Former ice-skating champion and Golden Globe-nominated actress Lynn-Holly Johnson, also known as Lynn-Holly Givens, is best recalled for her starring role as figure skater Alexis on the film “Ice Castle” (1978), from which she netted her Golden Globe nomination. She also played Bond girl Bibi Dahl on the Roger Moore “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) and took home a Razzie Award for her work in the remake “Where the Boys Are '84” (1984). Other movie credits include “The Watcher in the Woods” (1980), “Alien Predator” (1987), “The Sisterhood” (1988), “Diggin' Up Business” (1990), “The Criminal Minds” (1993) and “Fugitive X: Innocent Target” (1996, TV), her last screen role to date. A devoted wife and mother of two young kids, Johnson returned to acting after over a decade break by appearing in a 2007 theater production of “It's a Wonderful Life.” She was once voted one of VH1's “100 Greatest Stars.”
Ms. Johnson and his architect-husband Kelly Givens, whom she married in 1993, have two children together. The family currently reside in Newport Beach, California.
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Margaret and Alan Johnson, Lynn Holly Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 13, 1958. She has an older sister, Kimberlee, and a brother, Gregg. Since 1993, Lynn has been married to Kelly Givens, who is an architect. The couple have a daughter and a son named Kellen Dane Givens. After the marriage, Lynn mostly used the name Lynn-Holly Givens.
Bond Girl Bibi Dahl
16-year-old Lynn-Holly Johnson was ranked No. 2 at the novice level of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1974. Three years later, she quit amateur skating in order to join the Ice Capades and became a professional figure skater. Before long, Johnson also started her career as an actress.
The Chicago native made her feature acting debut in 1978's “Ice Castle,” in which she was cast as Alexis Winston, a young girl who dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater but a terrible accident endangers her ambition. Although the movie, a romantic drama co-starring Robbie Benson and helmed by Donald Wrye, was a modest hit, Johnson's performance was well-received by critics and she was garnered a 1980 Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture-Female. Film critic Roger Ebert even described her as “an appealing young woman who actually happens to be a good skater who can act.”
After the promising debut, Johnson starred with Bette Davis and Caroll Baker in the Disney horror/drama “The Watcher in the Woods” (1980), which was nominated for a Saturn for Best International Film, and then assumed the role of Bond girl Bibi Dahl on the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), starring Roger Moore as 007. Recalling, she said, “My character was supposed to have a huge crush on him and it didn't take much acting!”
Johnson segued to the small screen in the following year by having a guest spot in an episode of the popular series “ChiPs” titled “Fallout,” playing Ellen Getraer. She went on to appear in the shows “Matt Houston” and “Trapper John, M.D.” (both 1983), and make her TV-movie bow in 1984's “More Than Murder,” an action/crime starring Stacy Keach as Mike Hammer. It was also in 1984 that Johnson revisited the big screen with “Where the Boys Are '84,” a remake of the 1960 movie of the same name. Costarring with Lisa Hartman and Lorna Luft, Johnson received a 1985 Razzie in the category of Worst Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Laurie Jameson.
In 1986, Johnson starred as Jensie in the independent film “Angel River” (1986), opposite Peter Matthey and John Shea, and after a guest starring role in “MacGyver” (also 1986), she portrayed Samantha 'Sam' in the horror film “Alien Predator” (1987) and Marya in the action/Sci-fi “The Sisterhood” (1988), along side Rebecca Holden and Chuck Wagner. She rounded out the decade by having the important part of Arias Christensen in the Sci-fi/thriller “Hyper Space” (1989), directed by David Huey. Among her costars in the film were Richard Norton and Don Stroud.
A supporting role opposite Susan Blakely and Edward Albert in the independent horror/thriller “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” became Johnson's opening project in 1990. Later that same year, she could be seen as Tesia Papadapacropolis in another independent film, “Diggin' Up Business.” Three years later, Johnson was featured as Mrs. Augustine in director Joseph Vittorie's “The Criminal Minds” (1993). She returned to the small screen in 1996 to play Kara in the action film “Fugitive X: Innocent Target,” but it was her last screen performance since Johnson decided to put acting on the backburner to focus on her family.
In the fall of 2007, Johnson resumed her career by appearing in a community theater production of “It's a Wonderful Life.”
Razzie: Worst Supporting Actress, “Where the Boys Are '84,” 1985