|Kristin Bauer van Straten|
|Birthday:||November 26, 1966|
|Birthplace:||Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Social Networks:|| Twitter|
|Education:|| The Prairie School in Racine|
Washington University in St. Louis
Parsons The New School for Design
|Interests:|| Play sports|
Fired shot guns
|Family & Friends|
|Relationships:||Abri Van Straten (husband)|
|First appearance:||The Thing You Love Most|
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.
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Van Straten was born Kristin Neubauer in Racine, Wisconsin. She is of German descent. 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 an unsuccessful fight to release Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been kept as a roadside attraction at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana since 2000. She has also worked with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to promote cosmetics that are not tested on animals.
|1994||L.A. Law||TV Series||Miss English|
|1994||Columbo||TV Series||Suzie Endicott|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||TV Series||Mrs. Loomis|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||TV Series||Heather St. Clair|
|1995||Galaxis||Commander (as Kristin Bauer)|
|1995||Glory Daze||Dina (as Kristin Bauer)|
|1995 - 1996||The Crew||TV Series||Maggie Reynolds|
|1997||Everybody Loves Raymond||TV Series||Lisa|
|1997||Men Behaving Badly||TV Series||Robin|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Kelly Possenger (as Kristin Bauer)|
|1997||Total Security||TV Series||Geneva Renault|
|1998||Fantasy Island||TV Series||Tamara Stevens|
|1998||Chicago Hope||TV Series||Melody Cacaci|
|1998||My Little Havana||Short||Carmen (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2000||Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye||TV Movie||Katy Scott (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2000||Dancing at the Blue Iguana||Nico (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2000||Dark Angel||TV Series||Lydia Meyerson|
|2000 - 2001||That's Life||TV Series||Candy Cooper|
|2001||Room 302||Short||Karen (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||TV Series||Stephanie|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||TV Series||Allie|
|2001||Hollywood Palms||Kathleen (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2003||Gary the Rat||TV Series|
|2001 - 2003||Justice League||TV Series||Mera / Reporter / Nurse|
|2003||Two and a Half Men||TV Series||Laura|
|2002 - 2003||Hidden Hills||TV Series||Belinda Slypich|
|2004||50 First Dates||Female Firefighter (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2004||Living with Lou||Short||Jean (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||TV Series||Portia|
|2004||Quintuplets||TV Series||Ms. Kilcoyne|
|2004||Commando Nanny||TV Series||Lizzie Winter (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2005||JAG||TV Series||Megan Ransford|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||TV Series||Lt. Laneth|
|2005||Less Than Perfect||TV Series||Kaye Buchinski|
|2005||Close to Home||TV Series||Shannon Cooke|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||TV Series||Kenli Johnson|
|2005||Boston Legal||TV Series||Tori Pines|
|2005||Life of the Party||Caroline (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2004 - 2006||Crossing Jordan||TV Series||Molly Greene|
|2006||Cold Case||TV Series||Paula '04 / '06|
|2006||Pink Collar||TV Movie||Eve (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2007||George Lopez||TV Series||Cris Watson|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||TV Series||Rebecca Colfax|
|2007||Bones||TV Series||Janelle Stinson|
|2008||Emily's Reasons Why Not||TV Mini-Series||Bethany|
|2009||Private Practice||TV Series||Susanna|
|2009||Three Rivers||TV Series||Val O'Leary|
|2009||House Rules||TV Movie||Kathy McAdams (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2010||Justified||TV Series||Shirley Kelso|
|2010||True Blood: Webisodes||TV Series short||Pam|
|2011||Subject: I Love You||Sarah Drake (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2011||The Soup||TV Series||Pam the Intern|
|2012||Gotten||Video short||Mother (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2010 - 2012||True Blood: Jessica's Blog||TV Series||Pam De Beaufort|
|2012||The Story of Luke||Aunt Cindy (as Kristin Bauer)|
|2010 - 2013||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||TV Series||Didi Stone|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||TV Series||Maleficent (voice)|
|2014||Saint George||TV Series||Suzanne Duval|
|2008 - 2014||True Blood||TV Series||Pam De Beaufort|
|2011 - 2015||Once Upon a Time||TV Series||Maleficent|
|2015||Kingmakers||TV Movie||Maeve Vandemeer|
|2016||Nocturnal Animals||Samantha Van Helsing|
|2017||Lore||TV Series documentary||Minnie Otto|
|2018||Chris Pierce: Trouble Man||Video short|
|2018||Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||Video||Killer Frost (voice, as Kristen Bauer van Straten)|
|2018||Sacred Lies||TV Series|
|2018||Rich Boy, Rich Girl||Jessica DeBenedetto|
|2020||Paradise Cove (post-production)||Bree|
|The Boy Behind the Door (post-production)||Ms. Burton|
- Originally read for the role of "Wonder Woman" on Justice League (2001), but was declined in favor of Susan Eisenberg. However, Bruce Timm remembered her and later cast her as "Queen Mera", the wife of Aquaman, for the Justice League (2001) episode, Justice League: The Enemy Below (2001).
- Married Abri Van Straten, a South African singer-songwriter and lead vocalist and guitarist for a South African rock band, "The Lemmings" (August 2009).
- Kristin and Liz Vassey ran a company called "Neurosis to a T(ee)" until 2004, which designed and sold slogan-covered t-shirts for women.
- She and her sister grew up on a farm in Wisconsin.
- Followed her sister into the fine arts field of study. Concentrated on the music courses.