Holly in November 2007
October 28, 1963 |
Bristol, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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, Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber, as Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS.
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, 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. She has two younger brothers: Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (1978–92). 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.
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. Holly portrayed the "worldly and stunning" 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. In 2015, Holly starred in Oz Perkins' horror film February.
Holly lives in Canada with her three children; she became a Canadian citizen in 2008.
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."
|1985||Seven Minutes in Heaven||Lisa|
|1986||Band of the Hand||Nikki|
|1990||The Adventures of Ford Fairlane||Jazz|
|1992||Live Wire||Suzie Bryant||Uncredited|
|1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Linda Lee|
|1994||Dumb and Dumber||Mary Swanson||MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Jim Carrey)|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Darian Smalls|
|Down Periscope||Lt. Emily Lake|
|A Smile Like Yours||Jennifer Robertson|
|1998||No Looking Back||Claudia|
|Any Given Sunday||Cindy Rooney|
|2000||The Last Producer||Frances Chadway|
|What Women Want||Gigi|
|2001||Spirited Away||Chihiro's Mother||Voice role (2002 Disney dub)|
|2002||Changing Hearts||Amber Connors|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||Mrs. Rachel Travers|
|2005||The Chumscrubber||Boutique Owner|
|Down and Derby||Kim Davis|
|The Godfather of Green Bay||Molly Mahoney|
|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|
|2010||You're So Cupid!||Audrey Valentine|
|The Final Storm||Gillian Grady|
|Field of Lost Shoes|
|2014||The Town That Came A-Courtin||Abby Houston|
|2015||Marshall the Miracle Dog||Susan|
|After the Ball||Elise|
|1984||Hill Street Blues||Carla Walicki||2 episodes|
|1985||Love Lives On||Tracy||Movie|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Emily Brown||Episode: "Home Is the Hero"|
|1986–1989||All My Children||Julie Chandler||Unknown episodes|
|1990||Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again||Betty Cooper||Movie|
|1990||My Two Dads||Allison Novack||2 episodes|
|1991||The Antagonists||Kate Ward||Episode: "Con Safos"|
|1992||Fugitive Among Us||Suzie Bryant||Movie|
|1992–1996||Picket Fences||Maxine Stewart||87 episodes
Won – 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)
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|
|Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot||Ethel Kennedy||Movie
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|Becker||Laura||Episode: "The Buddy System"|
|2002||Providence||Darla Rosario||Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"|
|King of Texas||Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith||Movie|
|Living with the Dead||James' Wife||Movie|
|Santa, Jr.||Susan Flynn||Movie|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Hayley Wilson||Episode: "Grand Prix"|
|2004||Just Desserts||Grace Carpenter||Movie|
|Caught in the Act||Jodie Colter||Movie|
|2005–2008||NCIS||NCIS Director Jenny Shepard||Main role (48 episodes)|
|2009||Leverage||Ms. Tobey Earnshaw||Episode: "The Juror #6 Job"|
|Before You Say I Do||Mary Brown||Movie|
|Too Late to Say Goodbye||Heather||Movie|
|2010||Covert Affairs||Madeline Jarvis||Episode: "Houses of the Holy"|
|Flashpoint||Jill Hastings||Episode: "Acceptable Risk"|
|The Town Christmas Forgot||Annie Benson||Movie|
|Call Me Mrs. Miracle||Lindy Lowe||Movie|
|2010–2012||The Adventures of Chuck & Friends||Haulie||14 episodes|
|2011||Rookie Blue||Superintendent Elaine Peck||Episode: "In Plain View"|
|2011||Scream of the Banshee||Prof. Isla Whelan||Movie|
|2012||Lost Girl||Sadie||Episode: "Midnight Lamp"|
|Alphas||Senator Charlotte Burton||3 episodes|
|Do No Harm||Dr. Thorne||Movie|
|2013–2016||Motive||Dr. Betty Rogers||Main role|
|2015||A Country Wedding||Margaret||Hallmark movie|
- "Research & Academic Program". The Clark (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute).
- "Grant I. Holly - Professor of English". Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
- "Lauren Holly Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "David Arquette, Lauren Holly Join Civil War Drama 'Field of Lost Shoes'".
- "February Casting News! Demons Run Rampant in All Girls' Prep School! - Dread Central". 25 February 2015.
- "Lauren Holly official website Career". LaurenHolly.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "The 'A' Fund". Archived from the original on 2014-05-01. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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