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.
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
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)
Parent(s): Grant Holly and Michael Ann Holly (mother).
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.
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.
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.
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
2019: Tammy’s Always Dying as Ilana Wiseman
2919: The Cuban as Nurse Baker
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
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