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Also Known As: Kristen A Johnston Died:
Born: September 20, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United States Profession: actress, waitress, salesgirl

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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,...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad Parents (2013)
2.
 Life Happens (2011)
3.
 Bride Wars (2009)
4.
 Finding Bliss (2009)
5.
 Music and Lyrics (2007)
6.
 Strangers with Candy (2005) Cast
7.
 Ice Age (2002)
8.
 Queen of the Whole Wide World (2001) Herself (Cameo Appearance)
9.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Wilma Slaghoople
10.
 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Ivana Humpalot
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Raised mostly in Whitefish Bay, WI
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Was an exchange student in Sweden and in South America while a teenager
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Made professional stage debut with New York's Atlantic Theater Company
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Worked at Naked Angels Theatre Company and New York Stage and Film
1993:
Made debut in the short film "The Debt"
1993:
Appeared in the off-Broadway production "The Lights"
1994:
Moved to Los Angeles
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)
1997:
Appeared in Peter Hedges' off-Broadway comedy "Baby Anger"
1998:
Cast in the revival of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth"
1999:
Co-starred as Ivana Humpalot in the sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
2000:
Portrayed Wilma in the live-action feature "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"
2001:
Had a leading role in the Broadway revival of "The Women"
2005:
Cast in a recurring role on "ER" (NBC) as Eve Peyton, the nurse manager
2005:
Appeared with Amy Sedaris in "Strangers with Candy"
2007:
Played Drew Barrymore's sister in the comedy "Music & Lyrics"
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
2011:
Co-starred on TV Land sitcom "The Exes"
2012:
Published her memoir <i>Guts</i>
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Whitefish Bay High School: Whitefish Bay , Wisconsin - 1985

Notes

"I was 5 foot 11 1/2 at age 13. I was enormous, a monstrosity, a FREAK. I've always been an outsider."--Johnston in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, June 21, 1996

"I was ready to compromise and take a part as some star's sassy best friend with two sassy lines per show, take my money and get back to New York as soon as possible."

"But somehow I landed on '3rd Rock From the Sun,' with a role I love playing. Now I have the best of both worlds--good money and a great part."--Johnston in DAILY NEWS, February 11, 1996

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David Newsom. Actor. Co-starred on TV series "Homefront".

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