Catherine E. Coulson

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Catherine Elizabeth[1] Coulson (born October 22, 1943) is an American stage and screen actress who worked behind the scenes on various studio features, magazine shows and independent films as well as acting in theater and film since the age of 15. She is best known for her role as Margaret Lanterman, the enigmatic Log Lady, in the David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks.

Coulson met Lynch in the 1970s and performed various behind the scenes functions during the four-year filming of his low-budget classic Eraserhead (1977). Lynch reports that she began meditating at the same time as him during this period.[2] She also appeared in Lynch's short film The Amputee (1974), in which she played a woman with no legs. During the filming of Eraserhead, Lynch told Coulson that he had an image in his head of her holding a large log. Fifteen years later, he created such a role for her in Twin Peaks, on which she guest starred for 12 episodes through seasons 1 and 2. Coulson went on to reprise her role in the film prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and in "Dual Spires" (2010), an episode of Psych.[3]

Coulson was married to actor Jack Nance (who played Henry Spencer in Eraserhead, and Pete Martell in the Twin Peaks saga) in 1968; they divorced in 1976. Her second husband, Marc Sirinsky, with whom she has a daughter, Zoey (born 1987), is a rabbi, at one point resident at Temple Emek-Sholom in Ashland, Oregon. [4]

Coulson is now primarily a theatre actor and has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon for the last two decades where she continues to be part of the acting company. She appears in Calvin Marshall directed by Gary Lundgren. Lundgren was a fan of Twin Peaks, and created a short version while at First Baptist San Mateo in the early 1990s. She recently played Susie for Lundgren in "Redwood Highway" with Shirley Knight and, Tom Skerritt and James LeGros. She is[when?] in the second season of PORTLANDIA.[citation needed]


Some of her Oregon Shakespeare Festival roles[edit]

Other theatrical roles[edit]

TV and film roles[edit]


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  2. ^ Schneier, Matthew. "The Transcendentalists". Retrieved 21 July 2014. The log lady from Twin Peaks, she and I started meditating together, and she was always worried about keeping me happy. 
  3. ^ a b TV Guide, p. 64, 2010-11-22 
  4. ^ 'Twin Peaks Log Lady takes root in San Jose Rep's Elephant Man', Teresa Strasser, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, March 10, 1995-

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