Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Margaret and Alan Johnson; she has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberle.
Johnson, a professional figure skater, placed second at the novice level of the 1974 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She gave up amateur competitive skating in 1977 to join the Ice Capades, and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles, where she played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 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.
Johnson also played Bond girl Bibi Dahl in the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only, although she was initially advised by her agent not to take the part. She admits truly enjoying the chance to work with Sir Roger Moore: "My character was supposed to have a HUGE crush on him," Johnson laughs, "and it didn't take much acting!"
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 Newport Beach, California with her husband, architect Kelly Givens, and their two children. She has, for the most part, gone by the name Lynn-Holly Givens since her marriage. In Fall of 2007 she returned to acting in a community theater production of It's a Wonderful Life.
|1984||Where the Boys Are '84||Laurie Jameson|
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||Bibi Dahl|
|1980||The Watcher in the Woods||Jan Curtis|
|1978||Ice Castles||Alexis Winston|