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Kristin Bauer
Kristin Bauer
The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Kristin Bauer

American film and television actress Kristin Bauer, who has been in the business since her early 20s, is best known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar in True Blood. Born and raised in Racine County, Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered on nature and animals. In junior high, she became interested in the arts, specifically drawing. After graduation, she compiled a portfolio and applied to a fine arts school with locations in St. Louis, Boston, and New York, of which she attended all three. In 1993, Kristin decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Los Angeles.

While juggling her various odd jobs, she was asked to be in a movie, which earned her more in a day than she was getting in a month. She still continued drawing and painting while she began appearing on television and in film during the mid-90s, making her small screen debut in a 1994 episode of L.A. Law. Her first major television break came the following year when she was hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy The Crew, which lasted for one season.

In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guest roles as “Man Hands” Gillian, Jerry's girlfriend on Seinfeld. Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regular characters, including Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency on the short-lived action drama Total Security, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama That's Life, and the sexy, softball “porn mom” on the NBC comedy Hidden Hills. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) on HBO's original drama True Blood.

Today she lives in Los Angeles with her South African husband, Abri van Straten, who is a musician, and two rescued dogs. She splits her time between shooting, painting, and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation, and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion. She says, “They have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical artist I have ever seen.”

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