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Catherine E. Coulson

Catherine E. Coulson

Catherine E. Coulson is an American stage and screen actress who also works behind the scenes on various independent films. She is best known for her role as the Log Lady in the David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks.

Coulson met Lynch in the 1970s and performed various behind the scenes functions during the five year filming of his low budget classic Eraserhead (1978). She also appeared in Lynch's short film The Amputee (1974), in which she played a woman with no legs. During the filming of Eraserhead, Lynch told Coulson that he had an image in his head of her holding a large log. Fifteen years later, he created such a role for her in Twin Peaks.

Coulson was married to Jack Nance, who played the lead in Eraserhead and later played Pete Martell in Twin Peaks, but they divorced in 1976.

Coulson is now primarily a theatre actor and has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the last decade.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Catherine E. Coulson Facts


Selected Filmography

Psych: A Twin Peaks Gathering: Cast Members Live at the Paley Center
A Voyage to Twin Peaks
Another You
David Lynch presents... I Don't Know Jack
The Short Films of David Lynch
I Don't Know Jack
Femme Fatale
Twin Peaks
Private Practices
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