Lauren Holly

Lauren Michael Holly (born October 28, 1963)[1] is an American-Canadian actress.[2] She has played the roles of Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the television series Picket Fences, Director Jenny Shepard in the series NCIS, Dr. Betty Rogers on Canadian series Motive, Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber, Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Darian Smalls in Beautiful Girls, Cindy Rooney in Any Given Sunday, and Gigi in What Women Want.

Lauren Holly
Holly in November 2007
Lauren Michael Holly

(1963-10-28) October 28, 1963
ResidenceOakville, Ontario, Canada
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
Years active1983present
  • Danny Quinn
    (m. 1991; div. 1993)
  • Jim Carrey
    (m. 1996; div. 1997)
  • Francis Greco
    (m. 2001; div. 2014)

Early life

Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania.[3] 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,[4] 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.[5] She has two younger brothers: Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (1977–92). 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.[6]


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 (19861989). 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 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"[7] 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 movie, Field of Lost Shoes.[8] In 2015, Holly starred in Oz Perkins' horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter.[9] In February 2017, it was announced that Holly had joined Nicholas Gyeney's Seattle-based reality-drama, Ultra Low, set to begin filming the following March.[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

Holly lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, with her three children; sons Henry, George, and Alexander Holly-Greco. Holly became a Canadian citizen in 2008.[12]

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."[13]



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 Chihiro's mother English dubbed
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
The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll Liza Genson
2010 You're So Cupid! Audrey Valentine
The Final Storm Gillian Grady
Chasing 3000 Marilyn
2012 Masque Grace Short film
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
2017 The Blackcoat's Daughter Linda
2017 Dead Shack Neighbor
2018 My Perfect Romance Adele
2018 Ultra Low Herself
2019 Tammy's Always Dying Ilana Wiseman


Year Title Role Notes
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
Nomination: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1988)[14]
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)
1994 Dangerous Heart Carol Movie
1998 Vig Marybeth Movie
1999 Fantasy Island Heather Finn Episode: "The Real Thing"
1999–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Jeremy Hanlon 22 episodes
2001 Destiny Unknown Movie
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Ethel Kennedy Movie
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[15]
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 Bounty Hunters Tess Movie
2005–2008 NCIS NCIS Director Jenny Shepard Main role (seasons 3–5)
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 (voice) 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
Layover Suzanne Hollingsworth Movie
Do No Harm Dr. Thorne Movie
2013–2016 Motive Dr. Betty Rogers Main role
2015 A Country Wedding Margaret Hallmark movie
2016 My Summer Prince Deidre Kelly Hallmark movie
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 Movie
2019 Designated Survivor Lynn Harper Recurring role


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