Lauren Holly is an American actress best known for her role as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart in the television series Picket Fences (1992-1996), as Mary Swanson in the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber, and for her relationship with Canadian actor Jim Carrey.
Holly's breakthrough motion picture performance came in the box-office smash, Dumb and Dumber, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Next, she received glowing reviews for her performance in the Edward Burns drama No Looking Back.
Her numerous film credits include Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Sydney Pollack's Sabrina, the action-drama Turbulence, and Beautiful Girls.
Lauren boasts three seasons as Director Jenny Shepard in the drama series NCIS and starred as plastic surgeon Jeremy Hanlon on David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-nominated drama, Chicago Hope. Her work on the series marked her second project with Kelley, following their successful collaboration on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series, Picket Fences.
In addition to starring in King of Texas, and an adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, opposite Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden and renowned actor Patrick Stewart, Lauren appeared in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women Of Camelot.
Lauren's other film credits include a lead role in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and feature roles in A Smile Like Yours, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Down Periscope, Entropy, and The Last Producer, starring and directed by Burt Reynolds.
She also has a starring role as medical examiner Dr. Betty Rogers, who has a quirky sense of humour that belies the grimness of her daily job, in the police procedural crime drama television series Motive.