Lauren Holly

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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 at Still Thankful, Still Giving charity event, November 2007
Born Lauren Michael Holly
(1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 50)
Bristol, Pennsylvania,
United States
Nationality American Canadian
Citizenship Dual American and Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Danny Quinn (m. 1991–93)
Jim Carrey (m. 1996–97)
Francis Greco (m. 2001)
Children 3
Website
www.laurenholly.com

Lauren Michael Holly (born October 28, 1963) is an American-Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the TV series Picket Fences, as Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber, and as Jenny Shepard on the TV series NCIS. She was married to comic actor Jim Carrey from 1996 to 1997.

Personal 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, Holly earned an undergraduate degree in English from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.[3] Holly, who now lives primarily in Canada with her husband and their three children, became a Canadian citizen in 2008.[4]

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 Holly, who Holly said "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."[5]

Career[edit]

Her acting career began at the age of 20 when she appeared in Hill Street Blues as Carla Walicki for two episodes. At age 23, Holly 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, her big break came, when she appeared opposite veteran movie actor, Tom Skerritt, on CBS's Picket Fences, for four seasons, and she appeared in almost 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) along with Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quaid. She appeared in the music video for Dixie Chicks' single "Goodbye Earl" (2000), along with Jane Krakowski, Dennis Franz, Adrian Pasdar, Michael DeLuise and Evan Bernard. Holly starred as small-town Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in David E. Kelley's TV series Picket Fences (1992–1996). She was a member of the cast of NCIS as Director Jenny Shepard from 2005–2008, reuniting with her former Chicago Hope co-stars Mark Harmon and Rocky Carroll. Currently, Holly portrays the "worldly and stunning"[6] 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.[7]

Filmography[edit]

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

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Hill Street Blues Carla Walicki 2 episodes
1986 Spenser: For Hire Emily Brown Episode: "Home Is the Hero"
1986–1989 All My Children Julie Chandler Unknown episodes
1990 My Two Dads Allison Novack 2 episodes
1991 The Antagonists Kate Ward Episode: "Con Safos"
1992–1996 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"
2005–2008/2012 NCIS NCIS Director Jenny Shepard 66 episodes (2005-2008) 1 episode (2012)
2009 Leverage Ms. Tobey Earnshaw Episode: "The Juror #6 Job"
2010 Covert Affairs Madeline Jarvis Episode: "Houses of the Holy"
2010 Flashpoint Jill Hastings Episode: "Acceptable Risk"
2010–2012 Adventures of Chuck & Friends, TheThe Adventures of Chuck & Friends Haulie 14 episodes
2011 Rookie Blue Superintendent Elaine Peck Episode: "In Plain View"
2012 Lost Girl Sadie Episode: "Midnight Lamp"
2012 Alphas Senator Charlotte Burton 3 episodes
2013–present Motive Dr. Betty Rogers 17 episodes

Music videos[edit]

References[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. ^ "Lauren Holly Official Website Career". LaurenHolly.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  5. ^ "The 'A' Fund". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.ctv.ca/Motive/Bios/Lauren-Holly.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-arquette-lauren-holly-join-562229

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