Kristin Bauer van Straten (born Kristin Neubauer) is an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her current role as vampire Pam in the HBO series True Blood.
She has also made a number of guest appearances in several television shows, including LA Law, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dark Angel, Two and a Half Men, Star Trek: Enterprise, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, and George Lopez. She provided the voice of Mera in the Justice League animated series.
Bauer has also been cast in the 2011 fantasy TV Series, Once Upon a Time, as the evil Maleficent, of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty fame, the rival of the Wicked Queen of Snow White.
Bauer carries out conservation work to improve the treatment of animals. She lives with many rescued animals at her home in Los Angeles. On August 1, 2009, Bauer married South African musician Abri van Straten, of the group The Lemmings, at her family’s farm in Wisconsin.