Kristin Bauer van Straten
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 26, 1966
Age: 51
Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality: German
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'7½"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: The Prairie School in Racine
Washington University in St. Louis
Parsons The New School for Design
Talents: Acting
Interests: Play sports
Rode horses
Fired shot guns
Family & Friends
Relationships: Abri Van Straten (husband)
Series Information
Character: Maleficent
First appearance: The Thing You Love Most
Last appearance: Mother

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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Personal life

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.

Acting career

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.


Year Title Type Role
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 Cybill TV Series Kirsten
1995 Galaxis Commander (as Kristin Bauer)
1995 Glory Daze Dina (as Kristin Bauer)
1995 Pointman TV Series Ellie
1995 - 1996 The Crew TV Series Maggie Reynolds
1996 Seinfeld TV Series Gillian
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)
2002 Boomtown TV Series Prostitute
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)
2005 Crazy TV Movie
2004 - 2006 Crossing Jordan TV Series Molly Greene
2006 Desperate Housewives Veronica
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
2014 Teen Lust Mary
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 Happy Anniversary Willa
2018 Hollyweed TV Movie
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.
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