Marcia Cross

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Marcia Cross
Life Ball 2014 red carpet 080 Marcia Cross.jpg
Marcia Cross in 2014
Born (1962-03-25) March 25, 1962 (age 52)
Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Tom Mahoney
Children 2

Marcia Anne Cross (born March 25, 1962) is an American television actress known for her roles as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Fox soap opera Melrose Place (1992–1997), and Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012).

Early life[edit]

Cross was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She is one of three daughters of Janet, a teacher, and Mark Cross, a personnel manager.[1] Cross was raised Catholic,[2] and attended Marlborough High School, from where she graduated in 1980. Upon graduating high school, Cross received a half-scholarship to Juilliard,[3] and graduated in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Acting.[4] Cross returned to school in 1997 to earn a master's degree in psychology, which she received from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003.[1]


Cross began her television career in 1984 on the soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the recurring role of Liz Correll. Afterwards, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and soon landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, co-starring with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. In 1986, she joined the cast of the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, where she played the role of Kate Sanders, until 1987. She followed this with guest-starring roles on primetime shows such as Who's the Boss?, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing and Cheers.

In 1992, Cross won the role Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the FOX's primetime soap opera Melrose Place. Initially cast for one episode, she so impressed the producers that they kept bringing her back. She left in the fifth season. She also appeared on the episodes of sitcoms, such as Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Ally McBeal, Spin City and King of Queens. Her dramatic roles include appearances on CSI, Strong Medicine, Profiler and Touched by an Angel.[5] Her film credits include independent movies Bad Influence (1990), Always Say Goodbye (1996), Just Peck (2009) and Bringing Up Bobby (2011). In 2003, Cross spent a season co-starring as Linda Abbott on WB's series Everwood.[5]

In 2004, Cross won the role Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives. The show was the breakout hit of the 2004–05 television season, and Cross was nominated for several awards for her role, including an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning two with cast). She also received a Satellite Award for her performance in the show's second season. The series ran for eight seasons until it concluded in 2012. In 2014, after two years on hiatus, Cross co-starred as lead character mother in the Fox unsuccessful comedy pilot Fatrick.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Cross was the long-time companion of actor Richard Jordan, who was 25 years her senior. Jordan died from a brain tumor in 1993. She later married stockbroker Tom Mahoney in 2006.[7] Cross underwent in vitro fertilization soon after their wedding, which was successful.[8] In February 2007, Cross gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, shortly before her 45th birthday.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Edge of Night, TheThe Edge of Night Liz Correll Daytime soap opera
1985 Brass Victoria Willis TV Movie
1986 Pros & Cons Lynn Erskine TV Movie
1986 Tales from the Darkside Marie Alcott Episode: "Strange Love"
1986 Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, TheThe Last Days of Frank and Jesse James Sarah Hite TV Movie
1986 Another World Tanya Daytime soap opera
1986–1987 One Life to Live Kate Sanders Daytime soap opera, series regular
1988 Almost Grown Lesley Foley Episode: "Pilot"
1989 Cheers Susan Howe Episode: "Sisterly Love"
1990 Storm and Sorrow Marty Hoey TV Movie
1990 Quantum Leap Stephanie Heywood Episode: "Good Night, Dear Heart"
1990 Bad Influence Ruth Fielding
1991–1992 Knots Landing Victoria Broyelard 7 episodes
1992 Murder, She Wrote Marci Bowman Episode: "Ever After"
1992–1997 Melrose Place Kimberly Shaw Recurring in seasons 1-3, series regular in 4 and 5, 114 episodes
1996 Ripple Ali Short film
1996 Always Say Goodbye Anne Kidwell Direct-to-video
1996 Female Perversions Beth Stephens Small role
1996 All She Ever Wanted Rachel Stockman TV Movie
1997 Seinfeld Dr. Sara Sitarides Episode: "The Slicer"
1997 Ned & Stacey Diana Huntley 3 episodes
1998 Target Earth Karen Mackaphe TV Movie
1999 Touched by an Angel Lauren Episode: "The Whole Truth and Nothing But"
1999 Boy Meets World Rhiannon Lawrence 3 episodes
1999 The Outer Limits Kate Woods Episode: "Summit"
2000 Dancing in September Lydia Gleason TV Movie
2000 Profiler Pamela Martin Episode: "Proteus"
2000 Hello Charlie Joan Episode: "Organ Grinder"
2001 Living in Fear Rebecca Hausman TV Movie
2001 Strong Medicine Linda Loren Episode: "Impaired"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julia Fairmont Episode: "Organ Grinder"
2002-2003 The King of Queens Debi Episodes: "Window Pain" and "Golden Moldy"
2003–2004 Everwood Dr. Linda Abbott Recurring role, 18 episodes
2009 Just Peck Cheryl Peck Direct-to-video
2011 Bringing Up Bobby Mary
2004–2012 Desperate Housewives Bree Van de Kamp Series regular, 173 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2006)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2005)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005–2007)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–2009)
Nominated – TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2005)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2005)
Nominated – Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series (2005, 2007, 2009)


  1. ^ a b Reed, J.D. (December 15, 2003). "Health Change: Melrose Place Alum Marcia Cross Trades Bad Medicine for Good on Everwood". People. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Keck, William (April 14, 2005). "A soapy coming-out party". USA Today. Retrieved May 11, 2010. Cross, who was raised Catholic... 
  3. ^ Goudas, John N. (April 17, 1987). "Marcia Cross' Parents Thought She'd Outgrow Acting Bug". Schenectady Gazette. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Slewinski, Christy (April 11, 1996). "Just Another Manic Sunday, With The Madwoman Of 'MP'". Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Marcia Cross- Biography, Yahoo! Movies
  6. ^ "Marcia Cross Makes TV Return With Starring Role In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Fatrick’". Deadline. December 19, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica."Marcia Cross Gets Married." People. June 24, 2006.
  8. ^ Tauber, Michelle (April 11, 2007). "Marcia Cross Talks About Motherhood". People. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Gee, Alison. "Marcia Cross Welcomes Twin Girls" People. February 21, 2007.
  10. ^ "Us Exclusive: Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross Gets Married". August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 

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