Marla Sokoloff

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Marla Sokoloff
Marla Sokoloff (cropped).jpg
Sokoloff in a promotional photo.
BornMarla Lynne Sokoloff
(1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 33)
San Francisco, California, United States
OccupationActress, Musician
Years active1993-present
Spouse(s)Alec Puro (m. 2009)
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Marla Sokoloff
Marla Sokoloff (cropped).jpg
Sokoloff in a promotional photo.
BornMarla Lynne Sokoloff
(1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 33)
San Francisco, California, United States
OccupationActress, Musician
Years active1993-present
Spouse(s)Alec Puro (m. 2009)

Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress and musician, known for playing the part of Lucy Hatcher on the TV show The Practice, and Gia Mahan on the ABC sitcom, Full House.

Early life and education[edit]

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,[1] and originates from Russia and Germany.[2] Sokoloff graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.[citation needed]


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.[3]

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 cable-television movie A Christmas Wedding Date in 2012 alongside actors such as Catherine Hicks and David Deluise.


Sokoloff sang and played rhythm guitar in LA-based rock band Smittin until 2003.[citation needed] On February 17, 2006, she released her first solo CD, called Grateful.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Sokoloff began dating composer and Deadsy drummer Alec Puro. They married on November 7, 2009,[4] and have one daughter, Elliotte Anne (born February 2012).[5]



1993So I Married an Axe MurdererAlcatraz Visitor (uncredited)
1995Baby-Sitters Club, TheThe Baby-Sitters ClubMargarite 'Cokie' Mason
1996True CrimeVicki Giordano
1997Date, TheThe DateStaceyShort film
1998Climb, TheThe ClimbLeslie Himes
2000Whatever It TakesMaggie Carter
2000Dude, Where's My Car?Wilma
2001Sugar & SpiceLisa Janusch
2001Prairie DogsStarlettShort film
2004Freshman OrientationMarjorie
2004Love on the SideEve Stuckley
2004Tollbooth, TheThe TollboothSarabeth Cohen
2005Drive, TheThe DriveRachelShort film
2005CrazyloveRuth Mayer
2009Play the GameJulie Larabee
2010BIONICLE: The Legend RebornKiina
2010Gifts for ChristmasDella
2011Chateau Meroux, TheThe Chateau MerouxWendy
2011Scents and SensibilityMarianne Dashwood


1993Boy Meets WorldPaigeEpisode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"
1993–1994Full HouseGia MahanRecurring role (8 episodes)
1994Step by StepMarissaEpisode: "Thirteen with a Bullet"
1995Freaky FridayRachel FrenchTV movie
1995Home ImprovementPaigeEpisode: "Let Them Eat Cake"
1995–1996Party of FiveJody LynchRecurring role (7 episodes)
19963rd Rock from the SunDinaEpisode: "Post-Nasal Dick"
1997Over the TopGwen MartinRegular role (11 episodes)
19987th HeavenJenEpisode: "Nothing Endures But Change"
1998–2004Practice, TheThe PracticeLucy HatcherRegular role (113 episodes)
2001Strange FrequencyDarcy KingSegment: "More Than a Feeling"
2001Night VisionsJuliaEpisode: "My So-Called Life and Death"
2001FriendsDina TribbianiEpisode: "The One with Monica's Boots"
2003Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster, AA Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew LusterConnieTV movie
2004-2005Desperate HousewivesClaireEpisode: "Suspicious Minds"
Episode: "Come Back to Me"
Episode: "Move On"
2005Christmas in BostonGinaTV movie
2006Modern MenMolly ClarkEpisodes: "Pilot", "Timmy Can You Hear Me?", "Kyle Dates Up"
2006–2007Big DayAliceMain role (12 episodes)
2008AlyxAlyxTV movie
2009Burn NoticeMelanieEpisode: "Seek and Destroy"
2009MeteorImogene O'NeilTV miniseries
2009ManeaterJennifer EllenbackTV miniseries
2009Bionicle: The Legend RebornKiina (voice)Video
2009Drop Dead DivaMia ReynoldsEpisode: "Crazy"
2009Flower GirlLaurel HaverfordTV movie
2010Gift of the MagiDella YoungTV movie
2011CSI: NYAbigail WestEpisode: "Party Down"
2012Christmas Wedding Date, AA Christmas Wedding DateRebeccaTV movie
2013Melissa & JoeyDr. Chelsea MullinsEpisode: "Can't Hardly Wait"
2014The FostersDaniRecurring role


  1. ^ Nicole Roberge. "On Her Own: Marla Sokoloff". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Sokoloff: She’s a scientist". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ Staff. "Marla Sokoloff resume". Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (October 23, 2009). "Marla Sokoloff Remembers Her "Full House" Days". Celebrity Extra. Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Meet Elliotte Anne!". People. March 14, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

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