Catherine Coulson

Known to countless fans as The Log Lady from the landmark series "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-1991), Catherine Coulson was a beloved character actor on both stage and screen. A native of Ashland, Oregon, Coulson met director ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1943 in Ashland, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Redwood Highway 2014 (Movie)

Susie (Actor)

Portlandia: The Brunch Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Calvin Marshall 2010 (Movie)

Caramae (Actor)

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Road Trip: New York 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

Lina (Actor)

The Secret Life of Houses 1992 (Movie)

Head Nurse (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Log Lady (Actor)

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate 1984 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

Trick or Treats 1982 (Movie)

Nurse Reeves (Actor)

The Four Diamonds (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (Tv Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (10)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

assistant camera(Los Angeles) (Assistant Camera Operator)

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Camera

16 Days of Glory: Seoul '88 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Camera Assistant

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Camera Assistant)

Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Bitter Harvest 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Camera Assistant

Coming of Age 1981 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Modern Romance 1981 (Movie)

Assistant Cameraman (Assistant Camera)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

Benny Carter: Symphony in Riffs (TV Show)

Camera Assistant
Producer (2)

Coming of Age 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breakfast in Bed 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Eraserhead 1978 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Known to countless fans as The Log Lady from the landmark series "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-1991), Catherine Coulson was a beloved character actor on both stage and screen. A native of Ashland, Oregon, Coulson met director David Lynch while she was teaching an acting class at the American Film Institute during the early '70s. She and her then-husband, actor Jack Nance, became friends and collaborators with Lynch, who cast Nance in the starring role in his upcoming art house feature "Eraserhead" (1977). Meanwhile, Coulson became an integral part of the film's creation behind the scenes. She helped develop the script, secured funding for the project, operated cameras and microphones during filming, and even acted in a small role in the movie, though her scenes did not end up appearing in the final product. Coulson would use her experience on the film to become one of the few women working on the electrical crews of '70s and '80s Hollywood, working as an assistant or second assistant camera operator on films like "Opening Night" (1977) and the Albert Brooks comedy "Modern Romance" (1981). Coulson would also continue to act, re-teaming with Lynch and her former husband Nance (whom she divorced in 1976) for Lynch's groundbreaking neo-noir series "Twin Peaks." The series found her playing an eccentric local of the titular town, a woman who speaks in enigmas and who is always seen carrying a medium-sized log. Coulson's performance as The Log Lady would make her a cult icon, and she reprised the role for the show's movie companion piece "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" (1992). Subsequently, Coulson began acting in productions for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which she would perform with for 22 seasons. Coulson died on September 28, 2015 at the age of 71.

Relationships

Jack Nance Actor

Husband
Married in 1968 Divorced during filming and post-production of "Eraserhead"

Marc Sirinsky

Husband
Daughter Zoey was born in 1987 Married until Coulson's death on September 28, 2015.

Zoey Sirinsky

Daughter

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

Scripps College

1965

Milestones

2012

Appeared as a marionberry farmer in an episode of sketch comedy series "Portlandia"

2012

Co-starred in indie drama "Walk-In"

2010

Appeared as the Wood Woman in an affectionate parody of "Twin Peaks" on the comedy-drama series "Psych"

1994

Appeared as a nurse in "The Secret Life of Houses"

1992

Reprised role as The Log Lady in "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

1991

Appeared as a nurse in the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy "Another You"

1991

Served as first assistant camera on Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth"

1990

Appeared on "Twin Peaks" as The Log Lady

1982

Served as first assistant camera on "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

1982

Had supporting role as a nurse in horror movie "Trick or Treats"

1981

Served as second assistant camera on Albert Brooks' "Modern Romance"

1977

Served as assistant director and camera assistant on David Lynch's "Eraserhead"

1976

Worked as a camera assistant on John Cassavetes' "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie"

1974

Starred in David Lynch's short film "The Amputee"

Bonus Trivia

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Like her longtime friend David Lynch, Coulson was a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.

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Coulson appeared as a nurse in three different films between 1982 and 1994.

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Met David Lynch while teaching an acting workshop at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles during the 1970s.

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Appeared in several productions with the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara and the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

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Collaborated with David Lynch and her husband at the time, actor Jack Nance, on the film "Eraserhead," performing duties that included helping to develop the script, acting as a second unit director, operating cameras and microphones, securing funding, taking still photographs, and even preparing food for the crew. She was also cast in a small role, but her scenes did not end up appearing in the film.

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In addition to her on-set duties on "Eraserhead," Coulson maintained and cut Nance's distinctive hairstyle for the entire five years that the film was in production.

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Primarily a theatre actor, Coulson was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR from the mid-1990s until her death.

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