American actress Amy Jo Johnson became known for her portrayal of Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in Fox's surprising hit series "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" (1993-1996), and its wide screen versions, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). She gained even more notice while playing series' regular Julie Emrick, a college student and musician, in the WB drama "Felicity" (1998-2000). Johnson also worked for several television projects, including Susie Q (1996), NBC's thriller Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), the sport movie Perfect Body (1997), the biopic Sweetwater: A True Rock Story (1999) and the Western Hard Ground (2003).
Off screen, Johnson, whose favorite musicians are Grateful Dead, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers and Jewel, is an accomplished singer. She contributed to the Felicity soundtrack with her song titled "Puddle of Grace," and launched her debut album, The Trans-American Treatment, in 2001. The brown-eyed, brown-haired beauty also became the lead vocalist and a guitarist for her band Valhalla.
Fans can catch Amy in the recent and upcoming movies Veritas, Prince of Truth (2005), Ian Gilmore's action Magma (2005, TV) and the drama Clean Breaks (2005, stars with David Keith).
Childhood and Family:
"My mom taught me to go after my dreams. I have this faith in myself that I must have gotten from her. I believe I can do anything. If I decide I want to be a doctor tomorrow, I'm going to be a doctor." Amy Jo Johnson In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Amy Jo Johnson, whose nickname is A.J., was born on October 6, 1970, to a mother who worked in a clothing store (died of uterine cancer). She is the sister of Julie Johnson Clary, a legal assistant.
Since childhood, A.J developed her interest in gymnastics. She was a national-caliber gymnast, and competed in the Olympics. She took parts in competitions that were held in the United States and in Europe. In her career as a gymnast, A.J finally reached the highest status in gymnastics called Class-One, but was forced to abandon her dream of becoming a professional gymnast due to an arm injury.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, A.J attended Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, eighteen-year-old A.J flew to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She also studied at the American Musical and Acting Academy. A.J then headed for Los Angeles to give acting a try.
Out of the spotlight, Johnson, who owns a bulldog named Lucy, enjoys singing, playing guitar and piano, painting, and writing. She once wrote the story "Memories of My Mother' in the book "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff."
Amy Jo Johnson turned her attention to acting after she endured a severe injury in a gymnastics competition. Discarding her career as a professional gymnast, Johnson focused on her acting interests and began acting with a community theatre. In 1993, she took off for Hollywood to pursue acting after taking drama classes in New York.
Johnson's first brush with fame arrived when she was cast as Kimberly Ann Hart, the Pink Ranger, in the Fox kids' adventure program "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" (1993-1996). As soon as the series became a hit, Johnson garnered much attention from the media.
While working in the show, Johnson also reprised the role of Kimberly, the Pink Ranger, for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), in which the Pink Ranger, with her fellow superheroes, saves the fictional town of Angel Grove and potentially the world.
Additionally, she guest starred in the TV series "Campus Cops," "Power Rangers Zeo" and "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," as well as appeared in a production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Knight Bridge Theater in Pasadena, California.
After leaving Power Rangers, Johnson landed the title character of teen angel Susie Q/Maggie in the made-for-TV movie Susie Q (1996, opposite Justin Whalin), and for the last time reprised her role as Kimberly Hart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). Johnson went on to star in the NBC adaptation of Lois Duncan's novel Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), playing a high school student named Susan McConnell who becomes involved in a prank gone horribly wrong. She won another starring role in NBC's Perfect Body (1997), where she drew on personal experiences to portray bulimic gymnast Andie Bradley.
After a feature role in the 1970s Steve Prefontaine's biopic Without Limits (1998, directed by Robert Towne), Johnson received another breakthrough when she was cast as regular Julie Emrick, a college student who becomes the female lead character's best friend, in the Warner Brothers drama "Felicity" (1998). Portraying a singer and guitarist, Johnson had the opportunity to show off her musical talent by singing her own song, "Puddle of Grace," which was added to the series' official soundtrack. After two and a half years, Johnson departed Felicity in 2000. During her hectic schedule on Felicity, she appeared as a vampire in the cult indie movie Cold Hearts (1999) and starred as Nansi Nevin in the television film biopic Sweetwater: A True Rock Story (1999), a film based on the 1960s singer Nansi Nevins.
In 2001, Johnson costarred opposite Frank Whaley and Annabeth Gish in John Putch independent movie Pursuit of Happiness (2001) and played the lead of Karen in the romance film Liars Club (2001). The same year, Johnson released her debut album, The Trans-American Treatment, and embarked on her live performance in Los Angeles with The Amy Jo Johnson Band.
The actress returned to acting in 2002 when she played the bit part of seductress Laura on the mythical Interstate 60 (2002), and portrayed supporting Jesse in writer/director Josh Olson's horror flick Infested (2002). Johnson once more returned to her theatrical roots with the starring role in a production of "Love, Janis" (2002) at the Village Theater, NYC.
Johnson reappeared on the small screen with a starring role in the Western Hard Ground (2003) before joining the cast members of 2001's television crime drama "The Division" in its final season of 2004.
Thirty-five-year-old Johnson recently shared the screen with Sean Patrick Flanery and Bret Loehr in the adventure film Veritas, Prince of Truth (2005), for director Arturo Ruiz-Esparza. She is also scheduled to play a role in Ian Gilmore's action Magma (2005, TV) and star with David Keith in drama film Clean Breaks (2005).