Born June 12, 1964 in Rockville, Maryland, Paula Marshall didn’t originally want a career in showbiz. She graduated from Robert E. Peary High School in 1982, and developed her passion for photography instead. She did, however, land roles in several television productions, but most of the series she was in were canceled in less than one season. During the early 1990s, she made her appearances in True Blue, Superboy, and Life Goes On. She soon gained fame in her guest-starring role in The Wonder Years, playing Bonnie Douglas for three episodes. She was next seen on an episode of Seinfeld, and followed this up with TV movies like Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 and A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives. Other series she has had roles in are Nash Bridges, Diagnosis Murder and Grapevine. She received her first sitcom role in 1994, playing Shelly Thomas in the short-lived Wild Oats.
Paula Marshall was in several B-movies, including The New Age, A Family Thing and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. She landed her next series role in 1997’s Chicago Sons, and also had a recurring role on Spin City. She was next seen opposite Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in the film That Old Feeling that year. Marshall was jumping from one series to the next, being a main cast member or a guest star. Most of the shows she appeared in were immediately canceled or had rejected pilot episodes. This earned her the reputation of being a “showkiller.” Marshall was next seen on Rob Thomas’ Cupid, which developed a small fan base but was eventually canceled. She was soon seen in the comedy series Sports Night, and, after a break from the camera, became a guest star on Just Shoot Me! Marshall also landed a role in the remake of Cheaper by the Dozen, which starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Marshall continued her guest-starring stints, appearing on canceled shows like Hidden Hills, Alicia Silverstone’s Miss Match, the drama Veronica Mars, and received a main role in Out of Practice. She was soon cast in the FX series Nip/Tuck and joined James Woods in 2008’s crime drama Shark. That year, she signed on to play Allison in Gary Unmarried, a comedy created by Ed Yeager.