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Kristen Johnston

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She studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City. The School, located in Chelsea, was founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, and teaches the technique “Practical Aesthetics”, which Ms. Johnson uses. She is currently a member of the company at the Atlantic, and sometimes performs in shows during their season.
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IMDb Mini Biography By: Atlantic Student

Kristen Johnston played “Sally Solomon” on the hit television series, “3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996), for which she won two Emmy┬« Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In TV Land’s original sitcom, “The Exes” (2011), Johnston plays “Holly Franklin”, a divorce attorney and landlord to three of her former clients, who happen to share the apartment across the hall from her own.

Johnston was nominated in 2010 for a Drama Desk Award (outstanding lead actress in a play) for her performance as “Lily Darnley” in the hit production of “So Help Me God!”, which ran at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. She is a longtime member of the Atlantic Theater Company. Johnston’s other theater credits include “Love Song” on the West End, “The Women” on Broadway, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Twelfth Night” and “The Skin Of Our Teeth” at the Public Theater in Central Park. Off-Broadway productions include “Baltimore Waltz” and “Aunt Dan and Lemon” and Atlantic’s productions of “The Lights” by Howard Korder at Lincoln Center, which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination (best supporting actress), and “Scarcity” by Lucy Thurber.

Johnston has appeared on numerous TV shows including “ER” (1994), “Ugly Betty” (2006) and “Bored to Death” (2009). She also had a memorable turn as “Lexi Featherstone”, the party girl who falls out of a window on HBO’s “Sex and the City” (1998).

Kristen Johnston made her screen debut in the short film, The Debt (1993), which won a number of awards at international film festivals, including the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Her other film credits include a cameo role in Finding Bliss (2009), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Strangers with Candy (2005), Music and Lyrics (2007) and Bride Wars (2009). Johnston teaches acting, both privately and at NYU (the Atlantic Acting School), and released her first book, “Guts”, for Simon & Schuster. More…

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Wikipedia Profile

Johnston is of English ancestry and was born in Washington, D.C. 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.

Kristen Johnston (born September 20, 1967) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is most famous for her two-time Emmy Award-winning 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.[2] She currently appears as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes.

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 teaches acting at New York University.

She has performed with the Naked Angels Theatre 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 Five 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 the 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.

Since 2009 she has taught acting at NYU. She also mentors local girls from New York City on self-esteem issues.[citation needed] She appears in The Exes, which debuted on TV Land on November 30, 2011, and airs on Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. She recently appeared in Amy Heckerling’s Vamps. More…

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