Kristen Angela Johnston (born September 20, 1967) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes. Since 2018, she stars as recovering addict Tammy Diffendorf in the CBS sitcom Mom.
Johnston at the SAMHSA Special Recognition Award Ceremony in 2014
Kristen Angela Johnston
September 20, 1967
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
Johnston was born in Washington, D.C., but 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 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 and Stage Door, among many others. 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[clarification needed] 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. The role earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
She made her feature film debut in The Debt, winner of Best Short at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. In 1995, she played Kate in the film Backfire! She played Esmeralda, a sea hag in Thrill Ride, a family friendly film released in 2016. 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, Ice Age, 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.
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 was 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 ran for four seasons between November 30, 2011, and September 16, 2015. In 2018, she began a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Mom, and was upgraded to series regular for season 7 (2019–2020).
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 mentioned that at the height of her addiction she drank on average two bottles of wine per evening. 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 and has been crusading for the city to build a recovery high school.
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.
|1985||The Orkly Kid||Unknown||Short film|
|1993||The Debt||Alice Kosnick||Short film|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Ivana Humpalot|
|2000||The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas||Wilma Slaghoople|
|2002||Ice Age||Sylvia (voice)||Deleted scene|
|2002||Austin Powers in Goldmember||Dancer||Uncredited|
|2007||Music and Lyrics||Rhonda|
|2009||Finding Bliss||Irene Fox|
|2012||Vamps||Mrs. Van Helsing|
|2018||For the Love of George||Psychic Sara|
|2018||Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate||Roksana|
|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||Television film|
|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 (1998)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (1997)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (1997)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1997—1999)
|1997||Microscopic Milton||Narrator||Television film|
|2004||Sex and the City||Lexi Featherston||Episode: "Splat!"|
|2004||ER||Head Nurse Eve Peyton||6 episodes|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Coach Divers||Television film|
|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||64 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"|
|2015||Getting On||Marla Pounder||Episode: "Please Partake of a Memorial Orange"|
|2017||Daytime Divas||Anna Crouse||6 episodes|
|2018–present||Mom||Tammy Diffendorf||29 episodes (thru 2019)|
Guest (season 5); Recurring (season 6); Main (season 7)
|1993||The Lights||Rose||Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play|
|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|
|2007–2009||So Help Me God||Lily Darnley||Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play (2007, 2010)|
|2008||The Understudy||Theresea Rebeck|
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- Fehring, Jefferson J. Aikin and Thomas H. (2017-10-16). Historic Whitefish Bay: A Celebration of Architecture and Character. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781467137591.
- Collins, Clark (March 10, 2012). "Kristen Johnston talks about her drug addiction, her life-threatening illness, her recovery, and her new memoir, 'Guts'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- Johnston, Kristen (July 19, 2013). "Turning Addiction Into a Sideshow". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
- Johnston, Kristen (December 17, 2013). "[Untitled]". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
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