Lauren Michael Holly
October 28, 1963
Bristol, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Sarah Lawrence College|
Lauren Michael Holly (born October 28, 1963) 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.
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 (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.
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" 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. In 2015, Holly starred in Oz Perkins' horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter.
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. In 2001, she married Francis Greco, a Canadian-born investment banker. The couple adopted three children, sons Henry, George, and Alexander Holly-Greco. In 2008, while married to Greco, she became a Canadian citizen. The couple divorced in 2014.
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|
|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|
|Yūko Ogino||Voice role,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|
|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||Mrs. Clinedinst|
|2014||The Town That Came A-Courtin||Abby Houston|
|2015||Marshall the Miracle Dog||Susan|
|After the Ball||Elise Adams Kassell|
|2017||The Blackcoat's Daughter||Linda|
|2018||My Perfect Romance||Adele|
|2019||Tammy's Always Dying||Ilana Wiseman|
|The Cuban||Nurse Baker|
|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)
|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)
|1999||Fantasy Island||Heather Finn||Episode: "The Real Thing"|
|1999–2000||Chicago Hope||Dr. Jeremy Hanlon||22 episodes|
|2001||Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot||Ethel Kennedy||Movie|
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|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||Movie|
|2002||Living with the Dead||James' Wife||Movie|
|2002||Santa Jr.||Susan Flynn||Movie|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Hayley Wilson||Episode: "Grand Prix"|
|2004||Just Desserts||Grace Carpenter||Movie|
|2004||Caught in the Act||Jodie Colter||Movie|
|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||Movie|
|2009||Too Late to Say Goodbye||Heather||Movie|
|2010||Covert Affairs||Madeline Jarvis||Episode: "Houses of the Holy"|
|2010||Flashpoint||Jill Hastings||Episode: "Acceptable Risk"|
|2010||The Town Christmas Forgot||Annie Benson||Movie|
|2010||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"|
|2012||Alphas||Senator Charlotte Burton||3 episodes|
|2012||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|
|2018||Christmas Catch||Captain Bennett||Movie|
|2019||Designated Survivor||Lynn Harper||Recurring role|
|2020||Tiny Pretty Things||Monique Dubois||Main role|
|2021–||Family Law||Joanne Kowalski||Recurring role|
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