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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 at Still Thankful, Still Giving Charity Event, November 2007
Born October 28, 1963 (1963-10-28) (age 46)
Bristol, Pennsylvania,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Danny Quinn (1991–1993)
Jim Carrey (1996–1997)
Francis Greco (2001–present)

Lauren Holly (born October 28, 1963) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the TV series Picket Fences, as Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber, and her relationship with Canadian actor Jim Carrey. She also portrayed Jenny Shepard on the TV series NCIS from 2005 to 2008.


Personal life

Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Michael Ann, an art historian and Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute[1] and Grant Holly, a professor of literature and screenwriter, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.[2] Holly was raised in Geneva, New York, and is a 1981 graduate of Geneva High School, where she was a cheerleader.


At age 23, Holly joined the cast of the iconic ABC television soap opera All My Children as Julie Chandler (1986–1989). She portrayed the comic book character Betty on television's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again in 1990.

She appeared as Mary Swanson, Lloyd Christmas's love interest in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Dumb & Dumber. She also portrayed Linda Lee Cadwell, the wife of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, in 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story; a doctor in Sydney Pollack's 1995 remake of Sabrina; and Lieutenant Emily Lake, the only woman aboard a submarine, in the 1996 Kelsey Grammer comedy Down Periscope. She also starred in the movie Any Given Sunday along with Jamie Foxx and Dennis Quaid.

She also appeared in the music video for Dixie Chicks' single "Goodbye Earl", along with Jane Krakowski, Dennis Franz, Adrian Pasdar, Michael DeLuise and Evan Bernard.

Holly starred as small-town Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in David E. Kelley's TV series Picket Fences. In 2005, she joined the cast of NCIS as Director Jenny Shepard, and in doing so was reunited with her former Chicago Hope co-star Mark Harmon.


Lauren Holly (right) with Holly Marie Combs (left) at the 1991 Emmy Awards


  • Love Lives On (1985) .... Tracy
  • All My Children TV Series .... Julie Rand Chandler (#2) (1986-1989)
  • Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (1990) .... Betty Cooper
  • The Antagonists (1991) TV series .... Kate Ward
  • Picket Fences TV series .... Maxine Stewart (1992–1996)
  • Fugitive Among Us (1992) .... Suzie Bryant
  • Dangerous Heart (1994) .... Carol
  • Chicago Hope TV series .... Dr. Jeremy Hanlon (1999–2000)
  • Becker in "The Buddy System" (2001) .... Laura
  • Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001) (mini) TV series .... Ethel Kennedy
  • Santa, Jr. (2002) .... Susan Flynn
  • King of Texas (2002) .... Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith
  • CSI: Miami (2003) .... Hayley Wilson
  • Caught in the Act (2004) .... Jodie Colter
  • Just Desserts (2004) .... Grace Carpenter
  • NCIS (2005–2008) ...Director Jenny Shepard
  • Before You Say I Do (2009) .... as Mary Brown
  • Leverage (2009) .... as Ms. Earnshaw

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