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Lauren Holly

Over the past three years, Lauren Holly has co-starred opposite a diverse group of actors including Matt Dillon, Edward Burns, Jim Carrey, Greg Kinnear and Kelsey Grammer.

Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Holly grew up in the upstate New York town of Geneva. Holly credits her talent for acting to her great-grandmother, who performed in musical theater in Liverpool and London.

Holly spent time traveling in Europe and lived for a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the Sarah Siddons School. At Sarah Lawrence College, Holly majored in literature and economics, intending to become a lawyer. Instead, during her freshman year she signed with the Elite modeling agency. By her sophomore year, her talent had landed her a theatrical agent and a series of television commercials. During her last year of school, Holly made the Francis Ford Coppola-produced Seven Minutes in Heaven, and after graduating, she starred in Michael Mann's production, Band of the Hand.

Since then, she has worked nonstop, with film credits including Turbulence, Sydney Pollack's Sabrina, Beautiful Girls, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Down Periscope. She also co-starred on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed television series Picket Fences as the feisty, ambitious Maxine Stewart, and is currently starring in Kelley's series Chicago Hope.

Holly's breakthrough performance, however, was as Mary Swanson in the box-office hit Dumb and Dumber, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, and directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

She co-starred in the Edward Burns film No Looking Back, a drama about a woman whose life in a small seaside community is turned upside down by the reappearance of her ex-boyfriend. Holly has completed Vig, a drama in which she stars as an ex-stripper who's married to a compulsive gambler played by Timothy Hutton, as well as Phil Joanou's feature film Entropy, with Stephen Dorff and Judith Godreche. She will be seen next in The Last Producer.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Lauren Holly Facts

Birth NameLauren Michael Holly
BirthdayOctober 28, 1963 (60)
BirthplaceBristol, Pennsylvania, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Lauren Holly compared to you?
Awards1995 MTV Movie Awards: Best Kiss (for Dumb and Dumber)

Selected Filmography

The Blackcoat's Daughter
Down Periscope
The Final Storm
The Town That Came a Courtin
Dumb and Dumber
Miyazaki's Spirited Away
The Rembrandt in the Machine
What Women Want
Because I Said So
Wishmaster Collection
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