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 in 2007
Born (1963-10-28) October 28, 1963 (age 59)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
Years active1983–present
  • (m. 1991; div. 1993)
  • (m. 1996; div. 1997)
  • Francis Greco
    (m. 2001; div. 2014)

Lauren Holly (born October 28, 1963[3]) is an American-Canadian actress. She has played the roles of Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the television series Picket Fences, NCIS Director Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS, Dr. Betty Rogers on Motive, Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber, Bruce Lee's wife Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Darian Smalls in Beautiful Girls, and Gigi in What Women Want.

Early life[edit]

Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania.[4] 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,[5] 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.[6] She has two younger brothers: Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (1977–1992). 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.[7]


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

Holly's acting career began at the age of 20 when she appeared as Carla Walicki in two episodes of Hill Street Blues. 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 portrayed Linda Lee Cadwell, the wife of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, in 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. She appeared as Mary Swanson, Lloyd Christmas's love interest, in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Dumb and Dumber; 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 film 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"[8] lead medical examiner Dr. Betty Rogers, a regular character on the CTV series Motive. In 2014, she was reunited with her Picket Fences co-star, Tom Skerritt, in the film Field of Lost Shoes.[9] In 2015, Holly starred in Oz Perkins' horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter.[10]

In 2018, Holly was cast in a recurring role in the third season of Netflix's Designated Survivor as Lynn Harper.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Holly has been married three times. Her first marriage was to actor Danny Quinn. The two married in 1991, and divorced two years later in 1993. In 1994, she met Jim Carrey during auditions for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. She did not get offered the part, but the two developed a relationship while working together during the filming of Dumb and Dumber. In 1996 they were married. The marriage lasted less than a year, and they divorced in 1997.[12] In 2001, she married Francis Greco, a Canadian-born investment banker.[13] The couple adopted three children, sons Henry, George, and Alexander Holly-Greco. In 2008, while married to Greco, she became a Canadian citizen.[1][2] The couple divorced in 2014.

Holly lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, with her three children.[14]

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."[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Lisa
1986 Band of the Hand Nikki
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Jazz
1992 Live Wire Suzie Bryant
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Linda Lee
1994 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
A Smile Like Yours Jennifer Robertson
1998 No Looking Back Claudia
1999 Entropy Claire
Any Given Sunday Cindy Rooney
2000 The Last Producer Frances Chadway
What Women Want Gigi
2002 Spirited Away Yūko Ogino Voice role (English dub)
2004 In Enemy Hands Mrs. Rachel Travers
2005 The Chumscrubber Boutique Owner
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[citation needed]
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Liza Genson
2010 You're So Cupid! Audrey Valentine
The Final Storm Gillian Grady
Chasing 3000 Marilyn
2013 Abducted Suzanne Hollingsworth
Field of Lost Shoes Mrs. Clinedinst
2014 The Town That Came A-Courtin Abby Houston
2015 Marshall the Miracle Dog Susan
Hoovey Ruth
After the Ball Elise Adams Kassell
2017 The Blackcoat's Daughter Linda
Dead Shack Neighbor
2018 My Perfect Romance Adele
Ultra Low Herself
2019 Tammy's Always Dying Ilana Wiseman
The Cuban Nurse Baker


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Hill Street Blues Carla Walicki 2 episodes
1985 Love Lives On Tracy Television film
1986 Spenser: For Hire Emily Brown Episode: "Home Is the Hero"
1986–1989 All My Children Julie Chandler Unknown episodes
Nomination: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1988)[16]
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Betty Cooper Television film
1990 My Two Dads Allison Novack 2 episodes
1991 The Antagonists Kate Ward Episode: "Con Safos"
1992 Fugitive Among Us Suzie Bryant Television film
1992–1996 Picket Fences Maxine Stewart
1994 Dangerous Heart Carol Television film
1998 Vig Marybeth Television film
1999 Fantasy Island Heather Finn Episode: "The Real Thing"
1999–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Jeremy Hanlon Main role (season 6)
2001 Destiny Unknown Television film
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Ethel Kennedy Television film
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[citation needed]
2001 Becker Laura Episode: "The Buddy System"
2002 Providence Darla Rosario Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2002 King of Texas Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith Television film
2002 Living with the Dead James' Wife Television film
2002 Santa Jr. Susan Flynn Television film
2003 CSI: Miami Hayley Wilson Episode: "Grand Prix"
2004 Just Desserts Grace Carpenter Television film
2004 Caught in the Act Jodie Colter Television film
2005 Bounty Hunters Tess Television film
2005–2008 NCIS NCIS Director Jenny Shepard Main role (seasons 3–5)
2009 Leverage Ms. Tobey Earnshaw Episode: "The Juror #6 Job"
2009 Before You Say I Do Mary Brown Television film
2009 Too Late to Say Goodbye Heather Television film
2010 Covert Affairs Madeline Jarvis Episode: "Houses of the Holy"
2010 Flashpoint Jill Hastings Episode: "Acceptable Risk"
2010 The Town Christmas Forgot Annie Benson Television film
2010 Call Me Mrs. Miracle Lindy Lowe Television film
2010–2012 The Adventures of Chuck and Friends Haulie Recurring voice role, 14 episodes
2011 Rookie Blue Superintendent Elaine Peck Episode: "In Plain View"
2011 Scream of the Banshee Prof. Isla Whelan Television film
2012 Lost Girl Sadie Episode: "Midnight Lamp"
2012 Alphas Senator Charlotte Burton 3 episodes
2012 Layover Suzanne Hollingsworth Television film
2012 Do No Harm Dr. Thorne Television film
2013–2016 Motive Dr. Betty Rogers Main role
2015 A Country Wedding Margaret Television film (Hallmark)
2016 My Summer Prince Deidre Kelly Television film (Hallmark)
2017 Lucifer Roxie Pagliani Episode:"Vegas with Some Radish"
2018 Good Witch Melanie Anderson Episode: "How To Make A Middleton Quilt"
2018 My Perfect Romance Adele Television film
2018 Christmas Catch Captain Bennett Television film
2019 Designated Survivor Lynn Harper Recurring role (season 3)
2020 Tiny Pretty Things Monique Dubois[17] Main role
2021 Family Law Joanne Kowalski Recurring role
2022 The Lake Mimsy 8 episodes


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  3. ^ Famous birthdays for Oct. 28: Gwendoline Christie, Brad Paisley, UPI, October 28, 2018, retrieved August 5, 2019
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  5. ^ "Research & Academic Program". The Clark (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute).
  6. ^ "Grant I. Holly - Professor of English". Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  7. ^ "Lauren Holly Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  8. ^ "Lauren Holly - Motive - Cast Bios, Cast Biographies - CTV". Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "David Arquette, Lauren Holly Join Civil War Drama 'Field of Lost Shoes' | Hollywood Reporter". June 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "February Casting News! Demons Run Rampant in All Girls' Prep School! - Dread Central". February 25, 2015.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (November 15, 2018). "'Designated Survivor': Lauren Holly & Benjamin Watson To Recur In Season 3 On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Errico, Marcus (July 30, 1997). "Holly Seeks Divorce from Carrey". E!. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  13. ^ ABC News (January 5, 2006). "Lauren Holly Weds in Canada". ABC News. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Lauren Holly official website Career". Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  15. ^ "The 'A' Fund". Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "1988 Emmy Winners & Nominees". Soap Opera Digest. New York City, New York: American Media, Inc. Archived from the original on November 9, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (August 6, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Tiny Pretty Things' Ballet Drama Series Based On Book; Sets Main Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 16, 2020.

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