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Old 04-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default WHATEVER HAPPENED TO: Lynn-Holly Johnson

http://talkingmoviezzz.blogspot.com/...ynn-holly.html

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO: LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON

Lynn-Holly Johnson was an actress whose career got off to a great start. With almost twenty years in the business, she appeared in less than twenty films and TV episodes, yet some of those films are still remembered today.

Born in 1958, she got her start in ice skating. In 1974, she placed second in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. This led to her joining the Ice Capades and her first film role...1978’s ICE CASTLES. In this film she played a blind ice skater who falls for Robby Benson.

ICE CASTLES is a film that today is best known for its Marvin Hamlisch/ Melissa Manchester theme song “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love”. (And I apologize if I've now got that song stuck in your head. I've had it in mine since beginning to write this.)

In reading about this, one surprising bit of trivia I read had Lynn-Holly walking off the set when she refused to do a nude scene. I think she made the right choice as this has become something of a PG rated romance classic and such a scene would have been inappropriate.

Her next film would be the troubled Disney production THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS. This was a horror film, with Bette Davis, that was released to theatres, withdrawn, and then rereleased with a different ending.

The next year had her appearing in 1981’s FOR YOUR EYES ONLY , still my favorite Bond film. Lynn played a wannabe Bond girl that Bond rejects. She was able to skate again in the film.

There was a lot of TV work, episodes of CHiPS, MATT HOUSTON and TRAPPER JOHN M.D. before her next film, WHERE THE BOYS ARE ’84, an R-rated attempt to recreate the Beach Party films of the 1960’s. She starred with Lorna Luft and Lisa Hartman. The film was not a success.

By the late 80’s, her name was still popular enough that she was prominently billed on the movie posters of such little seen films as ALIEN PREDATOR, THE SISTERHOOD and HYPER SPACE. She acted occasionally in the 1990’s in films that didn’t see much if any release.

SO, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO HER?

Lynn-Holly was married in 1993. This coincided with her break from acting.

She has two kids.

In recent years, she has appeared at autograph conventions and done some community theatre.

Lynn-Holly is a case of someone who may have just accidentally become an actress. She was just an ice skater who got a great role. This led to more work. Maybe somewhere along the line, she just decided it wasn't for her, and she left the business.
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I was at the Giant Eagle store and I spotted Ice Castles in the DVD section. I was almost going to buy it but to my horror is was a re-make.
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I had no idea that movie had even been remade until a year or so after it was released - and I found out totally by a fluke. To me, Lynn-Holly WAS Ice Castles. She was a terrific skater who was also a pretty good actress. She seems to be happy and content these days, retired from show biz and raising her family.
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I had a crush on her back in the day from seeing her in For Your Eyes Only, and Watcher In The Woods.
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She was a very pretty girl. I too wondered what happened to her. If she had been born years earlier she could have become another Sonia Hennie.(who was an actress/Olympic skater back in the 30's)her movies revolved around her skating. But in the 70's those types of films were long past. Lynn is much prettier.
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For Your Eyes Only and The Watcher in the Woods are both great movies!
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I found another interview with Lynn-Holly, from 2003:

http://www.vaildaily.com/apps/pbcs.d...2/AE/311220601

Rejected by Bond

The amorous Bond isn't known for turning down a romp in the sack - but Johnson was one temptress whose charms didn't work for him.

She co-starred as the baby-doll Bibi Dahl in 1981's For Your Eyes Only, playing an Olympic hopeful ice skater sponsored by Kristatos, a Russian agent trying to take possession of a fleet of nuclear submarines.

"I was 21," Johnson said, "but I played it younger...I was this little nymphette with a very innocent exterior."

Bibi Dahl betrays her villainous sugar daddy by developing a crush on Moore's Bond - who thinks she's stunning, but a bit too young. "Put your clothes on and I'll buy you ice cream," he tells her.

"I have the dubious distinction of being the only Bond girl to be turned down by James Bond," Johnson, now 44, says with a laugh. "It's a riot to have that title."

Johnson was a professional ice skater whose first acting role was in the 1978 romance Ice Castles, opposite Robby Benson.

She also appeared in The Watcher in the Woods and Where the Boys Are '84, but her career waned in the 1990s and she gave up acting and skating to raise a family. Now married to a real-estate developer, Johnson lives in Orange County with her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, who are big fans of her old work.

"They watch Ice Castles, but they call it "The Mom Movie,'" Johnson said.

For Your Eyes Only will have to wait until the tikes get older. "It's hard enough for them to watch me kissing Robby Benson," she said.
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Lynn was also in the super cheesy 80's horror-scifi Alien Predator alongside Dennis Christoper(Breaking Away)...Like I said super cheesy, also pretty gory...but Lynn, Dennis, and Martin Hewitt had a nice bit of chemistry as 3 friends traveling Spain.

Netflix has it on Instant Play under it's aka The Falling.

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Here's an even more recent interview with Lynn-Holly, from 2009:

http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

Lynn-Holly Johnson reflects on skating, acting and life

Offers words of encouragement for Ice Castles remake

By Lois Elfman, special to icenetwork.com

(04/09/2009) - Last week, choreographer David Wilson set up a special telephone conversation for Taylor Firth, star of Ice Castles, which is currently filming in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He arranged for Firth to speak with Lynn-Holly Johnson Givens, star of the original 1978 film that achieved cult classic status.

"It reminded me I was really young, because this girl is really young," joked Givens. "I forgot how young I was when I did this.

"I tried to make it clear to Taylor she needs to remember that she was chosen to do this role because they knew she could do it. She's a competitor, and she has the discipline. In the rest of my acting career, that discipline I carried from years of training and working hard carried me through."

When Givens was cast as Lexie at the age of 19, she possessed a great combination of skating and acting skills. She'd first taken to the ice at the age of 4½ in her hometown of Chicago, but, until she became a serious competitor in her early teens, she combined skating with modeling and acting. At the age of 8 she was Chicago's busiest model and at 12 she played Helen Keller on stage opposite Rita Moreno for 10 weeks of sold out performances at a theater in Chicago.

In her eighth grade yearbook there was a caption that read, "Ten years from now Lynn Johnson will be starring in a movie about ice skating and she'll also be playing the flute in the movie." She said the flute part never came to be, but the rest was pretty accurate, although it only took about six years.

In 1974, she placed second in novice ladies at the U.S. Championships and won the free skate, but an injury kept her off the ice for the next year. She moved to Los Angeles to train with John Nicks and Gary Visconti, but she was unsuccessful in qualifying for nationals. So, in 1977, she decided to join Ice Capades, where she had two solos and a pair routine with David Kirby, the son of her first coaches, Michael and Norah Kirby. Halfway through that first season on tour, she auditioned for Ice Castles and won the role of Alexis "Lexie" Winston.

"I didn't have too long of a stint in the show, but I enjoyed it thoroughly," she said. "I want to know where all the costumes went."

After Ice Castles, Givens dove headlong into film and television work, including being a Bond girl in the film For Your Eyes Only. She's still invited to James Bond movie premieres and the occasional Bond nostalgia event.

There's one fact often omitted from her resume that she's quick to share. "I married George Clooney on a television series," she said. "I can't even remember the name of the series, but I love telling people that because it's just the biggest crack-up. I walked down the aisle and we kissed. I had the gown. Talk about hanging onto costumes, that's one dress I wish I'd hung onto."

In 1993, Givens walked down the aisle for real when she married Kelly Givens. She continued to act for a few more years, but ultimately put it on the back burner to become mother to son Kellen Dane, 11, and daughter Jensie, 8, named after a character she'd played in a movie that did well in Europe but "was too sweet for this country." Both names reflect Givens' Scandinavian heritage. Her grandfather was named Jens and he came from Denmark.

Givens has certainly taken her kids skating, but their passions lie elsewhere. Kellen is into soccer, and Jensie loves gymnastics. The three of them take trapeze classes together, and the entire family loves boating. Givens is a two-time Schock 35 champion (sailing), but has retired from competition.

"My day-to-day life is trying to play this role of Mom," she said. "It's like this long-running show where I won't even get reviewed until the kids are 18 years old. I have no script. I have no director guiding me along the way. It's a wonderful challenge, and I'm having a ball with my kids."

The world of film has also kept a place in Givens' mind and heart, and the last couple of years she's been fueling her creative juices with a small production company where she and a partner produce short films that they submit to festivals. "Sometimes I direct, and sometimes I act in them," she said. "I'm nuts about being creative. That's why acting is still hanging in there. I love directing.

"I joke with my family that I can be on the set and tell people what to do and they actually do it, which is unlike what happens at home."

Givens is definitely available for a cameo in the new version of Ice Castles, although if she tried to recreate her old character it might come off more like a Saturday Night Live sketch. She's eager to see what the new film will be like given the sophistication and savvy of current skating audiences.

She hopes that Firth can look back on Ice Castles 30 years from now and feel the same positive vibe. "I get recognized still," said Givens. "I'm really honored this movie is worthy of a remake."

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I didn't know she was Danish I have a relative named Jens as well. Interesting!
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I just found an even more recent - and sobering - update on Lynn-Holly:



http://www.ocregister.com/articles/h...lynn-life.html

Published: Feb. 7, 2013 Updated: April 2, 2013 12:27 a.m.

The Bond girl and her very public stroke

How a heart defect, a blood clot and a hiccup combined and nearly took actress Lynn-Holly Johnson's life.


By KEITH SHARON / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER



FIRST OF TWO PARTS

Her left arm flailed as if she were trying to wipe something off the airplane window with her elbow.



From across the aisle, her mother couldn't figure out what she was doing.

Neither could Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Her arm was acting as if it had a mind of its own.

When the plane landed at John Wayne Airport, she was barely able to negotiate her way, zigging and zagging, to the baggage claim area.

No doubt people in the terminal thought the former actress, who starred in "Ice Castles" in 1978 and became a Bond girl in "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981, was drunk. She fell down three times before her mother helped her into a taxi.

It was late at night in January 2010, and Johnson was having a very public stroke.

What Johnson didn't know then was that she had been doomed to have this moment from the second she was born, and that a person very close to her was doomed as well.

Unless she could help him.

•••

What a life.

Johnson was an ice skating champion, model and actress before she was a teenager. As a kid in Chicago, she starred in a stage version of "The Miracle Worker" with Rita Moreno. She appeared in television commercials for McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Sears. She was good enough on the ice to dream about making the U.S. Olympic team, but an injury in 1974 ended her chances.

At 19, she landed the role of Lexie Winston, the skating whiz who falls in love with Robby Benson and goes blind because of a blood clot in her brain, in "Ice Castles." (She had no idea at the time that she and Benson, the 1970s sensation, both were keeping a secret that would haunt them as they grew older.)

At 22, she played the role of Bibi Dahl and went to bed with James Bond in "For Your Eyes Only." She giggled through a sexy scene with Roger Moore, who was more than 30 years older than her.

She married George Clooney in one television show. She worked with Bette Davis on the Disney film "The Watcher in the Woods." She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She met Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles. She was friends with Dustin Hoffman and Steven Spielberg. She dated, among others, Dean Paul Martin and John Denver.

She also won a Razzie for worst supporting actress in "Where the Boys Are '84." (Johnson is quick to point out that Sylvester Stallone, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Demi Moore are all Razzie winners, too.)

"I got in and out of the movie business safely," said Johnson, who is now a full-time mom living in Newport Beach with her husband, Kelly Givens, and her children, Kellen and Jensie.

She starred in more than a dozen movies, but no major films since the mid-1980s. Her career, she said, was derailed when she refused to do nude scenes. On the set of "Ice Castles," she shut down production for a day when she was asked to take off her clothes.

She was considered for a role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club." But when she saw that the script called for nudity, she said no. She was asked to read for the raunchy "Caddyshack," but said no.

"There was a line, and I couldn't cross it," she said. "I made the perfect decision for me. My life is swell. Wonderful husband, great kids, living in Orange County."

She really does say things like "Life is swell" and "Life is a picnic."

And for her, right now, any life at all is just peachy.

•••


A hiccup nearly killed her.

For some still-unexplained reason, while on that flight from Florida to Orange County three years ago, a blood clot formed in Johnson's heart.

She didn't know it, but she had a patent foramen ovale (PFO), which is a hole in her heart that, in most people, closes at birth. In about 25 percent of the population, like with Johnson, the PFO stays open. In most people, the PFO is not dangerous.

Her late father, Alan, who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when Lynn-Holly Johnson had the stroke, also had a PFO. He suffered a stroke in 1985. Her brother, Gregg, also had a PFO but had left it untreated. Gregg would become his sister's great project in life after her stroke. Despite what happened to her and their father, Gregg refused to get tested for a PFO.

When she hiccupped on that flight, the blood clot shot through the PFO and lodged in her brain. And after Johnson stumbled out of the airport, her mother helped her into the back of a cab.

When she got home, her husband immediately took her to Hoag Hospital, which is seven minutes away.

Johnson remembers her husband carrying her into the Hoag emergency room and hearing a nurse yell, "CODE 20" – translation: stroke victim. The hospital handles about 600 stroke cases a year.

Because she couldn't talk, Johnson couldn't tell her doctor when the symptoms started. So the physician, Dr. David Brown, medical director for Hoag's stroke program, had a decision to make:

If he caught the clot early enough, he could give her a drug that would dissolve it. But if he gave it to her too late, the drug might cause an aneurysm.

"She could have died," he said.

Brown chose not to give her the drug.

It was a call that saved her life.

Brown asked Johnson what year it was. She said, "1968." He asked her the identity of the man standing in the back of the room. She said, "My boyfriend."

Close. The man in the back of the room was her husband, Kelly.

Tomorrow: Johnson slowly puts her life back together, tries to convince her brother that he needs help and talks health with a former co-star.

Contact the writer: ksharon@ocregister.com


http://www.ocregister.com/articles/h...nn-stroke.html


Bond girl, a stroke survivor, takes bigger steps


Lynn-Holly Johnson struggled since her 2010 stroke, and reached out to help others. The one guy who wouldn't listen was her brother.



By KEITH SHARON / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER



SECOND OF TWO PARTS

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Her mind refused to cooperate.

And, at times, that was a good thing.

Lynn-Holly Johnson, the star of "Ice Castles" and a Bond girl in "For Your Eyes Only," had a stroke in 2010. Luckily, she retained her ability to walk and talk. But for three years, she has struggled to reclaim her brain.

She lost a lot during that fight. For example, she has very little memory of her father's death. He died of pancreatic cancer just a few months after her stroke. ("I guess God didn't want me to see my Dad falling apart," she said. "I remember his smile.")

She had surgery to close the hole in her heart, which is called the patent foramen ovale, or PFO, and appears in 25 percent of the population. Her father, before he fought cancer, suffered a stroke as a result of his PFO. And she was sure her brother, Gregg, had it too, though he didn't want to get tested. But Johnson's PFO was no longer her biggest problem.

•••

She would start a sentence but couldn't finish it. Or she would blurt words out of context. "Rice and beans," she remembers saying to no one in particular. She would be given a minute to name as many animals as she could; she could come up with four.

In those early days, she could stay awake for only three hours at a time. Once, about a month after the stroke, a vacuum cleaner salesman came to her door and she bought one for $2,600. She doesn't know why she did it.

She would be asked to spell a word backward, and she couldn't figure out why someone would need a word spelled backward. So she didn't answer. She would get lost inside the hospital. She would forget where she was. She would be shown a page full of numbers, "and they looked like worms on a page." She had a bracelet made to commemorate her stroke, and she got the date wrong.

She grew depressed; angry. She thought her mind was gone for good.

In Hoag Hospital's Acquired Brain Injury Program, Johnson made a list of her goals: "Step 1 – take naps. Step 2 – rest between assignments. Step 3 – take baby steps. Step 4 – prevent emotional fall-apart."

"My brain just wanted to go to sleep," Johnson said. "That's what it needed to recover."

Then, with more than a year of therapy at Hoag, her mind started coming back. She worked puzzles and started figuring them out. She walked to unfamiliar parts of a building and found her way back.

Today, she still has difficulty with her memory. And long conversations are "like running a marathon." But she also says she's "walking and talking, which is good."

•••

This month, Johnson called Robby Benson, her "Ice Castles" co-star. It was their first phone conversation since they walked off the movie set in 1978. Benson, post "Ice Castles," starred in movies like "One on One," "Ode to Billy Joe," "Death Be Not Proud" and "Running Brave." He was the voice of the beast in "Beauty and the Beast." He also directed movies and TV shows, including several episodes of "Friends."

Benson also knows heart trouble. He's had four open-heart surgeries, and he's written a book, "I'm Not Dead ... Yet."

When he heard from Johnson, the reconnection was instant.

"Just had the most spectacular conversation with Lynn-Holly," Benson wrote in an email to the Orange County Register. "She is inspirational, just as lovely and compassionate as she was when we worked together. We discussed our families, and how they keep us going. So it's not just a 'line' that sounds good as a p.r. byte – it's oh so true. Thank goodness for the ones we love.

"Our conversation felt like it could've been a week after the movie wrapped."

Both former teenage stars said they were told by doctors that something was wrong with their hearts. But they kept their health issues quiet so they could keep their roles.

"Mentors like Rod Steiger and John Marley told me that if anyone in the business ever gets a hint that you have heart problems, it's career suicide," Benson said. "And I did so many athletic roles ... while I was deteriorating physically."

Benson was impressed that Johnson had been giving speeches on behalf of the American Heart Association. Benson will be the host for the organization's ball in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23.

•••

When she got her senses back, Johnson turned her attention to her brother. She had survived a stroke on a cross-country flight, had battled to regain her cognitive function for more than a year. Still, her brother wasn't moved.

Gregg Johnson saw his father have a stroke, then his sister. But he didn't get his heart examined. Lynn-Holly Johnson was persistent, mailing him articles about the connection between PFO and stroke.

"She was on me, 'You have to do this,'" said Gregg, who is 57. "I resisted. In the back of my mind, I felt this couldn't happen to me."

Then he started having migraines. He still resisted. Then his hand went numb. He still resisted.

It wasn't until a follow-up visit, after the numb hand, that Gregg decided to get his heart checked out. His sister was right. He had a PFO.

In December, he had surgery to close the PFO that, like his sister, had been open since birth.

"I thought my sister would say, 'I told you so.' But she didn't."

Johnson has said all along that if her story could help just one person, then she would be happy to tell it.

"I helped my one person," Johnson said with a smile.

Or did she?

Gregg Johnson is a pilot for United Airlines. His usual flight is 10 hours to Brazil.

Contact the writer: ksharon@ocregister.com

* The man to the left of Lynn-Holly in the last picture is her husband, Kelly. She is also pictured with their two children, Kellen and Jensie.

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