Catherine E. Coulson played an eccentric woman named Margaret Lanterman (a.k.a. “The Log Lady”) who lived in the Northwest town of Twin Peaks at 1400 River Road on the bizarre prime time drama TWIN PEAKS/ABC/1990-91.
Her nickname was derived from the “log” that she carried around with her, much like a child would carry around a doll. She talked to the log and even told FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) that the Log held many secrets for those willing to listen.
Some of her thoughts included: “Shut your eyes & you’ll burst into flames.”; “Fire is the devil, hiding like a coward in the smoke.”; and “My log does not judge.”
Her log (a piece of Ponderosa Pine) was a gift from her firefighter husband on their wedding day. Unfortunately, he died the next day while fighting a forest fire.
A parody of the Log Lady appeared on the cartoon series THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW seen on the NICKELODEON cable channel where a commercial for TWIN PEAKS inspired toys featured a “High Fashion Log for Girls” with the promo “I’m gonna dress mine up like a bride.”
In June 1993, the BRAVO Network ran (ad free) weekly episodes of this cult series hosted by the Log Lady in segments written and directed by David Lynch.
In 1992, Coulson reprised her small-screen role in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the big screen prequel to the TV series.
Note: Born October 22, 1943 in Elmhurst, Illinois, actress Catherine Coulson, (“The Log Lady”) died of cancer on September 28, 2015 in Ashland, Oregon. She was 71. Her character reappeared on the 2017 reboot of the TWIN PEAKS series.
See also – “The Potato Man“