Marla Sokoloff

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Marla Sokoloff
Sokoloff in a promotional photo.
Born Marla Lynne Sokoloff
(1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 40)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Actress, Musician
Years active 1993-present
Spouse(s) Ryan Scott Vidrine (m. 2009)
Children 2

Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980 in San Francisco, California) is an American actress and musician best 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

Sokoloff was born to Cindi (née Sussman) and Howard Sokoloff, a former caterer and podiatrist, respectively. Her family is Jewish[1] and originates from Russia and Germany. Sokoloff graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.



Sokoloff began acting at age 12 when she was cast as Gia Mahan, Stephanie Tanner's archenemy-turned best friend in the sitcom Full House. 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, 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.

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

After meeting on the set of Whatever It Takes in 1999, Marla dated co-star James Franco for five years.[3]

In 2004, Sokoloff began dating Deadsy drummer Ryan Scott Vidrine. They married on November 7, 2009[4] and have two daughters: Elliotte Anne (born 2012)[5] and Olive Mae (born 2015).[6]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Freshman Orientation Marjorie
2004 Love on the Side Eve Stuckley
2004 Tollbooth, TheThe Tollbooth Sarabeth Cohen
2005 Drive, TheThe Drive Rachel Short film
2005 Crazylove Ruth Mayer
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


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Paige Episode: "Cory's Alternative Friends"
1993–1995 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
2004-2005 Desperate Housewives Claire Episode: "Suspicious Minds"
Episode: "Come Back to Me"
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)
2008 Alyx Alyx TV movie
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 Recurring role
2015 Grey's Anatomy Glenda Episode: "Staring at the End"; "The Distance"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Chloe Episode: "Kitchen Nightmare"


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  5. "Marla Sokoloff's Blog: Meet Elliotte Anne!". People. March 14, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Leon, Anya; Michaud, Sarah (March 17, 2015). "Marla Sokoloff Welcomes Daughter Olive Mae". People. Retrieved March 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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