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Kristin Bauer (born November 26, 1966 in Racine, Wisconsin) is an American actress. She originally auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman, but lost to Susan Eisenberg. She was then cast as Mera instead. In more recent years, she is best known as the vampire Pam on HBO's True Blood, and as the sorceress Maleficent in Once Upon a Time.