Lynn-Holly Johnson

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Lynn-Holly Johnson
Johnson at the Big Apple Con, November 15, 2008
Born Lynn Holly Johnson
(1958-12-13) December 13, 1958 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Figure skater, actress
Years active 1978–2009
Spouse(s) Kelly Givens (1993–present) 2 children
Children Kellum Givens
Jensie Givens

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[edit]

Johnson was born Lynn Holly Johnson in Chicago, Illinois to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor.[1][2] She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberlee.[citation needed] Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson's name that way.[1]

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 played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 million in the US.[3] 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,[4] 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 The film received a limited release in April 1980, but was soon withdrawn and not given a wider release until October 1981.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 bomb.

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson currently lives in the Los Angeles, California area with her husband and their two children, son Kellen and daughter Jensie.[6] In January 2010, she suffered a stroke brought on by a patent foramen ovale, a heart condition, and subsequently underwent heart surgery.[6][7]


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Ice Castles Alexis Winston
1980 Watcher in the Woods Jan Curtis
1981 For Your Eyes Only Bibi Dahl
1984 Where the Boys Are '84 Laurie Jameson
1985 The Falling Samantha
1986 Angel River Jensie
1987 Alien Predator Samantha Filmed in 1984. Alternative title: The Falling
1988 The Sisterhood Marya Alternative title: Caged Woman
1989 Hyper Space Arias Christensen
1990 Out of Sight, Out of Mind Kathy Jordan Alternative titles: Sight Unseen
Out of Sight, Out of Her Mind
Diggin' Up Business Tesia Papadapacropolis Alternative title: Say Bye-Bye
1993 The Criminal Mind Mrs. Augustine
Year Title Role Notes
1982 CHiPs Ellen Getraer 1 episode
1983 Matt Houston Cindy Gaines 1 episode
Trapper John, M.D. 1 episode
1984 More Than Murder Sandy Television movie
1986 MacGyver Ingrid Bannister 1 episode
1996 Fugitive X: Innocent Target Kara Television movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Thomas, Bob (1979-02-03). "Lynn holly Johnson Comes By Talent Naturally". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ Brady, Shirley (2000-05-15). "Good Skate". People! Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Ice Castles: The Numbers". 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (1979-01-29). "Ice Castles review". Retrieved 2006-03-11. 
  5. ^ Newport Beach Repertory Theater Presents Auditions for 17th Year Production It's a Wonderful Life at the Wayback Machine (archived May 30, 2008)
  6. ^ a b Sharon, Keith (February 7, 2013). "The Bond girl and her very public stroke". OC Register. 
  7. ^ Sharon, Keith (February 7, 2013). "Bond girl gets some new lines". OC Register. 

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