Ice. Her most recent projects include An Unfinished Life, with Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, Dark Water, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, and the soon to be released Behind The Smile with Damon Wayans. Her other film and television credits include "The L Word,"Scary Movie 3, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Happiness,  The Laramie Project, The Road to Wellville, "Two and a Half Men," "Will and Grace," "Ally McBeal," "How I Met Your Mother," and The Tenth Kingdom. In 1999 Camryn fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a New York Times bestselling author, with the publication of Wake Up, I'm Fat! by Broadway Books. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Masters of Fine Arts degree at New York University.  She has taught and guest lectured all over the United States, and was named one of the "Most Intriguing People of the Year"by People magazine, one of the "Most Fascinating Women of the Year" by Ladies Home Journal, and one of Glamour's "Women of the Year."

For more information regarding CSULB Commencement ceremonies, visit http://www.csulb.edu.