First attracting attention with a guest appearance on “Seinfeld” (1993), American actress Paula Marshall is perhaps best known for her portrayal of troublemaker Allison Brooks on the situation comedy series “Gary Unmarried” (CBS, 2009-2010). Previously, the brunette beauty starred in the short lived shows “Wild Oats” (1994), “Chicago Son” (1997), “Cupid” (1998), “Snoops” (1999), “The Weber Show” (2000-2001), “Hidden Hills” (2002-2003) and “Out of Practice” (2005). Her television credits also include recurring roles on “Life Goes On” (3 episodes, 1992), “The Wonder Years” (3 episodes, 1992-1993), “Nash Bridges” (2 episodes, 1996), “Spin City” (7 episodes, 1997-1998), “Sports Night” (3 episodes, 2000), “Just Shoot Me” (2 episodes, 2002), “Veronica Mars” (4 episodes, 2004-2006) “Nip/Tuck” (7 episodes, 2007-2008), “Californication” (9 episodes, 2007-2008) and “Shark” (3 episodes, 2008). The former typist has acted in several movies, including “A Family Thing” (1996), “That Old Feeling” (1997), “Thursday” (1998), “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003) and “Miss Nobody” (2010).
Mrs. Marshall currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, actor Danny Nucci and their two daughters. She was romantically involved with actor Bruno Campos from 1997 to 1999 after they met while working on “Chicago Sons.”
Childhood and Family:
On June 12, 1964, Paula Marie Marshall was born in Rockville, Maryland. She attended Robert E. Peary High School in Rockville and graduated in 1982. She went to college at Montgomery College in Rockville and worked as a typist at the National Institute of Health during college.
Paula married Tom Ardavany, a director, actor and acting couch, on October 14, 1989, and they divorced in 1998. On October 12, 2003, she married actor and frequent costar Danny Nucci (born on September 15, 1968). She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in March 2005. The couple also has an older daughter from Nucci's previous relationship.
Paula is a fan of photography.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Paula Marshall began her career on television in the early 1990s with guest appearances in such series as “True Blue,” “Mancuso, FBI,” “The Flash” (1990), “The Adventures of Superboy,” “Dinosaurs” (both 1991) and “Grapevine” (1992). She moved on to have recurring roles on the ABC shows “Life Goes On” (3 episodes, 1992) and “The Wonder Years” (3 episodes, 1992-1993), where she played Jill Gordon, an art gallery owner, and a young divorcee named Bonnie Douglas, respectively. Marshall's first film break arrived when she landed the lead role of Terri in the sequel “Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth” (1992), opposite Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley and Kevin Bernhardt.
In 1993, Marshall portrayed a student reporter named Sharon Leonard on an episode of “Seinfeld” called “The Outing,” had a supporting role in “Warlock: The Armageddon,” a sequel to the 1989 horror film “Warlock,” and appeared with Lindsay Wagner, Robert Loggia, David Clennon and Farrah Forke in the CBS film “Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7.” She also appeared in the HBO supernatural “Full Eclipse” (1993, starred Mario Van Peebles) and the NBC drama “A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives” (1993, starred Paul Sorvino). In 1994, she won her first reoccurring sitcom role on the Fox short lived “Wild Oats,” which starred Tim Conlon and Paul Rudd. Also that year, she guest starred in “Diagnosis Murder” and was cast as the girlfriend of Peter Weller in the satire “The New Age,” written and directed by Michael Tolkin.
Marshall next costarred with Marshall Bell, Kathryn Morris and Dana Ashbrook in the Fox science fiction film “W.E.I.R.D. World” (1995), played Karen, the daughter of Robert Duvall, on “A Family Thing” (1996), a drama directed by Richard Pearce that was co-written by Billy Bob Thornton, and landed a role on the NBC series “Nash Bridges” (1996), playing Eve. The Rockville native got her next reoccurring role on the short lived sitcom “Chicago Son” (1997), where she portrayed Lindsay Sutton, Jason Bateman's co-worker. The same year, she also began a role on the ABC sitcom “Spin City” (kept until 1998), was cast as the daughter of Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in the romantic comedy “That Old Feeling” (1997), which marked her first job with future husband Danni Nucci, was featured in “A Gun, a Car, a Blonde,” a thriller by Stefani Ames, and guest starred in the NBC sitcom “The Single Guy,” starring Jonathan Silverman.
In 1998, Marshall returned to series television as a regular on the Rob Thomas created comedy “Cupid,” where she starred as psychologist Dr. Claire Allen. Premiering on September 26, 1998, on ABC, the show lasted one season until February 11, 1999. 1998 also saw her appear in the independent film “Thursday,” by director/writer Skip Woods. After the demise of “Cupid,” Marshall was cast as a police detective turned private investigator in the David E. Kelley series “Snoops” (1999), where she costarred with Gina Gershon, Paula Jai Parker, Edward Kerr and Danny Nucci. The show received good ratings, but was canceled after 10 episodes because of scheduling conflicts.
Entering the new millennium, Marshall landed a recurring role on the ABC sitcom “Sports Night” before securing a role on the NBC sitcom “The Weber Show” (previously “Cursed”), which starred Steven Weber, Chris Elliott, Wendell Pierce and Amy Pietz. She appeared as Katie in a total of 9 episodes during the show's run from 2000 to 2001. Marshall then made her producing debut with the 2001 TV comedy “Second to None,” which she also starred in, and landed a two episode role in “Just Shoot Me” (2002).
Marshall next joined Justin Louis, Dondré Whitfield, Tamara Taylor and Kristin Bauer to star in the NBC sitcom “Hidden Hills,” portraying Dr. Janine Barber. The series, co-created by Peter Segal, ran on NBC from September 24, 2002, to January 21, 2003. In 2003, she appeared in an episode of “Miss Match” (as Kathryn Hammond), costarred with Nathan Fillion, Jaime Pressly, Park Overall, James McDaniel, Jim Rash and Joel Mccrary in an unsold pilot titled “Alligator Point,” and portrayed Tina Shenk on the comedy remake “Cheaper by the Dozen,” which starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. The next year, she appeared with Gil Bellows, Constance Zimmer and Lisa Lackey in a pilot titled “Cooking Lessons,” but it was never picked up, and had the recurring role of Rebecca James on “Veronica Mars,” a role she would reprise in the 2005 episode “Clash of the Tritons” and the 2006 episode “I Am God.”
In 2005, Marshall made a cameo appearance in “Break a Leg,” a comedy starring her husband Nucci, and joined the cast of the situation comedy series “Out of Practice” in the regular role of Regina Barnes. The series, also starring Christopher Gorham, Ty Burrell, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Tilly and Henry Winkler, was canceled after 14 episodes. She next landed recurring roles in the FX series “Nip/Tuck” (2007-2008; as Kate Tinsley), the Showtime series “Californication” (2007-2008; as Sonja) and the CBS legal drama “Shark” (2008; as Jordan Westlake). She also appeared with John Corbett, James Purefoy, Paul Hipp and Kevin Smith in a failed pilot titled “Manchild” (2007), played Marnie Toland in the Razzie award winning film “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007, directed by Chris Sivertson and starred Lindsay Lohan) and starred in the short film “Helping Hand” (2008). Marshall then starred as troublemaker Allison Brooks on the CBS sitcom “Gary Unmarried,” opposite Jay Mohr as Allison's ex-husband Gary Brooks. The show, centering on a newly divorced couple who share custody of their children, ran from September 24, 2008, to March 17, 2010.
Marshall also played Cynthia Bardo in the comedy film “Miss Nobody,” with Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg, Kathy Baker, Missi Pyle, Brandon Routh, David Anthony Higgins, Geoffrey Lewis and Vivica A. Fox. It premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 10, 2010. She has completed filming the 8 minute length comedy film “Greetings” (2010), where she portrayed Julie.