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lynn holly johnson

January 7, 2012 by staff 

lynn holly johnsonlynn holly johnson, Lynn-Holly Johnson born December 13, 1958 is an American professional ice skater and actress. After achieving some success as a figure skater in the mid 1970s, she began an acting career, including a Golden Globe-nominated role in 1978′s Ice Castles.

Johnson was born Lynn Holly Johnson in Chicago, Illinois to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor. She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberle. Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson’s name that way.

Johnson, a professional figure skater, placed second at the novice level of the 1974 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She gave up amateur competitive skating in 1977 to join the Ice Capades, and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles, where she played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 million domestically. Johnson, who was described as “an appealing young woman who actually happens to be a good skater who can act” by film critic Roger Ebert, was nominated for a Golden Globe as “New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Female” for her performance in the film.

Johnson was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Disney horror drama, The Watcher in the Woods. The film received a limited release in April 1980, but was pulled from theatres and not given a wider release until October 1981. Also in 1981, Johnson starred as Bibi Dahl in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. In that movie she played yet another ice-skater who unsuccessfully yet comically attempts to seduce an unwilling and much older James Bond (played by Roger Moore).

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