American film and television actress Kristin Bauer, who has been in the business since her early 20's, is most 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 engaged in riding horses, shooting guns, and playing sports. In junior high, she got interested in the arts, specifically drawing, and being done with academics, after graduation, she compiled a portfolio and applied to a fine arts school in St. Louis, Boston and New York.
In 1993, Bauer decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Los Angeles, California. While juggling her various odd jobs, she was asked to become part of a movie which earned her more in a day than she was getting in a week. 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 the 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