Lauren Michael Holly is an American-Canadian actress. She starred in the TV series Picket Fences as the Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart and as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS. Lauren Holly also played Dr Betty Rogers on Motive, Dumb and Dumber as Mary Swanson, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story as Linda Lee, and Lynn Harper in Designated Survivor. Here is her biography.

Profile Summary 

Full Name: Lauren Michael Holly

Date of Birth: October 28, 1963 

Place of Birth: Bristol, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Education: Geneva High School and Sarah Lawrence College

Profession: Actress

Years active: 1983–present

Spouse(s): Danny Quinn ​(m. 1991; div. 1993)​, 

Jim Carrey ​(m. 1996; div. 1997)​ and 

Francis Greco ​(m. 2001; div. 2014)​

Children: 3

Parent(s): Grant Holly and Michael Ann Holly (mother).

Early Life    

Lauren Michael Holly was born on 28th October 1963 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She was born to Grant Holly and Micheal Ann Holly. Lauren Holly grew up in Geneva, New York, with her family. Holly has two younger brothers: Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (1977–1992).  

Lauren Holly’s father, Grant Holly, is a screenwriter and professor of literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. While her mother, Ann Holly, is an art historian. She is also the Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Besides that, she was also a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


 Lauren Holly attended Geneva High School and graduated in 1981. Lauren Holly also attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English.


Lauren Holly biography

The American Canadian actress began her acting career at 20 when she played Carla Walicki in Hill Street Blues. When she was 23, Lauren Holly joined the cast of the ABC television soap opera All My Children as Julie  Chandler (1986–1989). In 1990, Lauren Holly depicted the comic book character Betty Cooper in the TV movie Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again.

Lauren Holly’s big break came in 1992 when she was cast as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart on CBS’s Picket Fences. She depicted Linda Lee Cadwell in 1993’s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. In 1994 as Carrey comedy Dumb and Dumber, Holly appeared as Mary Swanson, Lloyd Christmas’s love interest.

She also appeared as the doctor in Sydney Pollack’s 1995 remake of Sabrina; and Lieutenant Emily Lake in the 1996 comedy Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammer. Lauren Holly also starred in Chicago Hope as Dr Jeremy Hanlon and in CSI: Miami as  Hayley Wilson.

Lauren Holly 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 superintendent Elaine Peck in Rookie Blue.

She also appeared in Alpha as Senator Charlotte Burton(2012) and Dr Betty Rogers in Motives(2013-2016). In 2014, she played Field of Lost Shoes with co-star in Picket Fences, Tom Skerritt. Holly starred in Oz Perkins’ horror film The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Deidre Kelly in My Summer Prince (2015). In 2018, Holly was cast in Good Witch as Melanie Anderson. She also played a recurring role in Survivor as Lynn Harper.

Personal Life

Lauren Holly has been married three times. Her first marriage in 1991 was to Danny Quinn, who is an Italian actor.  In 1993, two years after their marriage, Lauren Holly divorced Danny Quinn. 

In 1994, Lauren Holly met Canadian American actor Jim Carrey during auditions for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. They got married in 1996 and divorced the following year.

In 2001, Lauren Holly married Francis Greco, a Canadian-born investment banker. The couple adopted Henry, George, and Alexander Holly-Greco as their sons. Their marriage lasted for 13 years before they divorced in 2014. 

Lauren Michael Holly

The American Canadian actress now lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, with her three children. Lauren Holly attributes her acting career to her great grandmother.


1985: Seven Minutes in Heaven as Lisa

1986:  Band of the Hand as Nikki    

1990: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane    Jazz    

1992: Live Wire as Suzie Bryant    

1993 :  Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story as Linda Lee    

1994:   Dumb and Dumber as Mary Swanson MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Jim Carrey)

1995: Sabrina as Elizabeth Tyson    

1996: Beautiful Girls as Darian Smalls    

1997: Turbulence as Teri Halloran    

1997: A Smile Like Yours as Jennifer Robertson    

1998: No Looking Back as Claudia    

1999: Entropy as Claire    

1999: Any Given Sunday as Cindy Rooney    

2000: The Last Producer as Frances Chadway    

2000: What Women Want as Gigi    

2002: Spirited Away as Yūko Ogino    

2004: in Enemy Hands as Mrs Rachel Travers    

2005: The Chumscrubber as Boutique Owner    

2005: Down and Derby as Kim Davis    

2005: The Godfather of Green Bay as Molly Mahoney    

2006:  Fatwa as Maggie Davidson    

2006: The Pleasure Drivers as Daphne Widesecker    

2006: Raising Flagg as Rachel Purdy    

2009:  The Least Among You as Kate Allison    

2009: Crank: High Voltage as Psychiatrist 

2009:  in The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll as Liza Genson    

2010:  You’re So Cupid! as Audrey Valentine    

2010: The Final Storm as Gillian Grady    

2010: Chasing 3000 as Marilyn    

2012:Masque as Grace  

2013:  Abducted as Suzanne Hollingsworth    

2013: Field of Lost Shoes as Mrs Clinedinst    

2014: The Town That Came A-Courtin as Abby Houston    

2015: Marshall the Miracle Dog    Susan    

2015: However as Ruth    

2015: After the Ball as Elise Adams Kassell    

2017: The Blackcoat’s Daughter as Linda    

2017: Dead Shack as Neighbor    

2018: My Perfect Romance as Adele    

2018: Ultra-Low   

2019: Tammy’s Always Dying as Ilana Wiseman    

2919: The Cuban as Nurse Baker    

Television  Movies 

1984:  Hill Street Blues as Carla Walicki   

1985: Love Lives On as Tracy    

1986: Spenser: For Hire as Emily Brown    

1986–1989: All My Children as Julie Chandler    

1990: Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again  as  Betty Cooper   

1990: My Two Dads  as  Allison Novack   

1991:  The Antagonists as Kate Ward    

1992: Fugitive Among Us as Suzie Bryant    

1992–1996: Picket Fences as Maxine Stewart    

1994: Dangerous Heart as  Carol  

1998: Vig as Marybeth    

1999: Fantasy Island as   Heather Finn    

1999–2000: Chicago Hope as Dr Jeremy Hanlon    

2000: Destiny      

2001:The Women of Camelot as Ethel Kennedy    

2001: Becker as Laura    

2002:  Providence as Darla Rosario    

2002:  King of Texas as Mrs Rebecca      

2002: Living with the Dead  as James’ Wife    

2002: Santa Jr. as  Susan Flynn    

2003: CSI: Miami as Hayley Wilson    

2004: Just Desserts  as Grace Carpenter    

2004: Caught in the Act ad Jodie Colter    

2005: Bounty Hunters as Tess    

2005–2008: NCI as NCIS Director Jenny Shepard    

2009: Leverage  as Ms Tobey Earnshaw    

2009: in Before You Say I Do as Mary Brown    

2009: Too Late to Say Goodbye as Heather    

2010: Covert Affairs as Madeline Jarvis    

2010:  Flashpoint as  Jill Hastings    

2010:  in The Town, Christmas Forgot as Annie Benson    

2010:  Call Me Mrs Miracle as Lindy Lowe    

2010–2012:  The Adventures of Chuck & Friends as Haulie (voice)    

2011:  Rookie Blue as Superintendent Elaine Peck    

2011: Scream of the Banshee  as  Prof. Isla Whelan    

2012: Lost Girl as Sadie    

2012: Alphas as  Senator Charlotte Burton     

2012:  Layover as Suzanne Hollingsworth    

2012:  Do No Harm as Dr Thorne    

2013–2016:  Motive as Dr Betty Rogers    

2015: A Country Wedding as Margaret    

2016: My Summer Prince as  Deidre Kelly    

2017: Lucifer as  Roxie Pagliani   

2018: Good Witch as  Melanie Anderson    

2018: My Perfect Romance as Adele    

2018:  Christmas Catch as Captain Bennett    

2019: Designated Survivor as  Lynn Harper    

2020:  Tiny Pretty Things as Monique Dubois   

2021:  Family Law as Joanne Kowalski