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Born as Megan Sloan Parlen in Los Angeles, California, she started her acting career at the age of three when she appeared in a television commercial for milk. She is probably best known for her role as Mary-Beth Pepperton in the comedy series Hang Time on which she worked between 1995 and 2001. For this role she won a Young Star Award in the category Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Saturday Morning TV Program in 1997 and two nominations in the same category in 1998 and 1999. Following the ending of Hang Time, Parlen attended the college and earned her Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the USC Anneberg.
Besides her work on Hang Time and Star Trek, Parlen was featured in the comedy Walk Like a Man (1987, with Christopher Lloyd, Earl Boen, and Ellen Albertini Dow), the television drama Sisters (1990, with Daphne Ashbrook, David Bowe, Robert Beltran, and Gary Werntz), the western drama My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991, with Clarence Williams III), the animated short film Snoopy's Reunion (1991), and the television drama Dad, the Angel & Me (1995, with Jane Carr, Paul Collins and Edward Penn).
Parlen also appeared on several television series including episodes of Hardball (1989, with Harvey Jason, Marcelo Tubert and Valerie Wildman and directed by Larry Shaw), L.A. Law (1990, with Corbin Bernsen, Larry Drake, Nicolas Surovy, Craig Wasson, Jennifer Hetrick, Maryann Plunkett, Diana Muldaur, and Warren Munson), Boy Meets World (1993, with Katie Jane Johnston), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994, with Teri Hatcher, Tracy Scoggins, K Callan, Brian George, Claudette Nevins, and Bradley Pierce), Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1996, with Richard Lee Jackson and Gregg Daniel), and Something So Right (1997).
While studying at college, Parlen worked as voice actress and lent her voice to the video games Elysium (2003, with Cam Clarke, Michael Gough, and Kevin Michael Richardson), Gladius (2003, with Jason Marsden, Charles Dennis, Grey DeLisle, Robin Atkin Downes, Keith Szarabajka, and Keone Young), Underground (2003, with Larry Cedar, Matt E. Levin, and Larc Spies), and Nicktoons Movin' Eye Toy (2004).
Following her graduation, she has been working as documentary producer. Her credits include This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006), Young Scientist Challenge (2009), episodes of Popular Science's Future of (2009), National Geographic Explorer (2010), and Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole (2010-2011), and the television documentary Vanished from Alcatraz (2011).