Paula Marshall

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Paula Marshall
Born (1964-06-12) June 12, 1964 (age 58)
Years active1990–present
(m. 2003)
Relatives Bob Marshall (brother) [1]

Paula Marshall (born June 12, 1964) [2] is an American actress.



In 1990, Marshall had a guest role as Iris West, the love interest of Flash (Barry Allen) in the pilot episode on the short-lived Flash . In 1991, she guest-starred on Superboy with a young Clark Kent before he called himself Superman, playing the villainous Christina Riley, a woman who is, in secret, a werewolf. Both series are part of DC Comics media. In 1992, Marshall had a three-episode guest role on The Wonder Years and later guest-starred on shows such as Seinfeld , Nash Bridges , Grapevine and Diagnosis: Murder . Later in 1992, she appeared in the movie Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth as Terri. In 1994, she got her first sitcom role on Wild Oats . In 1995, Marshall starred in the science fiction cult classic W.E.I.R.D. World, directed by William Maloneas, as Dr. Abby O'Reardon, an evil scientist who rejuvenates her boss (and later becomes his mother) and is bent on turning grown men into babies. After a few years in B movies, Marshall gained a role on 1997's Chicago Sons. The same year, she landed a recurring role on Spin City and starred with Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in the film That Old Feeling , where her character fell in love with the paparazzo played by Danny Nucci.

Marshall has been cast in several pilots that were not picked up, including the Elizabeth Lackey series Cooking Lessons and Rob Thomas's Sticks.[ citation needed ]

Marshall was on Rob Thomas's Cupid , premiering in 1998. It featured her as Dr. Claire Allen, a psychiatrist supervising a man named Trevor (Jeremy Piven) who thinks he is Cupid. Marshall then joined David E. Kelley's Snoops about an unconventional detective agency.

In 2000, Marshall returned to television screens: first with a three-episode guest appearance as a porn star and love interest for Jeremy (Joshua Malina) on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night , and then in Cursed (a.k.a. The Weber Show ). In 2002, she guest starred on Just Shoot Me! as the daughter of Nina Van Horn.

Hidden Hills was an offbeat comedy about three families in suburbia. Marshall also had a secondary role in the Steve Martin-Bonnie Hunt remake of Cheaper by the Dozen and a cameo appearance in Break a Leg , which starred her husband Danny Nucci.

In 2004, Marshall appeared in an episode of the tv show Miss Match , but the series was cancelled before it aired. In October, she had a four-episode role in Veronica Mars , (created by Rob Thomas), and she reprised the role toward the end of season two. Marshall's next main role came in the sitcom Out of Practice .

In 2007, Marshall appeared in the Showtime series Californication . She also was seen in the FX series Nip/Tuck as an insecure actress who dated Dr. Sean McNamara.

In 2008, Marshall joined the crime drama Shark as a recurring character.

Marshall starred on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried . She and Jay Mohr played a divorced couple sparring while trying to be loving parents to their two children. The show was her first to be picked up for a second season.

Marshall had a guest role in the hit drama House , playing Julia, sister of Lisa Cuddy. [3]

In 2012, Marshall guest starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . She played the role of Kathy Veck, owner of an oil company.

In 2013, Marshall guest starred in two episodes of Two and a Half Men as Alan Harper's transgender girlfriend Paula.

Personal life

Marshall is from Rockville, Maryland. She has been married to actor Danny Nucci since 2003, and the couple have a daughter.[ citation needed ]

She is the sister of Virginia politician Bob Marshall, who became widely known for proposing a "bathroom bill" (a law that would have limited transgender individuals access to public restrooms of their born sex) before his defeat by transgender candidate Danica Roem in the November 2017 state election. Paula Marshall attributed his defeat to "karma" for his "homophobic" acts. [4]



1992 Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Terri/Dreamer Cenobite
1993 Warlock: The Armageddon Samantha Ellison
1994 The New Age Alison Gale
1996 A Family Thing Karen
1997 That Old Feeling Molly De Mora
1997A Gun, a Car, a BlondeDeborah
1998 Thursday Christine
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Tina Shenk
2005Break a LegAlice
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Marnie Toland
2008Helping HandMichelleShort
2010 Miss Nobody Cynthia Bardo
2015 Fathers & Daughters Laura Garner
2017 We Love You, Sally Carmichael! Diane
2021 Malignant Beverly


1989 One Life to Live Kelly Weston
1990 True Blue Lisa"Hickory, Dickory, Dock"
1990 Mancuso, F.B.I. Eve"Adamant Eve"
1990 The Flash Iris West "Pilot"
1991 Superboy Christina Riley"Werewolf"
1992 Grapevine Fran"The Fran and Joey Story"
1992 Life Goes On Jill Gordon"Love Letters", "Windows", "Babes in the Woods"
1992–93 The Wonder Years Bonnie Douglas"Wayne and Bonnie", "Let Nothing You Dismay", "New Years"
1993 Seinfeld Sharon"The Outing"
1993 Lost in the Wild Jill HoustonTV film
1993 Full Eclipse LizaTV film
1993A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked WivesMargo / Debra WaltersTV film
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Cindy Martin"Flashdance with Death"
1994 Wild Oats Shelly ThomasMain role
1995W.E.I.R.D. WorldDr. Abby O'ReardonTV film
1996 Nash Bridges Eve"Home Invasion", "Night Train"
1997 The Single Guy Isabella"Grandfather Clause"
1997 Chicago Sons Lindsay SuttonMain role
1997–98 Spin City Laurie ParresRecurring role
1998–99 Cupid Dr. Claire AllenMain role
1999 Snoops Dana PlantMain role
2000 Sports Night Jenny"Celebrities", "The Local Weather", "The Fall of Ryan O'Brian"
2000–01 Cursed KatieMain role
2002 Just Shoot Me! Chloe"Nina Van Mom", "Nina Van Grandma"
2002–03 Hidden Hills Dr. Janine BarberMain role
2003 Miss Match Kathryn Hammond"Matchmaker, Matchmaker"
2003Alligator PointsEmmaTV film
2004Cooking LessonsBrettTV film
2004–06 Veronica Mars Rebecca James"Meet John Smith", "You Think You Know Somebody", "Clash of the Tritons", "I Am God"
2005–06 Out of Practice Dr. Regina BarnesMain role
2007ManchildLauraTV film
2007–08 Nip/Tuck Kate TinsleyRecurring role
2007–08 Californication SonjaRecurring role
2008 Shark Jordan Westlake"Bar Fight", "Leaving Las Vegas", "One Hit Wonder"
2008The Wife & Times of Teddy BermanMarcy BermanTV series
2008–10 Gary Unmarried Allison BrooksMain role
2011Little in CommonEllie WellerTV film
2011 House Julia Cuddy"Family Practice", "Bombshells", "Moving On"
2011 Friends with Benefits Claire Prater"The Benefit of Being Shallow"
2011 The Exes Katy"Working Girl"
2012Widow DetectiveJillTV film
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ms. Kathy Veck"Dune and Gloom"
2013 The Mentalist Kris Makkena"Black-Winged Redbird"
2013 The Haunted Hathaways Elinor Kravits"Haunted Interview"
2013 Two and a Half Men Paula"Numero Uno Accidente Lawyer", "On Vodka, on Soda, on Blender, on Mixer!"
2014 Murder in the First Barbara WilkersonRecurring role
2014 Major Crimes Jenn O'Hara"Leap of Faith"
2014–15 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Lora FullerRecurring role
2015 Switched at Birth Nancy Shimingo"Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows"
2016 The Soul Man Linda"This Mud's for You"
2016 Game of Silence Psychic"Road Trip"
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laura Collett"Imposter"
2019 Euphoria Marsha Jacobs9 Episodes
2019 9-1-1 Helena Diaz"This Life We Choose", "Eddie Begins"
2020 Modern Family Beverly"Legacy"
2021 Walker Gale Davidson"Douglas Fir", "Barn Burner", "They Started It"

Radio and podcast appearances

Marshall appeared on Janet Varney's JV Club Podcast Episode #145 on March 12, 2016.

Marshall appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on February 7, 2017.

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