‘NCIS’ Star Lauren Holly’s First-Ever Role Was in an ’80s Cop Drama

by Maggie Schneider

“NCIS” star Lauren Holly began her acting career with a role in this successful 1980s cop television drama.

“NCIS” actress Lauren Holly has had quite an extensive career. Fans love the star for her role of Jenny Shepard on the CBS drama. While the actress is on 67 episodes of the show, this is not where she got her start on television.

Lauren Holly’s first television role was on the 1980s cop drama “Hill Street Blues.” Appearing on two episodes of Season 5, the actress played Carla Walicki. She is a young prostitute who tries to earn enough money to move to Long Beach, California.

Fans are introduced to Carla Walicki in an episode titled “Ewe and Me, Babe.” The sixth episode of Season 5 shows her friend and fellow prostitute Lotta Gue under investigation. It foreshadows what is to come for Holly’s character.

In the following episode titled “Last Chance Salon,” law enforcement busts Carla Walicki herself for prostitution. At the same time, Detective Harry Garibaldi encourages Holly’s character to go to rehab and make a better life for herself.

The “NCIS” star’s first television performance paved the way for future roles. After “Hill Street Blues,” Holly portrayed roles in “All My Children” and “Picket Fences.” Her IMDb page is impressive.

Fans are looking forward to whatever Holly is working on next.

Lauren Holly Reflects on ‘NCIS’ Role

“NCIS” star Lauren Holly looks back fondly on her time on the show.

“When it started, I was just supposed to do six episodes,” she shares with Smashing Interviews Magazine. “The next thing I knew, I was there, and I did 80-something episodes. It was always meant to be a short-term thing, so it ended up being kind of a gift. It was kind of perfect.”

Writers of “NCIS” decided to kill her character on the job. Jenny Shepard dies during a dramatic shootout. While she kills four hitmen, she sustains too many injuries during her assignment.

Holly jokes that her time on the CBS drama prepared her for other roles.

“That’s what happens when you spend time at NCIS. You become a medical examiner.”

She does not regret leaving the show. She says it was the right time.

“To be honest, now that the work bug had bitten me again, I got bored with my part of the ‘Director. Then the decision was made to kill me, and boy did they.”

A new episode of “NCIS” airs January 3, 2022 on CBS. Titled “Pledge of Allegiance,” the new installment is about a stolen Navy software case. Fans are excited for the show’s big return since its holiday hiatus.