Oct. 6th, 1970
Dennis, Massachusetts, USA
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Amy Jo Johnson (born October 6, 1970) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, musician and gymnast.
Johnson was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, a daughter of Greig Johnson, a car salesman, and his wife Christine, who managed a clothing store. She became interested in gymnastics and, after training four years, decided to aim for the Olympic Games. She reached Class One and participated in competitions hosted in the United States and Europe in uneven bars, vault, beam and floor. She was forced to abandon gymnastics following a severe injury.
At the age of eighteen, after graduating from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Johnson moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Musical and Acting Academy. She moved to Los Angeles to audition for her first part.
Johnson's first role was as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the 1993 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. She acquired the role within the first month of her main stay in L.A. Her gymnastics background was an advantage for her in fight scenes, as the Hart character was also an accomplished gymnast. Her martial arts skills were learned from choreographers in the studio. The series achieved unexpected success, and Johnson had a fair share of media exposure. Her appearances on the show jump-started her career and served as a positive influence for many younger viewers and fans. After she left the series in 1995, Johnson went on to star in the Disney Channel's Susie Q and the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "Backstage Pass" as Linda. Johnson is one of very few Power Rangers alumni to continue her career as an actress.
In 1997, she starred in NBC's adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel Killing Mr. Griffin as Susan McConnell and also played Andie Bradley, a gymnast with an eating disorder, in Perfect Body. Johnson also participated in the film Without Limits. She also reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. She jokingly stated in the I Love the '90s 1993 special that having been the Pink Power Ranger was something she would "never live down." When she was interviewed on both Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and The Sharon Osbourne Show, Johnson said that Power Rangers was a "great first job." In 2012, Johnson revealed in an interview that becoming famous because of the show was overwhelming and gave her nightmares, but she did say that she learned many things from being on the show and is grateful to the fans who watched her on the program as children.
In 1998, Johnson played the part of a vampire in Cold Hearts. Soon after, she was invited to play Julie Emrick, on The WB series Felicity. She was in the series for two and a half years.
Johnson then took roles in Interstate 60, Pursuit of Happiness, Infested, and Hard Ground. She also had guest starring roles on Spin City and E.R. She starred as Stacy Reynolds in the fourth season of The Division. She released her debut album, The Trans-American Treatment, and performed in the Los Angeles area with "The Amy Jo Johnson Band". She released another album, Imperfect, in March 2005.
In 2006, Johnson co-starred in Magma: Volcanic Disaster, a Sci-Fi Channel telefilm. Johnson also was on ABC Family's original show Wildfire as Tina Sharp, the villain of the first season. She also starred a few episodes of What About Brian, as Karen, Brian's girlfriend. She has also taken on roles in two independent films, Veritas, Prince of Truth and Islander. Johnson also starred in the Lifetime Television movie Fatal Trust.
Beginning in 2008, Johnson became a cast member of Flashpoint as Jules Callaghan, a member of the Strategic Response Unit of the Toronto Police service. The series premiered on CTV and CBS on July 11, 2008. Her song "Dancing In-Between" was featured on Flashpoint and was released as a single.
When not working Johnson paints, primarily with oil and acrylics, and is devoted to her pit bull, Lucy.
Johnson is married to Olivier Giner. They live in Toronto, and have one daughter, Francesca Christine (born December 1, 2008).
- Favorite musicians: 'The Grateful Dead' (qv), 'Natalie Merchant' (qv), 'Sarah McLachlan' (qv), 'James Taylor (I)' (qv), 'The Beatles' (qv), 'The Allman Brothers Band' (qv) and 'Jewel Kilcher' (qv).
- Hobbies: Lead Singer/Guitarist for band Valhalla.
- August 19, 1998, her mother, Christine, died of uterine cancer, with which she had struggled for ten months. In January 1998, she won the role of Julie Emrick on _"Felicity" (1998)_ (qv) but considered turning it down to be with her mother, during her last days.
- Plays the guitar and piano
- Now in a band named "Amy Jo Johnson" which released a CD in 2001.
- Wrote story 'Memories of My Mother' in the book 'Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff'.
- On Monday, December 1, 2008, Amy gave birth to a baby girl, Francesca Christine Giner. Francesca was born at 9:09 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. Her middle name honors Amy's late mother.
- She cites the main reason for her departure from _"Felicity" (1998)_ (qv) in 2000 was that she needed to grieve for her mother. Her mother had died two years previously and she felt that being on such a prominent show hadn't given her the time or space to do so.