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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 October 1963Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameLauren Michael Holly
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Lauren grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences that contrasted. She was privy to the shelter of growing up in a rural town and also exposed due to the erudite sophistication of her parents' academic careers. Lauren spent time traveling in Europe and lived for a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the famed Sarah Siddons School. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Lauren credits her love of acting to her great-grandmother who bred a family tradition of "treading the boards" on the musical theatre stages of Liverpool and London.

Lauren's breakthrough motion picture performance came in the New Line Cinema's box-office smash, "Dumb and Dumber," with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Lauren captured the hearts of audiences as Mary Swanson, the woman who drove Jim Carrey to follow her across the country to pledge his love. Next, she received glowing reviews for her performance in the Edward Burns drama "No Looking Back," as a woman whose life in a small seaside community is turned upside down by the reappearance of her ex-boyfriend. Lauren's other film credits include Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Fox, Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina," starring Harrison Ford, the action-drama "Turbulence," co-starring Ray Liotta, the Miramax ensemble "Beautiful Girls," a lead role in the Universal production of "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "A Smile Like Yours," "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," the comedy "Down Periscope," starring Kelsey Grammer, "Entropy" and "The Last Producer," starring and directed by Burt Reynolds.In television, Lauren's credits are no less impressive. Lauren recently starred in 2 films for Hallmark. She also boasts three seasons as Director Jenny Shepard in CBS/Paramount Television's top-rated drama series NCIS. Lauren was seen in the TNT movie "King of Texas," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing opposite Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and renowned actor Patrick Stewart, and in the NBC miniseries "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot," alongside Jill Hennessy and Leslie Stefanson. Additionally, Lauren starred as plastic surgeon Jeremy Hanlon on David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-nominated CBS drama, "Chicago Hope," marking her second project with Kelley, following their successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series, "Picket Fences." Lauren has worked on numerous Independent films. These feature films include the political thriller "Fatwa," in which she not only acted but also served as a producer, the Peter Schwaba penned and directed comedy "Godfather of Green Bay," "The Chumscrubber," an Arie Posen directed, independent film to be released by DreamWorks, "Pleasure Drivers," directed by acclaimed cinematographer Andrej Sekula and co-starring Angus McFadden, a Lifetime movie "Caught in the Act," which she also produced, and "Chasing 3000". Most recently, Lauren starred in "You're So Cupid" with Brian Krause and Jeremy Sumpter.

Additional projects contributing to the broad and diverse body of motion picture work Lauren has compiled include the drama "Colored Eggs" with Faye Dunaway, the comedy "Raising Flagg" playing opposite Oscar winner Alan Arkin, the Darrell Roodt directed HBO thriller, "Pavement", co-starring Robert Patrick and Paramount Pictures', and "What Women Want" opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In addition, Lauren served a lead role in Disney's Oscar winning animated motion picture "Spirited Away" as the voice of Chihiro's Mother. Coming up she will play a lead in "Perfect Age of Rock and Roll," produced by Spike Lee.

Lauren currently [march, 2014] makes her home in Toronto, Canada with her "three kings", sons Alexander, George, and Henry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: laurenholly.com

Spouse (3)

Francis Greco (10 March 2001 - present) (3 children)
Jim Carrey (23 September 1996 - 29 July 1997) (divorced)
Danny Quinn (1991 - 1993) (divorced)

Trivia (22)

Attended Sarah Lawrence College (graduated 1985 with a degree in English Literature).
She turned down the role played by Courteney Cox in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), but later co-starred with Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber (1994).
Graduated from Geneva High School in Geneva, New York with the class of 1981 where she was a cheerleader.
Her father, Grant Holly, taught English Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
Her mother, Michael Ann, taught art history at the University of Rochester and chaired the department.
Husband Francis Greco is an investment banker.
Younger brother, Nick Holly, was a literary agent in Hollywood at Don Buchwald and Assoc. He is now a writing partner with Fred Goss.
Adopted a baby boy named Alexander. [June 2001]
Her maid of honor at her March 2001 wedding to Francis Greco was actress Amanda Peet
She named her adopted son (Alexander Joseph Greco) in honor of her 14-year-old brother Alexander Innes Holly who was killed in a fire in 1992.
Shared a dressing room for three years with Robin Christopher and Rosa Nevin when they worked together at All My Children (1970).
Has 3 adopted sons she refers to as the 3 kings: Alexander, George and Henry.
Ex-daughter-in-law of Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori.
Ex-sister-in-law of Faith Salie.
Became a Canadian citizen in 2008, and now holds dual US/Canadian citizenship.
Ex-stepmother of Jane Carrey.
Has been tapped to join the CBS production of NCIS (2003) and will debut in the first episode of the season as "Jenny Shepard", the new boss of the Naval criminal investigative unit where Gibbs works. [August 2005]
Resides in Lake Forest, Illinois with her husband, who is an investment banker. [January 2004]
Appeared in the infomercial, hosted by Susan Lucci, for Susan's "Youthful Essence" personal microdermabrasion kit.
Her acting mentor was Tom Skerritt.
Best known by the public for her role as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart on Picket Fences (1992).
In 2014, she was reunited with her ex-Picket Fences (1992) series' star, Tom Skerritt, to star in the movie Field of Lost Shoes (2014).

Personal Quotes (1)

(On her worst audition) Sister Act. I get this call: they're having trouble finding the young mousy nun so they want me to go in. "But isn't this singing?" I ask. "Yes, they know you don't sing." I go in, read the scene, it goes well and the director says to me, "Will you sing a song for us?" I said, "Sing? I don't sing." "No. no, no. Lauren, it doesn't matter that you don't sing. We just want to see if you look like you can sing-do the body movements and the facial expressions and then we'll dub it." So I closed my eyes and belled out "Happy Birthday" as loud as I could and I tried to put all the feeling and body movement into it. When I finished, I opened my eyes. I've never seen such looks of horror as there were on their faces. Then I heard someone in the back of this group say, "Wow, that girl's got balls." It was horrible.

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