Kristin Holby is an American model and actress known for her works in Trading Places (1983) and Manhunter (1986). She is also known as the wife of James E. Darnell, an American biologist who significantly contributed to RNA processing and cytokine signaling. Her husband is also a professor and the author of the cell biology textbook Molecular Cell Biology.
Kristin Holby Married James E. Darnell in the 90s
Kristin married James E. Darnell in the 90s and they have remained an item to date. The pair have not divulged much information about their personal or family life. As such much of what is known about them is related to their career.
While Kristin remains a talented model and American actress in her right, her husband is a famous biologist known for his contributions to RNA processing.
He is also famed as the author of the cell biology textbook Molecular Cell Biology. Moreover, James has been listed on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Science Education. He has also clinched several awards including Albany Medical Center Prize (2012) and Albert Lasker Special Achievement Award (2022).
Other Interesting Facts About Kristin Holby
1. Her birth name is Kristin Clotilde Darnell
Kristin Holby was originally born as Kristin Clotilde Darnell on November 9, 1951, in Oslo, Norway. At the moment, she is 72 years old. She is also known to have a sister named Grethe Holby.
As a child, Kristin’s family migrated to New York, where she spent the better part of her early life. She attended Murray Avenue School and Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, New York.
2. Kristin Holby began her career as a model and fashion designer
After Kristin graduated from high school, she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design and learned how to make different kinds of clothes. While on her coursework, she discovered her love and passion for fashion and started working as a fabric designer for a local textile company.
Her passion for fashion later metamorphosed into a modeling career between the 1970s and 1980s. She began her early career as Clotilde and was known to have modeled for brands like Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Yves St. Laurent.
She used to have a women’s clothing line and store in Larchmont, New York called Clotilde: The Dress Shop.
3. Holby has made only a few screen appearances
Although Kristin Holby is an American actress in her own right, she has only starred in a few movies. At the moment, she is mostly known for her portrayal of Penelope Witherspoon in the 1983 film, Trading Places. She is also known for her appearance in Manhunter (1986).
4. She was previously married to Sebastian White
James is not Kristin Holby’s first husband as she previously married and divorced Sebastian White. Her former husband whom she married in 1984 is a physicist and the pair had three children together; a son and two twin daughters named Camilla and Pheobe, both born on July 18, 1989.
Her daughter, Phoebe White serves as Executive Director of U.S. Rates Strategy at J.P Morgan. Before this, she served as Vice President of the company. Moreover, Phoebe married Divya Kumar Narendra on June 17, 2017, at the Wainwright House in New York. Her husband is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of SumZero, an online platform made for investors.
5. Her husband, Kristin Rose to fame from a humble background
Kristin Holby’s husband, James E. Darnell was born in Columbus, Mississippi on September 9, 1930, and he is 93 years old at the moment. According to reports, he grew up in the impoverished settlement of the South, and he saw medicine as a way to escape his environment.
He attended the University of Mississippi for 3 years before taking a job at a local Air Force base for about a year to raise money for medical school. In 1951, he was able to enroll at Washington University, to study medicine. While in school, Kristin was drawn to microbiology because it was a subject area where investigators had some level of control over their subjects.
After he graduated from college, Darnell went to Harry Eagle’s lab at NIH under an M.D.-to-scientist training program. There, he studied the biochemistry of animal viruses and also the polio virus.
Today, he is famed for significant contributions to RNA processing and cytokine signaling. He has worked as a professor in several institutions including Rockefeller University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Columbia University.