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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 60)
  • American
  • Canadian
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
  • Danny Quinn
    (m. 1991; div. 1993)
  • (m. 1996; div. 1997)
  • Francis Greco
    (m. 2001; div. 2014)
Children 3
  • Michael Ann Holly (mother)

Lauren 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.

Early life

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, was a screenwriter and professor of literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She had two younger brothers: Nick Holly and Alexander Innes Holly. Holly attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York.


Lauren Holly at the 1991 Emmy Awards
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. In 1999, she starred in the film Any Given Sunday as the wife of the Sharks quarterback, played by Dennis Quaid.

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.

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

Personal life

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.

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

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."



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 Pavement Detective Buckley Clark
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
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 TV 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 TV movie
My Two Dads Allison Novack 2 episodes
1991 The Antagonists Kate Ward Episode: "Con Safos"
1992 Fugitive Among Us Suzie Bryant TV movie
1992–1996 Picket Fences Maxine Stewart
  • Main role
  • 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 TV movie
1998 Vig Marybeth
1999 Fantasy Island Heather Finn Episode: "The Real Thing"
1999–2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Jeremy Hanlon Main role (season 6)
2001 Destiny Unknown TV movie
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Ethel Kennedy TV movie
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Becker Laura Episode: "The Buddy System"
2002 Providence Darla Rosario Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
King of Texas Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith TV movie
Living with the Dead James' Wife
Santa Jr. Susan Flynn
2003 CSI: Miami Hayley Wilson Episode: "Grand Prix"
2004 Just Desserts Grace Carpenter TV movie
Caught in the Act Jodie Colter
2005 Bounty Hunters Tess
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 TV movie
Too Late to Say Goodbye Heather
2010 Covert Affairs Madeline Jarvis Episode: "Houses of the Holy"
Flashpoint Jill Hastings Episode: "Acceptable Risk"
The Town Christmas Forgot Annie Benson TV movie
Call Me Mrs. Miracle Lindy Lowe
2010–2012 The Adventures of Chuck and Friends Haulie Recurring voice role, 14 episodes
2011 Rookie Blue Superintendent Elaine Peck Episode: "In Plain View"
Scream of the Banshee Prof. Isla Whelan TV movie
2012 Lost Girl Sadie Episode: "Midnight Lamp"
Alphas Senator Charlotte Burton 3 episodes
Layover Suzanne Hollingsworth TV movie
Do No Harm Dr. Thorne
2013–2016 Motive Dr. Betty Rogers Main role
2015 A Country Wedding Margaret TV movie
2016 My Summer Prince Deidre Kelly
2017 Lucifer Roxie Pagliani Episode:"Vegas with Some Radish"
2018 Good Witch Melanie Anderson Episode: "How To Make A Middleton Quilt"
My Perfect Romance Adele TV movie
Christmas Catch Captain Bennett
2019 Designated Survivor Lynn Harper Recurring role (season 3)
2020 Tiny Pretty Things Monique Dubois Main role
2021–present Family Law Joanne Kowalski Main role (season 2) Recurring role (season 1)
2022 The Lake Mimsy 8 episodes
Country Roads Christmas Skye's mother TV movie

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