Kristin Bauer van Straten
|Kristin Bauer van Straten|
Bauer van Straten at the 2012 Toulouse Game Show
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Abri van Straten|
Kristin Bauer van Straten is an American film and television actress, perhaps best known for her roles as vampire Pamela Swynford De Beaufort on the HBO television series True Blood, Jerry's girlfriend Gillian on Seinfeld, and as sorceress Maleficent in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Van Straten was born in Racine, Wisconsin. During childhood, she played sports, rode horses, and fired shot guns. She graduated from The Prairie School in Racine. 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. Van Straten carries out conservation work to improve the treatment of animals.
In 1995, van Straten had her first regular role in a television series, as Maggie Reynolds on The Crew. Other recurring roles include 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. Van Straten 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 the film 50 First Dates, which starred 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. She famously appeared in a Seinfeld episode (The Bizarro Jerry) as Gillian, Jerry's girlfriend with "man hands".
From 2008 to its conclusion in 2014, van Straten played the vampire Pamela Swynford De Beaufort on the HBO fantasy drama series True Blood. On December 8, 2009, TV Guide confirmed she had been promoted from recurring status to a series regular. In 2011, van Straten was cast in the fantasy television series Once Upon a Time as the evil fairy Maleficent (the wicked fairy godmother, using the name from Disney's Sleeping Beauty), the rival of the Evil 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 has also worked with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to promote cosmetics that are not tested on animals.
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Kelly|
|1998||My Little Havana||Carmen||Short film|
|2000||Dancing at the Blue Iguana||Nico|
|2001||Room 302||Karen||Short film|
|2004||50 First Dates||Female Firefighter|
|2004||Living with Lou||Jean||Short film|
|2005||Life of the Party||Caroline|
|2011||Subject: I Love You||Sarah Drake|
|2012||The Story of Luke||Cindy|
|1994||L.A. Law||Miss English||Episode: "McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey"|
|1994||Columbo||Suzie Endicott||Episode: "Undercover"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Mrs. Loomis||Episode: "The Prankster"|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Heather St. Clair||Episode: "Red Flag"|
|1995||Cybill||Kirsten||Episode: "The Curse of Zoey"|
|1995||Pointman||Ellie||Episodes: "That's Amore", "Father Connie" and "Business and Pleasure"|
|1995–96||The Crew||Maggie Reynolds||Main role (21 episodes)|
|1996||Seinfeld||Gillian||Episode: "The Bizarro Jerry"|
|1997||Everybody Loves Raymond||Lisa||Episode: "The Car"|
|1997||Men Behaving Badly||Robin||Episode: "I Am What I Am"|
|1997||Total Security||Geneva Renault||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1998||Fantasy Island||Tamara Stevens||Episode: "Estrogen"|
|1998||Chicago Hope||Melody Cacaci||Episode: "Viagra-Vated Assault"|
|2000||Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||Katy Scott||TV film|
|2000||Dark Angel||Lydia Meyerson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2000–01||That's Life||Candy Cooper||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Stephanie||Episode: "Dharma Does Dallas"|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Allie||Episodes: "At Long Last Allie" and "Finch in the Dogg House"|
|2001||Justice League||Mera / Various (voice)||Episode: "The Enemy Below: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2002||Hidden Hills||Belinda Slypich||Recurring role (10 episodes)|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Unknown (voice)||Episode: "Manrattan"|
|2003||Two and a Half Men||Laura||Episodes: "Pilot" and "Most Chicks Won't Eat Veal: Original Pilot"|
|2003||Justice League||Mera (voice)||Episode: "The Terror Beyond: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Portia||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||Commando Nanny||Lizzie Winter||TV series|
|2004||Quintuplets||Ms. Kilcoyne||Episode: "Teacher's Pet"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Molly Greene||Episode: "Fire in the Sky"|
|2005||JAG||Megan Ransford||Episode: "Automatic for the People"|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Lt. Laneth||Episode: "Divergence"|
|2005||Less than Perfect||Kaye Buchinski||Episode: "Casey V. Kronsky"|
|2005||Close to Home||Shannon Cooke||Episode: "Suburban Prostitution"|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kenli Johnson||Episode: "Secrets & Flies"|
|2005||Boston Legal||Tori Pines||Episode: "The Ass Fat Jungle"|
|2006||Pink Collar||Eve||TV film|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Molly Greene||Episode: "Death Toll"|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Veronica||Episode: "Could I Leave You?"|
|2006||Cold Case||Paula '04/'06||Episode: "The War at Home"|
|2007||George Lopez||Cris Watson||Episode: "George Joins the Neighborhood Wha-tcha and Raises the Vigil-ante"|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Rebecca Colfax||Episodes: "The Lions" and "The Italian Banker"|
|2007||Bones||Janelle Stinson||Episode: "Boy in the Time Capsule"|
|2008||Emily's Reasons Why Not||Bethany||Episode: "Why Not to Cheat on Your Best Friend"|
|2008–14||True Blood||Pamela Swynford De Beaufort||Recurring role, season 1-2; Main role, season 3-7 (59 episodes)|
|2009||House Rules||Kathy McAdams||TV film|
|2009||Private Practice||Susanna||Episode: "Pushing the Limits"|
|2009||Three Rivers||Val O'Leary||Episode: "Where We Lie"|
|2010||Justified||Shirley Kelso||Episode: "Riverbrook"|
|2010||A Drop of True Blood||Pamela Swynford De Beaufort||Episode: "Eric & Pam"|
|2010–13||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Didi Stone||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2011||The Soup||Pam the Intern||Episode: "8.25"|
|2011–2015||Once Upon a Time||Maleficent||Season 1 (2 episodes) and season 4 (8 episodes)|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||Maleficent (voice)||Episode: "Forget Me Not"|
- "Racine native flying high in Hollywood". The Journal Times.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- Won, Christine (August 1, 2009). "From TV screen to Racine streets". The Journal Times.com.
- "Kristin Bauer Becomes a True Blood Regular". Dread Central.
- Natalie Abrams. "True Blood's Kristin Bauer Becomes Series Regular". TVGuide.com.
- "Kristin Bauer Gets Once Upon a Time". KristinBauer.net.
- Abrams, Natalie (November 19, 2014). "Once Upon a Time casts Alias vet Merrin Dungey". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- "Kristin Bauer Takes a Bite out of Animal Cruelty". aldf.org.
- "Expanding Efforts to Keep Cosmetics Testing from Animals". The New York Times. December 28, 2011.
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