Sokoloff in a promotional photo.
|Born||Marla Lynne Sokoloff
December 19, 1980
San Francisco, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Alec Puro (m. 2009)|
Early life and education
Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Cindi (née Sussman), a former caterer, and Howard Sokoloff, a podiatrist. Her family is Jewish, and originates from Russia and Germany. Sokoloff graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Sokoloff began acting at age 12 (1993), when she was cast as Gia Mahan in the sitcom Full House. She played Stephanie Tanner's arch enemy, but later became her best friend. In 1998, Sokoloff landed her most notable role as she was cast as the sassy receptionist Lucy Hatcher in The Practice.
Along with other popular appearances, she is well-remembered as Joey's pregnant sister, Dina, in season 8 of Friends. Sokoloff also had a three-episode stint as a nanny in Desperate Housewives. In November 2006, she starred in the ABC television series Big Day. The last episode aired on January 30, 2007. She also made a guest appearance in an episode of Burn Notice, where she played Melanie, working undercover as a receptionist at a Miami art gallery, whose owner had murdered her character's father.
Sokoloff also has starred in several movies, including Whatever It Takes, The Climb, The Tollbooth, Dude, Where's My Car?, Sugar & Spice, and Love On The Side. In 2008, Sokoloff starred alongside Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, and Liz Sheridan in the romantic comedy Play the Game. She also voices the Glatorian Kiina in Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. She played Imogene O'Neill in the mini series, "Meteor". She also starred in the lifetime movie, A Christmas Wedding Date in 2012 alongside actors such as Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven) and David Deluise (Wizards of Waverly Place).
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Alcatraz Visitor (uncredited)|
|1995||Baby-Sitters Club, TheThe Baby-Sitters Club||Margarite 'Cokie' Mason|
|1996||True Crime||Vicki Giordano|
|1997||Date, TheThe Date||Stacey||Short film|
|1998||Climb, TheThe Climb||Leslie Himes|
|2000||Whatever It Takes||Maggie Carter|
|2000||Dude, Where's My Car?||Wilma|
|2001||Sugar & Spice||Lisa Janusch|
|2001||Prairie Dogs||Starlett||Short film|
|2004||Love on the Side||Eve Stuckley|
|2004||Tollbooth, TheThe Tollbooth||Sarabeth Cohen|
|2005||Drive, TheThe Drive||Rachel||Short film|
|2009||Play the Game||Julie Larabee|
|2010||BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn||Kiina|
|2010||Gifts for Christmas||Della|
|2011||Chateau Meroux, TheThe Chateau Meroux||Wendy|
|2011||Scents and Sensibility||Marianne Dashwood|
|1993||Boy Meets World||Paige||Episode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"|
|1993–1994||Full House||Gia Mahan||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|1994||Step by Step||Marissa||Episode: "Thirteen with a Bullet"|
|1995||Freaky Friday||Rachel French||TV movie|
|1995||Home Improvement||Paige||Episode: "Let Them Eat Cake"|
|1995–1996||Party of Five||Jody Lynch||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Dina||Episode: "Post-Nasal Dick"|
|1997||Over the Top||Gwen Martin||Regular role (11 episodes)|
|1998||7th Heaven||Jen||Episode: "Nothing Endures But Change"|
|1998–2004||Practice, TheThe Practice||Lucy Hatcher||Regular role (113 episodes)|
|2001||Strange Frequency||Darcy King||Segment: "More Than a Feeling"|
|2001||Night Visions||Julia||Episode: "My So-Called Life and Death"|
|2001||Friends||Dina Tribbiani||Episode: "The One with Monica's Boots"|
|2003||Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster, AA Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster||Connie||TV movie|
|2004||Desperate Housewives||Claire||Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
Episode: "Come Back to Me"
|2005||Desperate Housewives||Claire||Episode: "Move On"|
|2005||Christmas in Boston||Gina||TV movie|
|2006||Modern Men||Molly Clark||Episodes: "Pilot", "Timmy Can You Hear Me?", "Kyle Dates Up"|
|2006–2007||Big Day||Alice||Main role (12 episodes)|
|2009||Burn Notice||Melanie||Episode: "Seek and Destroy"|
|2009||Meteor||Imogene O'Neil||TV miniseries|
|2009||Maneater||Jennifer Ellenback||TV miniseries|
|2009||Bionicle: The Legend Reborn||Kiina (voice)||Video|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Mia Reynolds||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2009||Flower Girl||Laurel Haverford||TV movie|
|2010||Gift of the Magi||Della Young||TV movie|
|2011||CSI: NY||Abigail West||Episode: "Party Down"|
|2012||Christmas Wedding Date, AA Christmas Wedding Date||Rebecca||TV movie|
|2013||Melissa & Joey||Dr. Chelsea Mullins||Episode: "Can't Hardly Wait"|
|2014||The Fosters||Dani||3 Episodes|
- Nicole Roberge. "On Her Own: Marla Sokoloff". Davidsvoice.org. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- "Sokoloff: She’s a scientist". Marla-sokoloff.com. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Staff. "Marla Sokoloff resume". IMDb.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Elavsky, Cindy (October 23, 2009). "Marla Sokoloff Remembers Her "Full House" Days". Celebrity Extra. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
- "Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Meet Elliotte Anne!". People. March 14, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013.