LAUREN HOLLY (Chihiro's Mother) prvides the voice of Chihiro strict parent, who doesn't believe in coddling her child.
Holly has built an impressive resume of credits in studio and independent features and critically-acclaimed TV series, most recently assaying the lead in two soon-to-be-released independent features: "Colored Eggs," a drama featuring Alan Arkin and Glenne Headly, and "Pavement," a thriller also starring Robert Patrick.
Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, the daughter of two college professors, Holly grew up in the upstate town of Geneva. Her childhood was split between experiences of growing up in a rural town and the erudite sophistication of her parents' academic careers. Holly credits her love for acting to her greatgrandmother who bred a family tradition of "treading the boards" on the musical theatre stages of Liverpool and London.
Holly spent time traveling in Europe and lived for a year in London, where she studied languages and flute at the famed Sarah Siddons School. At Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Holly majored in literature and economics and had intended to become a lawyer, until the Elite Modeling Agency discovered her as a college freshman. By her sophomore year, her talent landed her a theatrical agent and a series of commercials. During her last year of school, Holly appeared in the Francis Coppola-produced "Seven Minutes in Heaven," and after graduation starred in Michael Mann's "Band of the Hand."
Holly's breakthrough film performance came in the role of Mary Swanson in New Line Cinema's box-office smash "Dumb and Dumber," with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Holly captured the heart of movie-goers as the woman who drove Jim Carrey to follow her cross-country in order to pledge his love.
Holly has been featured in two series from producer David E. Kelly, "Picket Fences" and "Chicago Hope," in which she played plastic surgeon Jeremy Hanlon. Her film credits include Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina," "Turbulence," the indie ensemble "Beautiful Girls," "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "A Smile Like Yours," "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," "Down Periscope," "Entropy," and "The Last Producer," starring and directed by Burt Reynolds. Most recently Holly was seen in the TNT movie "King of Texas," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Patrick Stewart; Paramount Pictures' "What Women Want" opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt; and the miniseries "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot."
Holly also lists the credits of writer and producer on her diverse resume. She and her father recently started a production company, Hollycould Productions, which is developing several projects.
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