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Lauren Holly Biography (Age, Height, Weight, Boyfriend & Hallmark Movies)

Lauren Holly Lauren Michael Holly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, and grew up in the upstate New York hamlet of Geneva. Her upbringing was marked by contrasting events.

She had the benefit of growing up in a rural community, but she was also exposed due to her parents’ intellectual sophistication in their academic pursuits.

She travelled around Europe and spent a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the renowned Sarah Siddons School. Holly, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, New York, attributes her passion for performing to her great-grandmother, who cultivated a family heritage of “treading the boards” on the musical theatre stages of Liverpool and London.

Dumb and Dumber (1994), starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, was Holly’s breakout film performance. Lauren captivated viewers as “Mary Swanson,” the lady who compelled Jim Carrey to follow her across the nation to confess his love.

She then got rave accolades for her portrayal in Edward Burns’ drama No Looking Back (1998) as a lady whose existence in a tiny coastal hamlet is thrown upside down by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend.

Other film credits include Sydney Pollack’s “Sabrina,” Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday,” Miramax ensemble “Beautiful Girls,” Dragon the action-drama “Turbulence,”:  “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” The Bruce Lee Story,” “The Last Producer” “A Smile Like Yours,” “Down Periscope,” and “Entropy,”. Holly recently appeared in two Hallmark movies.

She also appeared in three seasons of NCIS as Director Jenny Shepard, alongside Mark Harmon. Holly appeared in the TNT film “King of Texas,” a version of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” with Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and acclaimed actor Patrick Stewart, as well as the NBC miniseries “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot.”

She also appeared in David E. Kelley’s drama “Chicago Hope,” her second effort with Kelley after their highly acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series “Picket Fences.”

Lauren Holly BiographyPersonal Details

Full Name Lauren Michael Holly
Nick Name Lauren Holly
Date of Birth October 28, 1963
Age 59 years as of June2023
Birth Place Bristol, Pennsylvania
Residence Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
Nationality American and Canadian
Profession Actress
  • Geneva High School, Geneva, Illinois
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, New York.
Net Worth USD 14 Million as of 2023
Marital Status Married
  • 1984 – Hill Street Blues (tv)
  • 1985 – Seven Minutes in Heaven (film)

Physical Appearance

Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Figure 34-25-34
Height 5’5″ Feet
Weight 55 kg
Dress Size 4 US

Personal Life (Family, Friends, Boyfriends, Children)

Father Grant Holly
Mother Michael Ann Holly
Sibling Nick and Alexander Innes Holly (younger brother)
Husband / Boyfriend
  • Jerome Ruffin (Partner)
  • Danny Quinn (married in 1991 and Divorced in 1993)
  • Jim Carrey (married in 1996 and Divorced in 1997)
  • Francis Greco (married in 2001 and Divorced in 2014)
Children Alexander Joseph Greco, Henry Greco, George Greco

Early life, Family, and Relationship

Holly was born in the Pennsylvania town of Bristol. Her mother, Michael Ann Holly, is an art historian and former professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as well as the Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Grant Holly, her father, is a screenwriter and literature professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Nick and Alexander Innes Holly are her two younger brothers (1977–1992). Holly grew up in Geneva, New York, and graduated from Geneva High School in 1981, where she was a cheerleader. Sarah Lawrence College in New York awarded her an undergraduate degree in English in 1985.

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Career, Struggle, Turning Point, and Success

Holly has worked on a number of independent films, including the political thriller “Fatwa,” in which she not only acted but also produced, the Peter Schwaba-penned and directed comedy “Godfather of Green Bay,” “The Chumscrubber,” “Pleasure Drivers,” a Lifetime movie “Caught in the Act” (which she also produced), and “Chasing 3000.” She most recently appeared in “You’re So Cupid.”

Additional projects Lauren has worked on include the drama “Colored Eggs” with Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway, the comedy “Raising Flagg” opposite Academy Award winner Alan Arkin, the Darrell Roodt-directed HBO thriller “Pavement” (co-starring Robert Patrick), and “What Women Want” (starring Academy Award winners Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt).

She was the voice of Chihiro’s mother in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film “Spirited Away.” Holly, who is thrice divorced, lives in Toronto, Canada, with her three boys, Alexander, George, and Henry, as of 2014.

Holly has had three marriages. Her first husband was actor Danny Quinn. The couple married in 1991 but divorced two years later in 1993. During the tryouts for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994, she met Jim Carrey. Although she was not cast in the role, the two became friends while shooting Dumb and Dumber.

They married in 1996. They divorced in 1997 after a marriage of less than a year. She married Francis Greco, a Canadian-born investment banker, in 2001. Henry, George, and Alexander Holly-Greco were adopted by the couple. She obtained a Canadian citizenship in 2008, while still married to Greco. In 2014, the couple divorced.

Lauren Holly began her acting career in 1984 when she appeared in two episodes of ‘Hill Street Blues.’ She went on to appear in the films Seven Minutes in Heaven and ‘Band of the Hand.’ Following that, the actress was cast in the drama series ‘All My Children.’ In 1990, she appeared in ‘Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again,’ as well as the film ‘The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.’

Holly was cast as Maxine Stewart in the drama ‘Picket Fences two years later. She later appeared in the film ‘Dumb and Dumber. Between 1996 and 1998, the stunning star appeared in a number of films, including ‘Beautiful Girls,’ ‘Down Periscope,’ ‘Turbulence,’ ‘A Smile Like Yours,’ and ‘No Looking Back.’ She later appeared in the drama “Chicago Hope” and the film “Any Given Sunday.”

Holly appeared in several television movies over the years, including ‘Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot,’ ‘King of Texas,’ ‘Living with the Dead,’ ‘Just Desserts,’ and ‘Caught in the Act.’ Lauren Holly joined the cast of ‘NCIS’ in 2005 as Director Jenny Shepard. She landed film roles in ‘Fatwa,’ ‘The Pleasure Drivers,’ and ‘Raising Flagg’ a year later.

Following that, she had a voice role in the TV show ‘The Adventures of Chuck & Friends.’ The actress then starred as ‘Betty Rogers in the drama ‘Motive’ from 2013 to 2016. During that time, she also appeared in the films Field of Lost Shoes,’ ‘A Country Wedding,’ and ‘My Summer Prince.’

Complete list of Lauren Holly Hallmark Movies

Premiere Date Hallmark Movies Name Prime Videos/DVD Link
August 06, 2016 My Summer Prince Watch on Prime, Buy DVD
November 27, 2010 Call Me Mrs. Miracle Watch on Prime, Buy DVD
November 25, 2010 The Town Christmas Forgot Watch on Prime, Buy DVD
February 08, 2004 Just Desserts Watch on Prime, Buy DVD
November 30, 2002 Santa Jr. Watch on Prime, Buy DVD

Unknown Facts

  • Lauren Holly and her family support Hobart and William Smith Colleges in memory of her late brother Alexander, who died when he was 14 years old.
  • Amanda Peet served as Lauren Holly’s maid of honor during her wedding to Francis Greco.
  • Melissa would have been portrayed by Lauren Holly in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. After Holly declined, the position was given to Courteney Cox.
  • She declined a part in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
  • Lauren obtained Canadian citizenship in 2008.
  • She appeared in a Dixie Chicks music video.
  • Her acting coach was Tom Skerritt.
  • Her audition for Sister Act didn’t go so well.

Lauren Holly Biography (Age, Height, Weight, Boyfriend & More)

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