A WOMAN OF MYSTERY LOGROLLS TO FAME (People, April 14, 1990)
Catherine Coulson is a little stumped. She doesn't comprehend the fascination with her Twin Peaks character. So what if she's never seen without a piece of wood, or that she's been known to chat with the timber in her arms? "I don't see her as being unusual," declares Coulson. "A log is such a solid thing to carry."
|The Lady of the Log by Patrushka|
Coulson, 44, plays David Lynch's oddest cameo character by far, the mysterious Log Lady, an off-kilter Twin Peaks denizen named for the hunk of ponderosa pine she forever cradles. Two early, fleeting Log Lady appearances - mischievously flipping off the lights at the town meeting in the pilot, then insisting to Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper in the first episode that the log "knows" who killed Laura Palmer-stoked a minicult and made the mystical widow of a woodsman killed in a fire the subject of wide conjecture. (Her mystique branches out a bit this week, when Cooper interrogates the lady - and the log.)
|Twin Peaks / Log Lady Art Print by Sodapop 4 Ponyboy|
Despite the burning curiosity she has aroused, the Los Angeles-based Coulson isn't "quitting my day job." For now, she and husband Marc Sirinsky, a writer, are trying to cope with the demands of her TV fame. Even their 3 year-old daughter. Zoey, has gotten into the act, asking, "Mommy, if you're the Log Lady, can I be the Log Girl?"