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Kristen Johnston

Kristen Johnston
Johnston during a PETA event honoring filmmaker Donny Moss, June 2008
Born (1967-09-20) September 20, 1967
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]

Kristen Johnston (born September 20, 1967)[2] is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. She also starred as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Stage 4.3
  • Autobiography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Johnston was born in Washington, D.C.[2] Johnston was raised mostly in Fox Point, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, where she attended St. Eugene's Catholic Grade School and Whitefish Bay High School. She spent some of her teen years in Sweden and in South America. She earned a B.F.A. degree in drama at New York University.


Johnston made her professional stage debut with New York's Atlantic Theater Company, which was founded by playwright David Mamet. During her association with that company, she appeared in such productions as As You Like It, Girl's Talk, Stage Door, Author's Voice, Portrait of a Woman and Rosemary for Remembrance.

She has performed with the Naked Angels Theater Company in The Stand-In and Hot Keys, and with New York Stage and Film in Kim's Sister, with David Strathairn and Jane Adams. For her performance in The Lights at Lincoln Center Theater, Johnston was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Best Supporting Actress. The show brought her to the attention of a Carsey-Werner television executive. After numerous auditions in 1996 for the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun, she won the role of Sally Solomon. She starred in the series from 1996 to 2001 along with John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the role earned her two Emmy Awards for best supporting actress in a comedy series.

Johnston made her feature film debut in The Debt, winner of Best Short at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. In 1995, she played Kate in Backfire! Other television credits include guest-starring roles on the series Chicago Hope, Hearts Afire, and The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. She was also the narrator in Microscopic Milton on the Disney Channel. Her significant roles in commercially successful movies included Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999, Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002 and Music and Lyrics in 2007.

In 1998 she was a spokesmodel for the Clairol company, as well as appearing on Bad Religion's No Substance album cover.[3]

Johnston appeared in the sixth and final season of Sex and the City. In the episode entitled "Splat!", her character, Lexi Featherston, an aging party girl, accidentally falls out of a window and dies (after saying, "I'm so bored I could die."), prompting Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) to re-examine her life. In 2005 Johnston featured in six episodes of NBC's ER. She was cast as Patsy in a proposed American remake of the British TV show Absolutely Fabulous, but the series was never picked up by a network. She appeared in a recurring role in the 2009 season of Ugly Betty and had a single episode appearance as a dominatrix in the second season opener of Bored to Death.

She starred in the TV Land sitcom The Exes, which debuted November 30, 2011 and ended September 16, 2015.


Her father is former Wisconsin Republican state senator Rod Johnston.

In her autobiography, Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, Johnston discusses an addiction to alcohol and pills that began when she was in high school. She stated in the 2012 book that she had been sober for five years. Through her charity SLAM, NYC (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation), she mentors high school girls from New York City with addiction and self-esteem issues[4] and has been crusading for the city to build a recovery high school.[5]

Johnston said she was diagnosed in November 2013 with lupus myelitis, which caused her to miss filming for some episodes of her series The Exes. A character played by Leah Remini was introduced in season three to cover Johnston's absence.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Orkly Kid Unknown short film
1992 Amazonia Unknown short film
1993 The Debt Alice Kosnick short film
1995 Backfire! Kate
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Ivana Humpalot
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Wilma Slaghoople
2002 Ice Age Sylvia voice only
(scenes deleted)
Austin Powers in Goldmember Dancer uncredited
2007 Music and Lyrics Rhonda
2009 Bride Wars Deb
2009 Finding Bliss Irene Fox
2011 Life Happens Francesca
2012 Vamps Mrs. Van Helsing
2012 Bad Parents Tracy
2014 Lovesick Katherine


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Chicago Hope Dr. Wendy Smythe Episode: "Genevieve and Fat Boy"
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Zena Episode: "Bad News Bert: There's Peanuts in the Peanut Butter"
1995 Hearts Afire Margot Episode: "John and Georgie's Not-So-Excellent Adventure"
1996 London Suite Grace Chapman TV movie
1996—2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Sally Solomon 139 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1997, 1999)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1997—1999)
1997 Microscopic Milton Narrator TV movie
2004 Sex and the City Lexi Featherston Episode: "Splat!"
2004 ER Dr. Eve Peyton 6 episodes
2005 Strangers with Candy Coach Divers TV movie
2007 Kim Possible Warmonga 3 episodes
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Francie Episode: "Too Close for Christine"
2009—2010 Ugly Betty Helen 3 episodes
2010 Bored to Death Mistress Florence Episode: "Escape from the Dungeon!"
2011—2015 The Exes Holly Franklin 52 episodes
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself 2 episodes
2014 Kirstie Waitress Maddie Episode: "Maddie vs. Maddie"
2014 Modern Family Brenda Episode: "Strangers in the Night"


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Lights Rose Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
2001—2002 The Women Sylvia
2004 Aunt Dan and Lemon Aunt Dan
2004 The Baltimore Waltz Anna
2004 Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice
2004 The Skin of Our Teeth Sabina
2007 Scarcity Martha
2006—2007 Love Song Unknown
2007—2009 So Help Me God Lily Darnley Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (2007, 2010)
2008 The Understudy Theresea Rebeck


  • 2012: Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster., Gallery Books, ISBN 978-1451635065[8]


  1. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (January 19, 2009). "'"Bride Wars' Kristen Johnston: 'I Was Way Too Thin.  
  2. ^ a b "Kristen Johnston: Biography".  
  3. ^ "Kristen Johnston IMDb biography, ibid". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  4. ^ Collins, Clark (March 10, 2012). "'"Kristen Johnston talks about her drug addiction, her life-threatening illness, her recovery, and her new memoir, 'Guts.  
  5. ^ Johnston, Kristen (July 19, 2013). "Turning Addiction Into a Sideshow". New York Times]]. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Kristen (December 17, 2013). "[Untitled]".  
  7. ^ Blumm, K. C. (December 18, 2013). "Kristen Johnston Diagnosed with Lupus Myelitis".  
  8. ^ Hoffman, Bill (March 7, 2002). I'm a pill popping lush:' Emmy-winning actress Kristen Johnston confesses drug and alcohol addictions in tell-all memoir"'".  

External links

  • Kristen Johnston at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Kristen Johnston at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kristen Johnston official website
  • 2006 Interview with Johnston on
  • interviewDownstage CenterKristen Johnston American Theatre Wing, October 2007
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