Born as Lauren Michael Holly on October 28, 1963 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, she is an American-Canadian actress. Her mother Michael Ann Holly is an art historian and the Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute. Her father Grant Holly is a screenwriter and professor of literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She also has two younger brothers named Nick and Alexader Innes Holly. She grew up in Geneva, New York and graduated from the Geneva High School in 1981 and she used to be a cheerleader in her high school. In the year 1985, she graduated in English from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Holly started acting when she was 20 and appeared as Carla Wallicki in two episodes of Hill Street Blues. She was 23 when she was cast on the ABC TV soap opera All My Children as Julie Rand Chandler (1986 to 1989). She played the comic book character Betty Cooper in the television film Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again in 1990.
She is famous for playing the roles of Deputy Sherrif Maxine Stewart in the TV series Picket Fences, Director Jenny Shepard in NCIS and Dr. Betty Rogers on a Canadian series Motive. She was also seen as Mary Swanson in Dumb and Dumber, Linda Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Darian Smalls in Beautiful Girls, Cindy Rooney in Any Given Sunday and Gigi in What Women Want.
Holly is a resident of Oakville, Ontario, Canada with her three sos Henry, George and Alexander Holly-Greco. Holly received Canadian citizenship in 2008. In the year 1992, Holly, her father Grant and their families set up the ‘A’ Fund at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in remembrance of her brother Alexander. About him, Holly said, “He was a big boy filled with dreams, hopes and plans. Although he was only 14 when he died, he had travelled 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.”