3rd Rock from the Sun
Kristen Johnston
Johnston at the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards


Kristen Angela Johnston
September 20, 1967 (age 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.



Years Active


Kristen Johnston played Sally Solomon through the shows six season run.


Johnston was born in Washington, D.C. Johnston was raised mostly in Fox Point, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, where she attended St. Eugene's Catholic Grade School and Whitefish Bay High School. She spent some of her teen years in Sweden and in South America. She earned a B.F.A. degree in drama at New York University.

In her autobiography, Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, Johnston discusses an addiction to alcohol and pills that began when she was in high school. She stated in the 2012 book that she had been sober for five years. Through her charity SLAM, NYC (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation), she mentors high school girls from New York City with addiction and self-esteem issues and has been crusading for the city to build a recovery high school.

Johnston said she was diagnosed in November 2013 with lupus myelitis, which caused her to miss filming for some episodes of her series The Exes. A character played by Leah Remini was introduced in season three to cover Johnston's absence.


Below is a selected filmography. For a full filmography click here


  • 1999 - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - (Ivana Humpalot)
  • 2000 -The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas - (Wilma Slaghoople/Flintstone)
  • 2009 - Bride Wars - (Deb)
  • 2012 - Bad Parents - (Tracy)


  • 1996-2001 - 3rd Rock from the Sun - (Sally Solomon)
  • 2004 - ER - (Dr. Eve Peyton)
  • 2004 - Sex and the City - (Lexi Featherston)
  • 2011–present - The Exes - (Holly Franklin)
  • 2013 - RuPaul's Drag Race - (Herself)
  • 2014 - Kirstie - (Waitress Maddie)
  • 2019-present - Mom - (Tammy Diffendorf)

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