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Lauren Holly
Holly, with her red-gold hair cut just above her shoulder and her bangs pushed to her right, wearing a red top and dangling earrings ending in a red bead. She's glancing to her left and smiling slightly.
Holly in November 2007
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 52)
Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Danny Quinn (m. 1991; div. 1993)
Jim Carrey (m. 1996; div. 1997)
Francis Greco (m. 2001; div. 2014)
Children 3
Website laurenholly.com

Lauren Michael Holly (born October 28, 1963) is an American actress who holds both American and Canadian citizenship. She is known for her roles as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the TV series Picket Fences, Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber, as Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS.

Early life[edit]

Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Michael Ann Holly, is an art historian and the Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,[1] and former professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her father, Grant Holly, is a screenwriter and professor of literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.[2] She has two younger brothers: Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (1978–1992). Holly was raised in Geneva, New York, and is a 1981 graduate of Geneva High School, where she was a cheerleader. In 1985, she earned an undergraduate degree in English from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.[3]


Lauren Holly (right) with Holly Marie Combs (left) at the 1993 Emmy Awards

Holly's acting career began at the age of 20 when she appeared in Hill Street Blues as Carla Walicki for two episodes. At age 23, she joined the cast of the ABC television soap opera All My Children as Julie Rand Chandler (1986–1989). She portrayed the comic book character Betty Cooper in the TV movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again in 1990.

In 1992, Holly's big break came when she was cast as small-town Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart opposite veteran movie actor Tom Skerritt on CBS's Picket Fences for four seasons, appearing in every episode except one. She appeared as Mary Swanson, Lloyd Christmas's love interest, in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Dumb & Dumber. She portrayed Linda Lee Cadwell, the wife of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, in 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story; a doctor in Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of Sabrina; and Lieutenant Emily Lake in the 1996 comedy Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammer. She starred in the movie Any Given Sunday (1999).

Holly appeared in the music video for Dixie Chicks' single "Goodbye Earl" (2000). She was a member of the cast of NCIS as Director Jenny Shepard from 2005 to 2008, reuniting with her former Chicago Hope co-stars Mark Harmon and Rocky Carroll. Currently, Holly portrays the "worldly and stunning"[4] lead medical examiner Dr. Betty Rogers, a regular character on the CTV series Motive. In 2014, she was reunited with ex-Picket Fences co-star, Tom Skerritt, to star in the movie, Field of Lost Shoes.[5] In 2015, Holly starred in Oz Perkins' horror film February.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Holly lives in Canada with her three children; she became a Canadian citizen in 2008.[7]

In 1992, Holly, her father Grant, and their families established the "A" Fund at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in memory of her brother, Alexander, about whom Holly said, "He was a boy filled with dreams, hopes, and plans. Although he was only 14 when he died, he had traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and these experiences produced in him a fascination for architecture and archaeology."[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Love Lives On Tracy Television movie
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Lisa
1986 Band of the Hand Nikki
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Betty Cooper Television movie
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Jazz
1992 Fugitive Among Us Suzie Bryant Television movie
Live Wire Suzie Bryant Uncredited
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Linda Lee
1994 Dangerous Heart Carol Television movie
Dumb and Dumber Mary Swanson MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Jim Carrey)
1995 Sabrina Elizabeth Tyson
1996 Beautiful Girls Darian Smalls
Down Periscope Lt. Emily Lake
1997 Turbulence Teri Halloran Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actress
A Smile Like Yours Jennifer Robertson
1998 No Looking Back Claudia
Vig Marybeth Television movie
1999 Entropy Claire
Any Given Sunday Cindy Rooney
2000 The Last Producer Frances Chadway
What Women Want Gigi
2001 Spirited Away Chihiro's Mother Voice (2002 Disney dub)
Destiny Unknown Television movie
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Ethel Kennedy Television movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Changing Hearts Amber Connors
King of Texas Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith Television movie
Living with the Dead James' Wife
Pavement Buckley Clarke
Santa, Jr. Susan Flynn Television movie
2004 In Enemy Hands Mrs. Rachel Travers
Just Desserts Grace Carpenter Television movie
Caught in the Act Jodie Colter
2005 The Chumscrubber Boutique Owner
Bounty Hunters Tess Television movie
Down and Derby Kim Davis
The Godfather of Green Bay Molly Mahoney
2006 Fatwa Maggie Davidson
The Pleasure Drivers Daphne Widesecker
Raising Flagg Rachel Purdy
2009 The Least Among You Kate Allison
Crank: High Voltage Psychiatrist Uncredited
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Liza Genson
Before You Say I Do Mary Brown Television movie
Too Late to Say Goodbye Heather
2010 You're So Cupid! Audrey Valentine
The Final Storm Gillian Grady
Chasing 3000 Marilyn
The Town Christmas Forgot Annie Benson Television movie
Call Me Mrs. Miracle Lindy Lowe
2011 Scream of the Banshee Prof. Isla Whelan
2012 Masque Grace Short film
Layover Suzanne Hollingsworth Television movie
Do No Harm Dr. Thorne
2013 Abducted Suzanne Hollingsworth
Field of Lost Shoes
2014 The Town That Came A-Courtin' Abby Houston
2015 Marshall the Miracle Dog Susan Post-production
After the Ball Elise Limited Release


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Hill Street Blues Carla Walicki 2 episodes
1986 Spenser: For Hire Emily Brown Episode: "Home Is the Hero"
1986–89 All My Children Julie Chandler Unknown episodes
1990 My Two Dads Allison Novack 2 episodes
1991 The Antagonists Kate Ward Episode: "Con Safos"
1992–96 Picket Fences Maxine Stewart 87 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series (1994)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995–96)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series (1993, 1995)
1999 Fantasy Island Heather Finn Episode: "The Real Thing"
1999–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Jeremy Hanlon 22 episodes
2001 Becker Laura Episode: "The Buddy System"
2002 Providence Darla Rosario Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2003 CSI: Miami Hayley Wilson Episode: "Grand Prix"
2005–08, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 NCIS NCIS Director Jenny Shepard 67 episodes (Main Cast)
"A Man Walks Into a Bar...", "Life Before His Eyes", "House Rules" (Archives), "The Lost Boys"
2009 Leverage Ms. Tobey Earnshaw Episode: "The Juror #6 Job"
2010 Covert Affairs Madeline Jarvis Episode: "Houses of the Holy"
Flashpoint Jill Hastings Episode: "Acceptable Risk"
2010–12 The Adventures of Chuck & Friends Haulie 14 episodes
2011 Rookie Blue Superintendent Elaine Peck Episode: "In Plain View"
2012 Lost Girl Sadie Episode: "Midnight Lamp"
Alphas Senator Charlotte Burton 3 episodes
2013–present Motive Dr. Betty Rogers 26 episodes (Main Cast)

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "Research & Academic Program". The Clark (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute). 
  2. ^ "Grant I. Holly - Professor of English". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. 
  3. ^ "Lauren Holly Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.ctv.ca/Motive/Bios/Lauren-Holly.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-arquette-lauren-holly-join-562229
  6. ^ February Casting News! Demons Run Rampant in All Girls Prep School!
  7. ^ "Lauren Holly official website Career". LaurenHolly.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  8. ^ "The 'A' Fund". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

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