Holly Seeks Divorce from Carrey

Actress cites "irreconcilable differences," demands spousal support

By Marcus Errico Jul 30, 1997 1:00 AMTags
Another happy Hollywood romance has gone down the tubes.

Lauren Holly filed for divorce Tuesday from rubber-faced hubby Jim Carrey after a blissful marriage that lasted all of nine months. (According to the court papers, they separated June 25.) Those pesky "irreconcilable differences" derailed the relationship.

Holly, who has starred in Turbulence and TV's Picket Fences, seeks spousal support and attorney's fees, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court petition. Thanks to California law, Holly's entitled to half Carrey's earnings during their time together, including his $20 million paychecks for The Cable Guy and Liar Liar.

Tabloids have had a grand time chroncling her blossoming relationship with Edward Burns. Holly and Burns (freshly split from longtime galpal Maxine Bahns) met on the set of his upcoming film Long Time, Nothing New and were spotted palling around together all over Gotham this spring: See Lauren and Eddie at the Knicks game, see Lauren and Eddie in Central Park...you get the picture. (Long Time also stars Blythe Danner--mom of Gwyneth Paltrow who recently had a celebrity split of her own from Brad Pitt. These things must be contagious.)

The latest rumor has Holly in Great Britain, accompanying Burns as he films Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.

Carrey said he used to fantasize about Holly while watching her act on All My Children, and the two eventually met during auditions for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. She didn't get the part, but she did catch Jim's eye. The two grew chummy during the shooting of Dumb and Dumber in 1994, becoming An Official Hollywood Item.

In spite of a reported break-up, Jim crashed the set of Lauren's A Smile Like Yours last summer and finally popped the question. A "sparkly ring" (her words) sealed the deal.

The two tied the knot in a low-key, mountain-top ceremony on September 23, 1996, (the same weekend JFK Jr. and Christie Brinkley each did the vow thing), the second time for both.

When asked by an Entertainment Weekly reporter if he ever worried that Holly was only attracted to his bank book, Carrey replied: "No. With Lauren, I know she'd be with me if I were on a soap. There are certain PR advantages to being with me, and Lauren knows that, too, but the bottom line is she's made her way in this world, she's proven herself." Care for a retraction, Jimbo?

They didn't have any children, though Carrey has a 10-year-old daughter from his previous marriage.

Neither actor's publicist would comment on the divorce filing.

(UPDATED 6:30 p.m. PT)