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|Born||Marisa Christine Coughlan
March 17, 1974
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Spouse(s)||Stephen Wallack (m. 2008)|
Coughlan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Breck School, a small private school in Minneapolis. When she moved to Los Angeles with her father Daniel Merritt Coughlan, she enrolled in a BFA program at the University of Southern California.
Coughlan's first film appearance to gain mainstream attention was Teaching Mrs. Tingle (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 & Found for ABC in 2011.
She dated actor Kevin Zegers in 2006 for about 6 months. Two years later 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, Finn Wallack, Merritt Wallack and Ireland Wallack. Today, she lives in Wayzata, Minnesota and has a dog, Willis.
|Films and television roles|
|1995||Step by Step||New Girl 2||Episode: "The Wall"|
|Fist of the North Star||Jenny|
|1996||Our Son, the Matchmaker||Julie Longwell|
|High Society||Dana||Episode: "Nip and Tuck"|
|The Guilt||Kendall Cornell||Episode: "Dean's Office"|
|The Burning Zone||Chante Lefort||Episode: "Blood Covenant"|
|1997||The Sleepwalker Killing||Tanya Lane|
|Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Summer||Segment: "The Prophecy"|
|Diagnosis Murder||Allison Porter||Episode: "Open and Shut"|
|1998||The Magnificent Seven||Nora||Episode: "Working Girls"|
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Jo Lynn|
|Wasteland||Dawnie Parker||13 episodes|
|2001||Freddy Got Fingered||Betty|
|New Suit||Marianne Roxbury|
|The Twilight Zone||April Beech||Episode: "Rewind"|
|I Love Your Work||Jane|
|2004||Kat Plus One||Kat|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Hope|
|Boston Legal||Melissa Hughes||12 episodes|
|Masters of Horror||Dina||Episode: "The Damned Thing"|
|2007||Side Order of Life||Jenny McIntyre||13 episodes|
|Already Dead||Sarah Archer|
|2009||Medium||Gabrielle||Episode: "Soul Survivor"|
|Bones||Special Agent Payton Perotta||3 episodes|
|2011||Man Up!||Dr. Donna Perkins||Episode: "Men and Their Chickens"|
|2012||How to Be a Gentleman||Candice||Episode: "How to Share a Relationship"|
|2014||Space Station 76||Misty|