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Kristen Johnston

Highest Rated:   62% Music and Lyrics (2007)
Lowest Rated:   10% Bride Wars (2009)
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Best known as the husky-voiced, no-nonsense Lt. Sally Solomon on the hit NBC fantasy sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001) -- a role she played, opposite heavyweights John Lithgow and Jane Curtin, for the entire six-year run of the series -- fair-haired Kristen Johnson parlayed her success from that effort into a handful of A-list cinematic releases, beginning in 1999. After 3rd Rock wrapped in spring 2001, Johnston's movie activity crescendoed dramatically, and she became ever-present as a character player in the supporting casts of Hollywood feature films.Born January 20, 1967, in Washington, D.C., Johnston moved with her family to Wisconsin and attended high school in suburban Milwaukee, where prescient classmates voted her "Biggest Ham" and "Most Likely to be a Celebrity." Unusually tall for her age (6 ft. at age 13), with a booming, authoritative voice and an outsized personality, Johnston stood out from the crowd and reportedly struggled with self-doubt as a result; she later termed her height "incredibly distressing." The aspiring actress learned self-acceptance early on, however, as she attended NYU and studied drama there. For almost ten years, Johnston struggled as an up-and-coming actress, holding down assorted jobs and working on Broadway and off-Broadway productions, until an NBC executive noticed her and was instrumental in enlisting her as Sally on 3rd Rock. Johnston doubled this up with a 1998 guest appearance as herself on The Larry Sanders Show, then debuted cinematically the following summer as Ivana Humpalot in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Johnston ascended to higher billing as Wilma Slaghoople, the wife of Fred Flintstone (a role she inherited from Elizabeth Perkins) in the family-friendly, effects-heavy Stone Age comedy The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000).Although 3rd Rock from the Sun, as indicated, ended its original network run in mid-2001, Johnston took a couple of years off, resurfacing in 2003 with a guest appearance on the shortlived courtroom seriocomedy Queens Supreme (produced by Julia Roberts). Johnston followed this up with several additional big-screen turns over the next few years. These included a supporting role in William Tannen's all-star showbiz satire Nobody Knows Anything (2003); the part of Fran -- an envious friend of newly involved Caroleen Feeney -- in Hal Salwen's quirky indie romantic comedy Duane Incarnate; a brief supporting turn as Coach Divers in Paul Dinello's big-screen prequel to the wild television comedy series Strangers with Candy (2005); and Rhonda in Marc Lawrence's romantic comedy Music and Lyrics (2007), co-starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Appearances on The New Adventures of Old Christine and Ugly Betty followed, and in 2009 Johnston began teaching acting classes at New York University. Two years later, she documented her struggles with addiction in her memoir Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster.In addition to Johnston's film work, she acts in theatrical productions. Several of Johnston's higher-profiled stage productions include the Scott Elliott-directed revival of Clare Boothe Luce's play The Women (2001, alongside Rue McClanahan, Cynthia Nixon, and Jennifer Coolidge); the Mark Brokaw-directed 2004 production of Paula Vogel's one-act play The Baltimore Waltz (as Anna); and the 2006 John Crowley-directed production of John Kolvenbach's Love Song (as Joan).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% The Anonymous People
  • Actor
2014
36% Lovesick
  • Katherine
2014
53% Vamps
  • Mrs. Van Helsing
$3.2k 2012
26% L!fe Happens
  • Francesca
2012
No Score Yet Bad Parents
  • Tracy
2012
26% Finding Bliss
  • Irene
2009
10% Bride Wars
  • Deb
$58.7M 2009
62% Music and Lyrics
  • Rhonda Fisher
$50.5M 2007
52% Strangers with Candy
  • Coach Divers
$2M 2005
No Score Yet Duane Incarnate
  • Fran
2004
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything
  • Actor
2003
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Wilma Slaghoople
2000
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Ivana Humpalot
1999
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'London Suite'
  • Grace Chapman
1996
No Score Yet The Orkly Kid
  • Actor
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
86% Getting On
2013-2014
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Exes
2011-2015
  • Holly Brooks
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
35% Kirstie
2013-2014
  • Madison Banks
  • 2014
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Brenda
  • 2014
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Good Afternoon America
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Mistress Florence
  • 2010
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Helen
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
  • Francie
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Eve
  • 2005

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