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Emy Coligado (born June 5, 1971) is an American actress, known for her role as Piama Tananahaakna on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.
Coligado was born in Geneva, Ohio, and lived in Borger in the Texas Panhandle. She attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she studied psychology. Although she had no significant acting background, Coligado saw a Broadway production of the musical Miss Saigon shortly before her 1993 college graduation and, after earning her degree, traveled to New York City to pursue acting and music. She landed a role in the 1st National Tour company before joining the show's Broadway cast; she also performed in a Stuttgart-based German production of the musical.
Coligado moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue an acting career and appeared in minor roles in short films and television dramas. In 2001, she landed a recurring role as Emmy, the medical examiner's assistant, on the drama Crossing Jordan and, in 2002, she was cast in a regular supporting role (as Piama, Francis' wife) on the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. In 2007, she appeared in a commercial for Soyjoy. Coligado also appears on NBC's web series CTRL. She also played Ling in The Three Stooges.
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