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

Personal life

Sokoloff was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Cindi (née Sussman), a former caterer, and Howard Sokoloff, a podiatrist.[1] Her family is Jewish,[2] and originates from Russia and Germany.[3] Sokoloff is an alumna of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Sokoloff has dated actors James Franco and Shane West who both starred with her in the teen flick Whatever It Takes. As of 2004, she has been dating composer and Deadsy drummer Alec Puro. On October 19, 2009, Sokoloff and Puro applied for a marriage license at County Clerks office in Van Nuys, California,[4] and were married November 8, 2009.[5]


In 1993, Sokoloff began acting at the age of twelve, when she was cast as Gia Mahan in the sitcom Full House. She played Stephanie Tanner's arch enemy, and later becomes her best friend. In 1998, her breakthrough role came when she was cast in the drama The Practice as Lucy Hatcher. The 5 ft. 3 in. Sokoloff also had a three-episode stint as a nanny in Desperate Housewives. Along with other popular appearances, she is well remembered as Joey's pregnant sister Dina in season eight of Friends. She also played Imogene O'Neill in the mini series "Meteor".

In November 2006, she starred in the ABC television series Big Day. The last episode aired on January 30, 2007. Aside from television, Sokoloff has also starred in many movies, including Whatever It Takes; The Climb; The Tollbooth; Dude, Where's My Car?; Sugar & Spice; and Love On The Side.

In 2009, 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.


Sokoloff enjoys music and has a large guitar collection. She sang and played rhythm guitar in LA-based rock band Smittin until 2003 when she struck out on her own. On February 17, 2006, she released her first solo CD, called Grateful.



Year Film Role Notes
1995 Freaky Friday Rachel French TV movie.
The Baby-Sitters Club Margarite 'Cokie' Mason
1996 True Crime Vicki Giordano
1997 The Date Stacey
1998 The Climb Leslie Himes
2000 Whatever It Takes Maggie Carter
Dude, Where's My Car? Wilma
2001 Sugar & Spice Lisa Janusch
Strange Frequency Darcy King TV movie; segment, "More Than a Feeling"
Prairie Dogs Starlett
2003 A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster Connie TV movie.
2004 Home of Phobia Marjorie
Love on the Side Eve Stuckley
The Tollbooth Sarabeth Cohen
2005 The Drive Rachel
Crazylove Ruth Mayer
Christmas in Boston Gina Crawford TV movie.
2008 Alyx Alyx TV movie.
Play the Game Julie Larabee
2009 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Kiina (voice) Video.
Flower Girl Laurel TV movie.
Maneater Jennifer TV movie.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Boy Meets World Paige "Cory's Alternative Friends"
Full House Gia Mahan 8 episodes, 1993-1995
1994 Step by Step Marissa "Thirteen with a Bullet"
1995 Party of Five Jody Lynch 7 episodes, 1995-1996
Home Improvement Paige "Let Them Eat Cake"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Dina "Post-Nasal Dick"
1997 Over the Top Gwen Martin 11 episodes.
1998 The Practice Lucy Hatcher Series Regular, 1998-2004
7th Heaven Jen "Nothing Endures But Change"
2001 Night Visions Julia "My So-Called Life and Death"
Friends Dina Tribianni "The One with Monica's Boots"
2004 Desperate Housewives Claire "Suspicious Minds"; "Come Back to Me"
2005 "Move On"
2006 Big Day Alice 12 episodes, 2006-2007.
Modern Men Molly Clark 4 episodes.
2009 Burn Notice Melanie "Seek and Destroy"
Meteor Imogene O'Neil 2 episodes.
Maneater Jennifer Ellenbach 2 episodes.
Drop Dead Diva Mia Reynolds "Crazy"


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