PROFILE
Name:
Kim Johnston Ulrich
Birth Date:
March 24, 1955
Birth Place:
Ripon, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Passions

Background:

Actress Kim Johnston Ulrich, sometimes credited as Kim Ulrich, first gained attention for her portrayal of Diana McColl on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns,” which she played from 1983 to 1986. She went on to play regular roles on the short lived NBC series “Nightingales” (1989) and the first season of the Mark Harmon NBC show “Reasonable Doubt” (1991). She then landed the role of Ivy Winthrop on the soap opera “Passions” (NBC, 1999-2007; The 101 Network, 2007-2008) and received a Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award nomination in 2005 for her performance. She also had a recurring role in “Supernatural” (2011). In addition, Kim's television credits include guest appearances in hit series like “St. Elsewhere,” “Wings,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Kim has also appeared in a few films, including “Spellcaster” (1992) and “Rumpelstiltskin” (1995).

Currently, Ulrich lives with her family in Los Angeles.


Mother of 2

Childhood and Family:

The daughter of a nurse, Kim Charisse Johnston, who would later be popular as Kim Johnston Ulrich, was born on March 24, 1955, in Ripon, California. On January 3, 1981, she married casting director Robert J. Ulrich. The couple has a son named Cooper and a daughter named Tierney. During her free time, Kim enjoys cooking, gardening and interior decorating.


As The World Turns

Career:

Kim Johnston Ulrich made her feature film debut with an unaccredited role in “Zelig” (1983), a film written and directed by Woody Allen that starred Allen and Mia Farrow. It was not long before she received her first big break on television when she landed the role of Diana McCall on the long running daytime soap “As The World Turns.” She was on the show from 1983 to 1986.

In 1985, Kim made her television movie debut in the NBC suspenseful “Hostage Flight,” starring Ned Beatty, Barbara Bosson and René Enríquez. Two years later, she played Candy in the television movie “Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam” (NBC), which starred Raymond Burr as Perry Mason. From the mid to late 1980s, Kim made guest appearances in a number of television series, including “Remington Steele” (1985), “Hotel” ( 1986), “The A-Team” (1986), “Hunter” (1986), “Our House” (1986 and 1987), “Valerie's Family” (1987), “Sweet Surrender” (1987), “J.J. Starbuck” (1987), “The Charmings” (1987), “St. Elsewhere” (1987), “My Two Dads” (1987 and 1988), “Werewolf” (1988), “The Highwayman” (1988), “Cheers” (1988) and “Monsters” (1989). However, she did not return to series TV as a regular until she was cast as Allyson Yates on the Aaron Spelling dramatic show “Nightingales” (1989). Costars of the series included Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Newman, Susan Walters, Kristy Swanson, Gil Gerard and Roxann Dawson.

Kim was next cast as Mark Harmon's girlfriend, Lila Simon, on the first season of the series “Reasonable Doubt,” which ran on NBC from 1991 to 1993. The early 1990s also saw guest spots in such TV shows as “Mancuso, FBI,” “Midnight Caller,” “Wings,” “Jake and the Fatman,” “The Family Man,” “Dallas,” “Who's the Boss” and “Sisters,” to list just a few. Kim also portrayed Kelly in “The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage” (1990), a television movie version of the original TV sitcom “The Love Boat,” Amy Lorne in the Fox thriller “Blood Ties” (1991), and Karen Richards in NBC’s “A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor” (1994), which starred Hal Holbrook, Barbara Hale and William R. Moses. She then had a supporting role in the film “Spellcaster” (1992), starring Adam Ant, Richard Blade, Gail O'Grady and Bunty Bailey.

A frequent guest of television series, between 1995 and 1999 Kim appeared in episodes of “Renegade,” “Highlander,” “Dazzle,” “High Tide,” “Strange Luck,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Murder One,” “Moloney” (as Lily), “Spy Game,” “Leaving L.A.,” “7th Heaven,” “Any Day Now,” “Smart Guy” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.” She was then cast as the primary protagonist, Shelley Stewart, in the horror film “Rumpelstiltskin” (1995), which starred Max Grodénchik. Directed by Mark Jones, the film was not a success at the box office.

Kim's career gained an important boost in 1999 when she won the role of Ivy Winthrop on the television soap opera “Passions,” from “Days of Our Lives” writer James E. Reilly. She played the role from the soap's premiere episode in July 1999 to its finale in August 2008. In 2005, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award in the category of Irresistible Combination, which she shared with her costar James Hyde. Kim took on limited side jobs during this time but did appear as a guest in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2005) and “Standoff” (2006).

Recently, in 2011, Kim had a recurring role on the popular television series “Supernatural” when she appeared in the episodes “Like a Virgin” (February 4, 2011), “Let It Bleed” (May 20, 2011) and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (May 20, 2011). She also guest starred in an episode of “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” called “A Man Walks Into a Bar...,” and as Kim Cartwright in an episode of “The Mentalist” called “ Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which first aired on April 7, 2011.


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