A comedic powerhouse, statuesque Kristen Johnston broke out as the alien-turned-bombshell Sally Solomon on "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Displaying impeccable timing and fearless comedic i...
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|Played Drew Barrymore's sister in the comedy "Music & Lyrics"|
|Cast in a recurring role on "ER" (NBC) as Eve Peyton, the nurse manager|
|Co-starred on TV Land sitcom "The Exes"|
|TV-movie debut, "Neil Simon's 'London Suite'" (NBC)|
|Raised mostly in Whitefish Bay, WI|
|Appeared with Amy Sedaris in "Strangers with Candy"|
|Portrayed Wilma in the live-action feature "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"|
|Made TV series debut as Sally Solomon on NBC comedy "3rd Rock From the Sun"|
|Was an exchange student in Sweden and in South America while a teenager|
|Cast in the off-Broadway revival of Maurine Dallas Watkins' "So Help Me God!" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|Had a leading role in the Broadway revival of "The Women"|
|Cast in the revival of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth"|
|Worked at Naked Angels Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film|
|Moved to Los Angeles|
|Made professional stage debut with New York's Atlantic Theater Company|
|Appeared in Peter Hedges' off-Broadway comedy "Baby Anger"|
|Published her memoir Guts|
|Appeared in the off-Broadway production "The Lights"|
|Made debut in the short film "The Debt"|
|Co-starred as Ivana Humpalot in the sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"|
|Co-starred opposite Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in the comedy "Bride Wars"|
Born Sept. 20, 1967 in Washington, DC, Kristen Johnston grew up in Wisconsin, but completed exchange student programs in both Sweden and South America. After graduating NYU with a degree in drama, she made the transition to professional actor as a member of David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company, earning a slew of stage credits. Her performance in the off-Broadway play "The Lights" earned her a Best Supporting Actress Drama Desk Award nomination and landed her on the radar of casting agents. After a flurry of TV guest spots, including roles on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "The 5 Mrs. Buchanans" (CBS, 1994-95) and "Hearts Afire" (CBS, 1992-95), Johnston landed her star-making role on "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). The delightfully over-the-top series featured a group of aliens (John Lithgow, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, French Stewart and Johnston) forced to become human as part of an extraterrestrial research mission. Johnston's Sally Solomon was arguably the most interesting of the group: a fearsome warrior who materializes in a bombshell beauty's body.
Making excellent use of her Amazonian stature, husky voice and penchant for physical comedy, the actress charmed critics and fans alike, displaying crackling comedic chemistry with her beta-male boyfriend, Officer Don Orville (Wayne Knight). The series was an instant smash and was showered with awards, with Johnston winning two Best Supporting Actress Emmys as well as four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. A playful, genre-bending smash, "3rd Rock" showcased its cast at their best, and made them instantly recognizable. Making the most of her raised profile, the actress made a fun cameo as the slinky Ivana Humpalot in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), starred as Wilma in the big-screen, live-action prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), and appeared on the cover of Bad Religion's No Substance album.
Johnston next flexed her considerable comedic chops as the acidic Sylvia Fowler in "Stage on Screen: The Women" (PBS, 2002) and lensed perhaps the most memorable guest spot in the history of "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) as aging party girl Lexi Featherston, who falls to her death out of a window in the appropriately titled installment, "Splat!" Continuing to delight in small roles, she played a tough gym teacher in the "Strangers with Candy" (2005) film, recurred on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) as chief nurse Eve Peyton, and essayed Drew Barrymore's protective but wild-at-heart big sister in the Hugh Grant charmer "Music and Lyrics" (2007). Johnston lent her unmistakable pipes to a recurring role as the ultimate alien villainess Warmonga on "Kim Possible" (Disney Channel, 2002-07) and was cast as the outrageous Patsy in a failed-to-launch American adaptation of the British cult classic "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC One, 1992-2004). Continuing to reign as a supreme second, the actress stole scenes in the lackluster "Bride Wars" (2009) as Anne Hathaway's overbearing coworker. Continuing to work on stage and to teach acting at NYU, Johnston recurred on "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010), cracked a mean whip as a dominatrix on "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009- ) and landed a juicy supporting role as the suspicious mom of a man dating a socialite vampire in Amy Heckerling's horror comedy "Vamps" (2011).
By Jonathan Riggs
|Whitefish Bay High School|
|New York University|
|"I was 5 foot 11 1/2 at age 13. I was enormous, a monstrosity, a FREAK. I've always been an outsider." - Johnston quoted in Entertainment Weekly, June 21, 1996|
|In her 2012 memoir Guts, Johnston opened up about her addiction to pain medication and alcohol in the 90s as well as undergoing surgery for a burst ulcer in 2006.|
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