December 31, 1961 |
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Occupation||Actress, producer and writer|
Joanna Johnson (born December 31, 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American actress, writer and producer, best known for her roles as Caroline Spencer Forrester (1987–1990, 2001) and her twin sister, Karen Spencer (1991-1994, 2009, 2011, 2012—) on the CBS daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She's also an executive producer and writer on the ABC Family's drama series The Fosters.
Johnson also created and had been working on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith since 2003. The final episode aired May 2, 2006. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Southern California, with a degree in English literature.
Following the cancellation of Hope and Faith Johnson revealed in an interview with Gabrielle Winkel that she was working on other projects such as writing a comedy for Lifetime called Bad Bridemaids. In addition she has written several episodes of the ABC Family show Make It or Break It, for which she also served as co-executive producer.
Johnson reprised her role on The Bold and the Beautiful from April 28, 2009 to mid November 2009 as Karen Spencer, a role she played from 1991 to 1994, as well as Karen's twin Caroline Spencer from March 23, 1987 to early-July 1990 and again from late-December 2000 to January 5, 2001. Johnson returned to the role as Karen Spencer on July 22, 2011 and since March 28, 2012 she is on recurring status.
After leaving The Bold and The Beautiful, she took a stab at the music industry with her debut album Standing In My Rain (1993). The record was published by Finnish label Sony Music Entertainment (Finland) Oy.
Other behind-the-scenes credits boasted by Johnson are as associate producer on the Peter Berg film, Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz and Jeremy Piven. Johnson also wrote the screenplay, The Shrink Is In, starring Courteney Cox and David Arquette.[dead link]
- "Joanna Johnson Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful". Show Hype.[dead link]
- "‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Star Joanna Johnson Reveals She’s Gay". ABC News. May 15, 2012.
- "Joanna Johnson Comes Out: 'The Bold And The Beautiful' Star Reveals She's A Lesbian". Huffington Post. May 14, 2010.
- Macaluso, Beth Anne (May 15, 2012). "Soap Opera Star Joanna Johnson: I’m Gay". US Weekly.