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Marcia Cross


Birth name:

Marcia Anne Cross




Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Desperate Housewives


5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Marcia Cross - Biography


Marcia Anne Cross (born March 25, 1962) is an American actress best known for her television roles as Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives and Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place.

Cross graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, and earned a master's degree in psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She began her television career in 1984 on the soap opera The Edge of Night. She then moved from New York to Los Angeles, and soon landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jessie James, co-starring with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. In 1986 she joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live, where she played Kate Sanders, until 1987.
In 1991, Cross guest-starred on the 13th season of Knots Landing as the wife of Pierce Lawton (Bruce Greenwood). She spent a lot of her screen-time on the show confronting Paige Matheson, played by her future Desperate Housewives co-star Nicollette Sheridan.
In 1992, Cross was cast as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the FOX drama series Melrose Place. Initially cast for one season, she so impressed the producers that they kept bringing her back for more episodes, although she didn't become a full-fledged cast member in the opening credits until the fourth season. Cross' character started off as a love interest for the character of Dr. Michael Mancini, but gradually became more and more mentally unbalanced, providing some of the show's most memorable moments, which included blowing up the apartment building, trying to kill Michael, and stealing her neighbor Jo's baby. She left the show in 1997, after five seasons, with her character dying.
After leaving Melrose Place, Cross guest-starred on series such as Seinfeld, where she played Jerry's dermatologist girlfriend Dr. Sitarides (whom he mocked as "Pimple Popper M.D."), and Cheers, where she portrayed Susan Howe, the younger sister to Kirstie Alley's character, Rebecca Howe. She also appeared on the comedies Boy Meets World, Ally McBeal, Spin City, It's Garry Shandling's Show and King of Queens. Her dramatic roles include appearances on CSI, Profiler, Everwood and Touched by an Angel.
In 2003, prior to her role on Desperate Housewives, Cross spent a season starring as Linda Abbott on WB's critically-acclaimed series, Everwood.
In 2004, Cross landed the role of Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC dramedy series Desperate Housewives.
On stage, Cross has performed in La Ronde at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Twelfth Night, or What You Will at the Hartford Stage Company, and in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Old Globe in San Diego. Her film credits include Living in Fear, Always Say Good-bye, Dancing in September, Bad Influence, and Female Perversions.
In November 2005, Cross appeared on the cover of the newly launched Psychologies magazine in the United Kingdom where she discussed her passion for psychology and therapy.

Cross was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the daughter of Janet, a teacher, and Mark Cross, a personnel manager.
She was the long time companion of actor Richard Jordan. Jordan was twenty-five years older than Cross. Jordan died from a brain tumor in 1993.
Cross and Tom Mahoney (b. 1958), a stock broker whom she had been dating for six months, were married on June 24, 2006, in front of 200 guests at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Parish in San Gabriel, California.
On September 6, 2006, she announced that she was pregnant and due in April 2007 and on September 20 she revealed that she was expecting twins. On January 11, 2007, Cross was placed on precautionary bedrest until their delivery, requiring her to suspend her Desperate Housewives acting duties. Cross did not want to give up working, even bringing the entire cast and crew to her home to shoot some scenes in her very own bedroom. Cross's bedroom was painted to look like Bree's. On February 20, 2007, Cross gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Eden and Savannah at a Los Angeles hospital, shortly before Cross' 45th birthday.
In an exclusive People interview, she revealed that she underwent in vitro fertilization soon after her wedding. Both children were baptized at Trinity Episcopal Church. Cross's sister is singer songwriter, Ellen Cross.
In September 2008, Cross stated in an interview that she was "in heaven right now" looking after her newborn twins, but also stated that she has a desire to adopt a child in the near future. In December 2008, it was announced that Cross will become the face of Mott's apple sauce. These commercials began airing in March 2009. On January 20, 2009, it was announced that Cross's husband had been diagnosed with cancer.


Marcia Cross - Personal Quotes


(Referring to the huge success of "Desperate Housewives" (2004)) "The show has only been on, for like, 5 minutes, give it some time to settle in".

About Madonna: "We used to swim at the same pool. She'd get out and put all this jewelry on-and I'd go home with my wet hair." (In Style magazine, Sept/ 2006)

"I think beauty comes from being happy and connected to the people we love."

"I'm really thrilled that I met someone that I want to spend the rest of my life with."

"I never thought I would live Kimberly Shaw down. So the fact that I've got another character, very different, under my belt is great."


Marcia Cross - Filmography


"Desperate Housewives" .... Bree Hodge / ... (129 episodes, 2004-2010)
- The Chase (2010) TV episode .... Bree Hodge
- Lovely (2010) TV episode .... Bree Hodge
- The Glamorous Life (2010) TV episode .... Bree Hodge
- How About a Friendly Shrink? (2010) TV episode .... Bree Hodge
- You Gotta Get a Gimmick (2010) TV episode .... Bree Hodge
(124 more)
Just Peck (2009) .... Cheryl Peck
"Everwood" .... Dr. Linda Abbott (18 episodes, 2003-2004)
... aka Our New Life in Everwood (UK: new syndication title)
- Do or Die (2004) TV episode .... Dr. Linda Abbott
- Sick (2004) TV episode .... Dr. Linda Abbott
- Last Looks (2004) TV episode .... Dr. Linda Abbott
- Unfinished Business (2004) TV episode .... Dr. Linda Abbott
- Unspoken Truths (2004) TV episode .... Dr. Linda Abbott
(13 more)
The Wind Effect (2003) .... Molly
"The King of Queens" .... Debi (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
- Golden Moldy (2003) TV episode .... Debi
- Window Pained (2002) TV episode .... Debi
Bank (2002) .... American actress
... aka Banka (Turkey: Turkish title)
Eastwick (2002) (TV) .... Jane Spofford
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Julia Fairmont (1 episode, 2001)
... aka CSI: Las Vegas (South Africa: English title: informal alternative title) (USA: syndication title)
... aka C.S.I. (USA: short title)
... aka CSI: Weekends (USA: promotional title)
... aka Les experts (Canada: French title)
- Organ Grinder (2001) TV episode .... Julia Fairmont
Living in Fear (2001) .... Rebecca Hausman
"Strong Medicine" .... Linda Loren (1 episode, 2001)
- Impaired (2001) TV episode .... Linda Loren
"Ally McBeal" .... Myra Robbins (1 episode, 2000)
- Girls' Night Out (2000) TV episode .... Myra Robbins
"Spin City" .... Joan Calvin (1 episode, 2000)
- Hello Charlie (2000) TV episode .... Joan Calvin
"Profiler" .... Pamela Martin (1 episode, 2000)
- Proteus (2000) TV episode .... Pamela Martin
Dancing in September (2000) .... Lydia Gleason
"Touched by an Angel" .... Lauren (1 episode, 1999)
- The Whole Truth and Nothing But... (1999) TV episode .... Lauren
"Boy Meets World" .... Rhiannon Lawrence (4 episodes, 1999)
- It's About Time (1999) TV episode .... Rhiannon Lawrence
- No Such Thing as a Sure Thing (1999) TV episode .... Rhiannon Lawrence
- For Love and Apartments (1999) TV episode .... Rhiannon Lawrence
- Show Me the Love (1999) TV episode .... Rhiannon Lawrence
"The Outer Limits" .... Katherine 'Kate' Woods (1 episode, 1999)
... aka The New Outer Limits (USA: promotional title)
- Summit (1999) TV episode .... Katherine 'Kate' Woods
Target Earth (1998) (TV) .... Karen Mackaphe
... aka Taken Away (USA: alternative title)
"Seinfeld" .... Sara (1 episode, 1997)
- The Slicer (1997) TV episode .... Sara
"Melrose Place" .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw / ... (114 episodes, 1992-1997)
- The Dead Wives Club (1997) TV episode .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
- Last Exit to Ohio (1997) TV episode .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
- From Here to Maternity (1997) TV episode .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
- 101 Damnations (1997) TV episode .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
- Screams from a Marriage (1997) TV episode .... Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
(109 more)
"Ned and Stacey" .... Diana Huntley (3 episodes, 1997)
- Scenes from a Muffin Shop (1997) TV episode .... Diana Huntley
- Sex, Lies, and Commercials (????) TV episode .... Diana Huntley
- The Errand Girl (????) TV episode .... Diana Huntley
All She Ever Wanted (1996) (TV) .... Rachel Stockman
Female Perversions (1996) .... Beth Stephens
... aka Phantasien einer Frau (Germany)
Always Say Goodbye (1996) .... Anne Kidwell
... aka A Little Romance (USA: reissue title)
... aka Desperate Housewife: The Early Years (UK: DVD title)
"Burke's Law" .... Leslie Dolan (1 episode, 1995)
- Who Killed the Highest Bidder? (1995) TV episode .... Leslie Dolan
Mother's Day (1995) (TV) .... Denise
Ripple (1995) .... Ali
M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994) (TV) .... Carla
"Raven" .... Carla Dellatory (1 episode, 1993)
- Death Games (1993) TV episode .... Carla Dellatory
"Herman's Head" .... Princess Gillian (1 episode, 1992)
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1992) TV episode .... Princess Gillian
"Knots Landing" .... Victoria Broyelard (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
- Little Girl Lost (1992) TV episode .... Victoria Broyelard
- Do You Love Me? (1992) TV episode .... Victoria Broyelard
- Sea of Love (1992) TV episode .... Victoria Broyelard
- Trials and Tribulations (1992) TV episode .... Victoria Broyelard
- Dedicated to the One I Love (1992) TV episode .... Victoria Broyelard
(16 more)
"Murder, She Wrote" .... Marci Bowman (1 episode, 1992)
- Ever After (1992) TV episode .... Marci Bowman
"Pros and Cons" .... Lynn (1 episode, 1991)
- Murder Most Perfect (1991) TV episode .... Lynn
"Jake and the Fatman" .... Lover (1 episode, 1991)
- You Don't Know Me (1991) TV episode .... Lover
Storm and Sorrow (1990) (TV) .... Marty Hoy
Bad Influence (1990) .... Ruth Fielding
"Quantum Leap" .... Stephanie Heywood (1 episode, 1990)
- Good Night, Dear Heart - November 9, 1957 (1990) TV episode .... Stephanie Heywood
"Booker" .... Sherrie Binford (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
... aka Booker, P.I.
- Fixer Upper (1990) TV episode
- Raising Arrizola (1989) TV episode .... Sherrie Binford
"Doctor Doctor" .... Lesley North (1 episode, 1989)
- Bachelor Doctor (1989) TV episode .... Lesley North
"Who's the Boss?" .... Kelly (1 episode, 1989)
- Mother and Child Disunion (1989) TV episode .... Kelly
Just Temporary (1989) (TV) .... Amy
"Cheers" .... Susan Howe (1 episode, 1989)
- Sisterly Love (1989) TV episode .... Susan Howe
"It's Garry Shandling's Show." .... Christine (1 episode, 1989)
- Ruth's Place (1989) TV episode .... Christine
"Almost Grown" .... Lesley Foley (1 episode, 1988)
- Pilot (1988) TV episode .... Lesley Foley
"One Life to Live" (1968) TV series .... Katheryn "Kate" Sanders (unknown episodes, 1986-1987)
"Another World" (1964) TV series .... Tanya (unknown episodes, 1986)
... aka Another World: Bay City
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986) (TV) .... Anne Bingham
"Tales from the Darkside" .... Marie Alcott (1 episode, 1986)
- Strange Love (1986) TV episode .... Marie Alcott
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986) (TV) .... Sarah Hite
Pros & Cons (1986) (TV) .... Lynn Erskine
Brass (1985) (TV) .... Victoria Willis
... aka Police Brass
"The Edge of Night" (1956) TV series .... Liz Correll (unknown episodes, 1984)
... aka Edge of Night (USA: last season title)


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