After receiving an Emmy Award in 1997 for her portrayal of Sally Solomon on "3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN," Kristen Johnston was nominated once again for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998. Her performance in this role has earned her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Award nominations as well.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Milwaukee, Johnston began acting in school and community theater productions. After earning her degree in drama from New York University, she made her professional stage debut with the Atlantic Theater Company, founded by David Mamet. During her long association with the company, she was featured in such productions as "Overruled," "As You Like It," "Girl's Talk," and "Portrait of a Woman," among others. While living in New York, Johnston found non-stop theater work, sometimes performing in three different plays at three different locations in a single evening.
She performed with the Naked Angels Theater Company, as well as New York Stage and Film and Playwrights Horizon. It was her role as a bitter, drunken New Yorker in "The Lights" that not only garnered her a Drama Desk Award nomination, but also brought her to the attention of a Carsey-Werner executive, who recommended her for the role of Sally.
Johnston made her feature film debut in "The Debt," which won Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival. Her television credits include guest appearances on "Chicago Hope," "Heart's Afire," and "The Five Mrs. Buchanan's." Johnston also played opposite Kelsey Grammer in the made-for-television movie "London Suite."
Johnston played the role of Sabina in the Thornton Wilder play "The Skin of our Teeth" at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The role was originated by Tallulah Bankhead on Broadway.
Recent film roles include "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "The Flinstones in Viva Las Vegas."… Expand
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