Kristen Johnston

Actress, Waitress, Salesgirl
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 instincts, the ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1967 in United States

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Exes 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Parents 2014 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Kirstie 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nobody Knows Anything 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Anonymous People 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Happens 2012 (Movie)

Francesca (Actor)

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Van Helsing (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bored to Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finding Bliss 2010 (Movie)

Irene Fox (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bride Wars 2009 (Movie)

Deb (Actor)

Music and Lyrics 2007 (Movie)

Rhonda (Actor)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

Coach Divers (Actor)

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Queens Supreme 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Women 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Equality Rocks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Kathy Najimy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen of the Whole Wide World 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

Wilma Slaghoople (Actor)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Ivana Humpalot (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Five Mrs. Buchanans 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 instincts, the husky-voiced Johnston won two Best Supporting Actress Emmys. She made a fun cameo as Ivana Humpalot in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), starred as the young Wilma in the live-action prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000) and dazzled as the bitchy Sylvia Fowler in a filmed stage production of "The Women" (PBS, 2002). Her subsequent big-screen supporting turns included colorful roles as a gym teacher in "Strangers with Candy" (2005), Drew Barrymore's protective big sister in "Music and Lyrics" (2007), and Anne Hathaway's bullying coworker in "Bride Wars" (2009). On television, notched a dark comic guest spot on "Sex and the City" (HB0, 1998-2004) as a bad girl who exits a fancy party by tumbling to her death out a window. Although her American remake of "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC One, 1992-2004) failed to launch, Johnston resurfaced in Amy Heckerling's horror comedy "Vamps" (2011). Displaying a go-for-broke comic gusto that matched her force-of-nature physicality, Kristen Johnston always proved a fascinating addition to any project in which she appeared, leaving fans with the hopes she would once again find a breakout role suitable to her talents.

Relationships

David Newsom Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

Whitefish Bay High School

Whitefish Bay , Wisconsin 1985

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Published her memoir Guts

2011

Co-starred on TV Land sitcom "The Exes"

2009

Co-starred opposite Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in the comedy "Bride Wars"

2009

Cast in the off-Broadway revival of Maurine Dallas Watkins' "So Help Me God!" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

2007

Played Drew Barrymore's sister in the comedy "Music & Lyrics"

2005

Appeared with Amy Sedaris in "Strangers with Candy"

2005

Cast in a recurring role on "ER" (NBC) as Eve Peyton, the nurse manager

2001

Had a leading role in the Broadway revival of "The Women"

2000

Portrayed Wilma in the live-action feature "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"

1999

Co-starred as Ivana Humpalot in the sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

1998

Cast in the revival of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth"

1997

Appeared in Peter Hedges' off-Broadway comedy "Baby Anger"

1996

Made TV series debut as Sally Solomon on NBC comedy "3rd Rock From the Sun"

1996

TV-movie debut, "Neil Simon's 'London Suite'" (NBC)

1994

Moved to Los Angeles

1993

Appeared in the off-Broadway production "The Lights"

1993

Made debut in the short film "The Debt"

Raised mostly in Whitefish Bay, WI

Was an exchange student in Sweden and in South America while a teenager

Worked at Naked Angels Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film

Made professional stage debut with New York's Atlantic Theater Company

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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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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