Sokoloff in a promotional photo
Marla Lynne Sokoloff
December 19, 1980
Alec Puro (m. 2009)
Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for playing Lucy Hatcher on the legal drama television series The Practice, Claire on comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives and Gia Mahan on ABC's sitcom Full House and Fuller House. She has also appeared in films True Crime (1996), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Sugar & Spice (2001) and Love on the Side (2004).
Marla Lynne Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, to Cindi (née Sussman) and Howard Sokoloff, a former caterer and podiatrist, respectively. Her family is Jewish and originates from Russia and Germany. Sokoloff graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she took classes in music and theatre.
Sokoloff began acting at age 12 when she was cast as Gia Mahan in the sitcom Full House. She was originally cast to play Topanga Lawrence in ABC’s hit sitcom Boy Meets World and had even filmed a few scenes, however the part was later recast with Danielle Fishel. In 1998, Sokoloff landed the role of receptionist Lucy Hatcher in the legal drama television series 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 nanny Claire in the comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives.
In 2000, she played Maggie Carter in the teen romance film Whatever It Takes.
In November 2006, she starred in the ABC television series Big Day, which ended 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.
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.
In 2012, she starred in the television film A Christmas Wedding Date.
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Alcatraz Visitor||Uncredited|
|1995||The Baby-Sitters Club||Margarite 'Cokie' Mason|
|1996||True Crime||Vicki Giordano|
|1997||The Date||Stacey||Short film|
|1998||The 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||The Tollbooth||Sarabeth Cohen|
|2005||The Drive||Rachel||Short film|
|2009||Play the Game||Julie Larabee|
|2010||BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn||Kiina|
|2010||Gifts for Christmas||Della|
|2011||The Chateau Meroux||Wendy|
|2011||Scents and Sensibility||Marianne Dashwood|
|2016||Do You Take This Man||Zoe|
|2017||A Happening of Monumental Proportions||Mindy|
|1993||Boy Meets World||Paige||Episode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"|
|1993–95||Full House||Gia Mahan||8 episodes|
|1994||Step by Step||Marissa||Episode: "Thirteen with a Bullet"|
|1995||Freaky Friday||Rachel French||Movie|
|1995||Home Improvement||Paige||Episode: "Let Them Eat Cake"|
|1995–96||Party of Five||Jody Lynch||7 episodes|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Dina||Episode: "Post-Nasal Dick"|
|1997||Over the Top||Gwen Martin||Series regular, 11 episodes|
|1998||7th Heaven||Jen||Episode: "Nothing Endures But Change"|
|1998–04||The Practice||Lucy Hatcher||Series regular, 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||A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster||Connie||Movie|
|2004–05||Desperate Housewives||Claire||Episodes: "Suspicious Minds", "Come Back to Me", "Move On"|
|2005||Christmas in Boston||Gina||Movie|
|2006||Modern Men||Molly Clark||3 episodes|
|2006–07||Big Day||Alice||Main role, 12 episodes|
|2009||Burn Notice||Melanie||Episode: "Seek and Destroy"|
|2009||Bionicle: The Legend Reborn||Kiina (voice)||Video|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Mia Reynolds||Episode: "Crazy"|
|2009||Flower Girl||Laurel Haverford||Movie|
|2010||Gift of the Magi||Della Young||Movie|
|2011||CSI: NY||Abigail West||Episode: "Party Down"|
|2012||A Christmas Wedding Date||Rebecca||Movie|
|2013||Melissa & Joey||Dr. Chelsea Mullins||Episode: "Can't Hardly Wait"|
|2014||Mind Games||Jane||Episode: "Texts, Lies and Audiotapes"|
|2014||The Fosters||Dani Kirkland||11 episodes|
|2015||Grey's Anatomy||Glenda Castillo||Episodes: "Staring at the End", "The Distance"|
|2015||Hot in Cleveland||Chloe||Episode: "Kitchen Nightmare"|
|2016||Summer in the City||Mindy||Movie|
|2016–Present||Fuller House||Gia Mahan||8 episodes|
|2018||Hollywood Darlings||Marla||Episode: "Y2K"|
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- Carter, Brooke (2017-01-24). "What Happened to Marla Sokoloff - News & Updates". Gazette Review. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
- Nicole Roberge. "On Her Own: Marla Sokoloff". Davidsvoice.org. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Dinh, Mai; Janet Murphy. "James Franco Biography". People.
- 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.
- Leon, Anya; Michaud, Sarah (March 17, 2015). "Marla Sokoloff Welcomes Daughter Olive Mae". People. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
- "Sleepover Soiree! All the Details of Marla Sokoloff's Daughter Elliotte's Seventh Birthday Bash". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.