Lynn-Holly Johnson

Lynn-Holly Johnson

Birth name: Lynn Holly Johnson
Born: December 13, 1958
Age: 59
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Lynn-Holly Johnson (born December 13, 1958) is an American professional ice skater and actress. After achieving some success as a figure skater in the mid-1970s, she began an acting career, including a Golden Globe-nominated role in 1978's Ice Castles.


Early life and career

Johnson was born Lynn Holly Johnson in Chicago, Illinois to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor. She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberlee. Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson's name that way.

Johnson won the silver medal at the novice level of the 1974 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She gave up competitive skating in 1977 to turn professional and join the Ice Capades, and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles, in which she portrayed Alexis "Lexie" Winston, a figure skater who is blinded by a blood clot in her brain. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 million in the US. Johnson, who was described as "an appealing young woman who actually happens to be a good skater who can act" by film critic Roger Ebert, was nominated for a Golden Globe as "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female" for her performance in the film.

Johnson was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Disney horror drama, The Watcher in the Woods. The film received a limited release in April 1980, but was soon withdrawn and not given a wider release until October 1981. Also in 1981, Johnson starred as Bond girl Bibi Dahl in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. In that movie she played yet another ice-skater who attempts to seduce an unwilling and much older James Bond, played by Roger Moore. In 1984, Johnson starred in Where the Boys Are, a remake of the 1960 film of the same name. The film was a critical and box-office failure.

In 1996, Johnson quit acting to concentrate on her family; her last acting role at that time was a made-for-television film, Fugitive X: Innocent Target.

In 2007, she returned to acting in a community theater production of It's a Wonderful Life.

Personal life

Johnson currently lives in the Los Angeles, California area with her husband and their two children, son Kellen and daughter Jensie. In January 2010, she suffered a stroke brought on by a patent foramen ovale, a heart condition, and subsequently underwent heart surgery.


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Ice Castles Alexis "Lexie" Winston
1980 The Watcher in the Woods Jan Curtis
1981 For Your Eyes Only Bibi Dahl
1984 Where the Boys Are '84 Laurie Jameson
1986 Angel River Jensie
1987 Alien Predators Samantha Alternate title: The Falling
1988 The Sisterhood Marya Alternate title: Caged Woman
1989 Hyper Space Arias Christensen Alternate title: Space Rangers
1990 Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kathy Jordan Alternate titles: Sight Unseen
Out of Sight, Out of Her Mind
Diggin' Up Business Tesia Papadapacropolis Alternate title: Say Bye-Bye
1993 The Criminal Mind Mrs. Augustine
Year Title Role Notes
1982 CHiPs Ellen Getraer Episode: "Fallout"
1983 Matt Houston Cindy Gaines Episode: "A Deadly Parlay"
Trapper John, M.D. Dani Piper Episode: "I Only Have Ice for You"
1984 More Than Murder Sandy Television movie
1986 MacGyver Ingrid Bannister Episode: "The Enemy Within"
1987 The Law & Harry McGraw Susan Bishop Episode: "Angela's Secret"
1987 Ohara Becki Dutton Episode: "Hot Rocks"
1996 Fugitive X: Innocent Target Kara Television movie
2009 Tales from Dark Fall Prof. Carlo Episode: "Hit or Miss"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film
1980 Golden Globe Awards Nominated Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress Ice Castles
1985 Golden Raspberry Awards Won Worst Supporting Actress Where the Boys Are '84

[ Source: Wikipedia ]