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A Celebration of American actress Lynn-Holly Johnson

By: Anders Frejdh
Lynn-Holly Johnson, Bibi Dahl, For Your Eyes Only
A celebration of the absolutely fabulous and lovely Lynn-Holly Johnson who celebrates her birthday on 13th December. Lynn-Holly played Bibi Dahl in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only starring Roger Moore as Ian Fleming's agent 007.

Lynn-Holly Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1958 to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor. She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberlee. Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson's name that way.

In 1974, Johnson was the United States National Figure Skating Silver Medalist and the National Freestyle Champion. She turned professional in 1977 and joined Ice Capades and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles (1978), where she played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing 18 USD 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.

John Glen, Lynn-Holly Johnson, For Your Eyes Only, Stockholm.jpg
John Glen and Lynn-Holly Johnson in Stockholm 1981 for For Your Eyes Only. Photo from our private collection.

In 1996, Johnson quit acting to concentrate on her family; her last acting role at that time was a made-for-television film, Fugitive X: Innocent Target.

Johnson currently lives in California with her husband, Kelly. In the fall of 2007, she returned to acting in a community theatre production of It's a Wonderful Life.

Finally, and most importantly, she is a spokesperson for American Heart Association, doing speeches, with hopes of trying to save lives. She is also an ambassador for The Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California.

Photo above:
Lynn-Holly Johnson during a visit to Stockholm in 1981 to promote For Your Eyes Only. Photo from our private collection.

For more information about the films that Lynn-Holly Johnson has worked on, check out her profile on IMDB.



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