Lauren Holly is an accomplished Hollywood actress. Even though her career has been largely limited to small roles in big productions and leading roles in small indie productions, she has still managed to acquire an impressive filmography. She has also endeared herself to fans with some memorable characters, including Director Jenny Shepherd on the long-running TV series, NCIS.
Born on the 28th of October 1963, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, Lauren Michael Holly hails from a family of distinguished scholars; her father, Grant Holly, was a professor of literature while her mother, Michael Ann Holly, was also a college professor. She isn’t her parents’ only child as she has two brothers named Nick and Alexander. But, how did Holly garner such an impressive filmography? Let’s find out.
The Actress Began Her Career When She Was 20
Lauren Holly grew up in New York and attended Geneva High School, graduating in 1981. She also attended Sarah Lawrence College (New York), where she studied English and graduated in 1985. Holly fell in love with acting when she was just a child; this was due to the influence of her great grandmother, who was a stage actress in London and Liverpool. She encouraged her love for the arts, and Holly studied flute and drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Lauren commenced her Hollywood career in 1983, making her debut by appearing in two episodes of the TV show, Hill Street Blues. After that, she went on to appear in TV series such as All My Children (1986), My Two Dads (1990), Spenser: For Hire (1986), Love Lives On (1985), and The Antagonists (1991). She also garnered roles in several movies, including Seven Minutes in Heaven (1986), Band of the Hand (1986), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990), and Live Wire (1992).
The Bristol native got a well-deserved big break in 1992 on the crime drama, Picket Fences. In the series, she played the role of Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart and featured in 87 episodes of the show. Picket Fences ran from 1992 to 1996, and Holly earned two SAG award nominations for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
Picket Fences Isn’t The Only Notable Project of Her Career
There is no doubt that the family drama television series wherein Lauren Holly played Maxine Stewart remains a significant project of her career. Apart from the Screen Actors Guild Award nomination stated above, it won her the Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series. But disregarding Picket Fences, other projects have contributed to the star-status Holly acquired in the competitive industry.
For instance, portraying Ethel Kennedy in Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot earned her a nomination for Satellite Award’s Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Earlier, her role as Julie Chandler in All My Children got her nominated for Daytime Emmy Award; this was in 1988, and she was nominated for being an Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
On the big screen, one of her notable roles was as Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber. For this role, she won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss with Jim Carrey. Since her big break on Picket Fences, Holly has starred in several other movies and TV series. Some of them include CSI: Miami, Bounty Hunters, Covert Affairs, Designated Survivor, and The Adventures of Chuck & Friends. Others are The Final Storm, Fatwa, Turbulence, Sabrina, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and much more.
Lauren Holly’s First Marriage Was With Italian Actor Danny Quinn
Lauren Holly has been married on three occasions. This indicates that she is a woman who is not afraid to love again, no matter the heartbreak. Her first marriage was to Mexican-Italian actor, Danny Quinn. It is not known how these two met nor the details of their relationship. However, we do know that they tied the knot in 1991 and divorced after two years.
Much wasn’t known about why their marriage fell apart until when his father, Anthony Quinn, and his mother, Jolanda Addolori, divorce battle. Danny testified that his father physically abused his mother and admitted that he did the same to his ex-wife, Lauren Holly. According to him, there were times he wanted to hurt Lauren and would grab, punch, and kick her. “It was awful,” he admitted.
Her Union with Jim Carrey Also Ended A Few Months After It Began
Holly’s second marriage was to the popular comic actor, Jim Carrey. They got married in September 1996, but their union did not last up to a year as they divorced in 1997. It was in 1994 that she met the very famous American-Canadian actor. Reports have it that the actress met the actor during auditions for the comedy film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Although she never got a role thereof, the two took to each other and began a friendship that morphed into a romance.
The couple started dating while filming Dumb and Dumber and walked down the aisle in 1996. But then, the marriage ended almost immediately in 1997, lasting for only nine months. Lauren Holly filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. They had no child together, but Jim had a daughter from a previous relationship.
Holly’s Marriage to Francis Greco was Her Third and the Longest
After two failed marriages, the actress got married again in 2001 to Canadian-Italian Investment banker, Francis Greco. The union lasted for 13 years, and the couple adopted three sons named Henry, George, and Alexander, in the course of their marriage.
It is said that the two met on a blind date, and even though the actress is 5 years older, they began a relationship. Eleven months after their first date, they got married. Although the two never disclosed why their marriage packed up, it has been reported in some quarters that their professional lives drove them apart.
The couple divorced in 2014, and Holly moved on with her life. She now resides in Canada with her three sons and her new beau, Jerome Ruffin. She loves her sons very much and refers to them as her kings. Her oldest son has taken to the path of an entertainer as an actor and has been featured in a handful of films.