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|Born||Marisa Christine Coughlan
March 17, 1974
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Stephen Wallack (2008 - present)|
Coughlan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went to and graduated from Breck School, a small private school in Minneapolis. When she moved to Los Angeles, she enrolled in a BFA program at the University of Southern California.
She has appeared in top 100 "hot" lists put out by numerous men's magazines in recent years and graced the cover of Stuff magazine in May 2001.
Coughlan's first film appearance to gain mainstream attention was Teaching Mrs. Tingle in 1999, in which she co-starred alongside Katie Holmes. Other films she appeared in included Pumpkin (co-starring with Christina Ricci), a drama about sorority girls, New Suit, a satirical comedy about the inner workings of Hollywood, Super Troopers, playing Officer Ursula Hanson, and Freddy Got Fingered as Betty.
She had a recurring role on the television series Boston Legal as secretary Melissa Hughes in seasons two and three. In 2007, she starred as Jenny McIntyre in Lifetime Television's original series Side Order of Life. Lifetime did not pick the series up for a second season despite a strong following. In 2008-09, she appeared on three episodes of the hit TV show Bones.
Coughlan began writing while she was pregnant and taking time off from acting. She wrote and produced her first pilot, LOST AND FOUND for ABC in 2011 and is currently in development with ABC on a show that she will write and perform in.
Coughlan married Stephen Wallack, whom she had known since they were teenagers in Minneapolis, at a private estate in Pasadena, California on November 1, 2008. They have three children together.
1995 - Step by Step - New Girl #2
1995 - Fist of the North Star - Jenny
1995 - Weird Science - Barbara
1996 - Our Son, the Matchmaker - Julie Longwell young
1996 - High Society - Dana
1996 - The Guilt - Kendall Cornell
1996 - The Burning Zone - Chante Lefort
1997 - The Sleepwalker Killing - Tanya Lane
1997 - Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction - Summer
1997 - Diagnosis Murder - Allison Porter
1998 - The Magnificent Seven - Nora
1999 - Teaching Mrs. Tingle - Jo Lynn
1999 - Wasteland - Dawnie Parker
2000 - Gossip - Sheila
2001 - Freddy Got Fingered - Betty
2001 - Super Troopers - Ursula
2002 - Pumpkin - Julie Thurber
2002 - New Suit - Marianne Roxbury
2003 - Criminology 101 - Molly
2003 - The Twilight Zone - April Beech
2003 - Dr. Benny - Candy
2003 - Dry Cycle - Ruby
2003 - I Love Your Work - Jane
2004 - Kat Plus One - Kat
2005 - Jake in Progress - Hope
2006 - Wasted - Kelly
2005–2006 - Boston Legal (12 ep) - Melissa Hughes
2006 - Masters of Horror - Dina
2007 - Side Order of Life (13 ep) - Jenny McIntyre
2007 - Meet Bill - Laura
2008 - Poundcake - Deborah
2009 - Medium - Gabrielle
2009 - Bones (3 ep) - Special Agent Payton Perotta
2011 - Man Up! - Dra. Donna Perkins
2012 - How To Be A Gentleman - Candice
2014 - Space Station 76 - Misty
2014 - The Last Duane - Mary Duane