Kristin Bauer van Straten
|Kristin Bauer van Straten|
Kristin Bauer van Straten at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A
|Occupation||Film, television actress|
|Spouse(s)||Abri van Straten (2009-present)|
|Kristin Bauer van Straten’s World|
Kristin Bauer van Straten (born Kristin Neubauer) is an American film and television actress, perhaps best known for her role as vampire Pam in the HBO series True Blood, as Jerry's girlfriend Gillian or "Man-Hands" on Seinfeld, and as sorceress Maleficent in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Personal life 
Van Straten studied fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis as well as in Boston and New York (Parsons The New School for Design) in her youth, but decided to become an actress and moved to Los Angeles, where she has been living since she began acting in 1994. She continues to draw and paint. Her works include commissioned portraits.
On August 1, 2009, van Straten married South African musician Abri van Straten, of the group The Lemmings, at her family’s farm in Wisconsin.
Acting career 
In 1995 she had her first recurring role in a television series, as Maggie Reynolds on The Crew. Other recurring roles are those of Geneva Renault in Total Security, Candy Cooper in That's Life, Rebecca Colfax in Dirty Sexy Money, and Belinda Slypich in Hidden Hills.
Perhaps her best-known film role was in Dancing at the Blue Iguana in 2000. Bauer played a porn star appearing as the featured act at a Los Angeles strip club and performed an extended nude dance. In 2001 she starred in the award winning short film Room 302 and in 2004 she had a minor role in 50 First Dates, starring Adam Sandler. In the animated series Justice League she supplied the voice of the superhero Mera.
She has also made a number of guest appearances in several television shows, including LA Law, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dark Angel, Two and a Half Men, Star Trek: Enterprise, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, and George Lopez.
Van Straten has also been cast in the 2011 fantasy TV Series Once Upon a Time as the evil Maleficent (the wicked fairy godmother, using the name from Disney's Sleeping Beauty), the rival of the Wicked Queen of Snow White.
In 2011 van Straten teamed with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in the fight to free Tony, a 10-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger who has spent every day and night of the last decade at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. She's also worked with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to promote cosmetics that are not tested on animals.
|1994||L.A. Law||Miss English||TV series, 1 episode|
|1994||Columbo||Suzie Endicott||TV series, episode "Undercover"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Mrs. Loomis|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Heather St. Clair||TV series, 1 episode|
|1994||The Cowboy Way||Melba||Film|
|1995||Cybill||Kirsten||TV series, episode "The Curse of Zoey"|
|1995||The Crew||Maggie Reynolds||TV series, unknown episodes|
|1996||Seinfeld||Gillian "Man Hands"||TV series, episode "The Bizarro Jerry"|
|1997||Everybody Loves Raymond||Lisa||TV series, episode "The Car"|
|1997||Men Behaving Badly||Robin||TV series, episode "I Am What I Am"|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Kelly|
|1997||Total Security||Geneva Renault||TV series, 13 episodes|
|1998||My Little Havana||Carmen|
|1998||Fantasy Island||Tamara Stevens||TV series, episode "Estrogen"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Melody Cacaci||TV series, episode "Viagra-Vated Assault"|
|2000||Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||Katy Scott||TV movie|
|2000||Dancing at the Blue Iguana||Nico|
|2000||Dark Angel||Lydia Meyerson||TV series, episode "Pilot"|
|2000–2001||That's Life||Candy Cooper||TV series, 8 episodes|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Stephanie||TV series, episode "Dharma Does Dallas"|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Allie Gallo, Maya Gallo's stepmother and former classmate||
|2001–2003||Justice League||Mera (voice)||
|2002||Boomtown||Prostitute||TV series, episode "Pilot"|
|2002||Hidden Hills||Belinda Slypich||TV series, unknown episodes|
|2003||Two and a Half Men||Laura||TV series, episode "Pilot"|
|2004||Commando Nanny||Lizzie Winter||TV series, unknown episodes|
|2004||50 First Dates||Female Firefighter|
|2004||Living with Lou||Jean|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Portia||TV series, episode "Pilot"|
|2004||Quintuplets||Ms. Kilcoyne||TV series, episode "Teacher's Pet"|
|2004–2006||Crossing Jordan||Molly Greene||
|2005||Life of the Party||Caroline|
|2005||JAG||Megan Ransford||TV series, episode "Automatic for the People"|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Lt. Laneth||TV series, episode "Divergence"|
|2005||Less Than Perfect||Kaye Buchinski||TV series, episode "Casey V. Kronsky"|
|2005||Close to Home||Shannon Cooke||TV series, episode "Suburban Prostitution"|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kenli Johnson||TV series, episode "Secrets and Flies"|
|2005||Boston Legal||Tori Pines||TV series, episode "Ass Fat Jungle"|
|2006||Pink Collar||Eve||TV movie|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Veronica||TV series, 1 episode|
|2006||Cold Case||Paula||TV series, 1 episode|
|2007||George Lopez||Cris Watson||TV series, 1 episode|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Rebecca Colfax||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2007||Bones||Janelle Brown Stinson||TV series, 1 episode|
|2008–present||True Blood||Pam||TV series|
|2008||Emily's Reasons Why Not||Bethany||TV series, 1 episode|
|2009||Private Practice||Susanna||TV series, 1 episode|
|2010–present||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Jack's mom||TV series, 5 episodes|
|2010||Subject: I Love You||Sarah Drake|
|2010||Justified||Shirley Kelso||TV series, episode "Riverbrook"|
|2011-present||Once Upon a Time||Maleficent||TV series, 2 episodes "The Thing You Love Most" "A Land Without Magic|
|2012||The Story of Luke||Cindy|
- "Racine native flying high in Hollywood". The Journal Times.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- Kristin Bauer Becomes a True Blood Regular
- Natalie Abrams. "True Blood's Kristin Bauer Becomes Series Regular". TVGuide.com.
- "Kristin Bauer Takes a Bite out of Animal Cruelty". aldf.org.
- Abby Ellin, "Expanding Efforts to Keep Cosmetics Testing from Animals," The New York Times, 28 December 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Kristin Bauer|
- Kristin Bauer van Straten at the Internet Movie Database
- Kristin Bauer at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Official website