Cross at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April 2008
March 25, 1962 |
Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
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).
Cross was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She is one of three daughters of Janet, a teacher, and Mark Cross, a personnel manager. Cross was raised Catholic, and attended Marlborough High School, from where she graduated in 1980. Upon graduating high school, Cross received a half-scholarship to Juilliard, and graduated in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Acting. Cross returned to school in 1997 to earn a master's degree in psychology, which she received from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003.
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. 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.
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 and Cross took a break from acting to focus on motherhood.
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. Cross underwent in vitro fertilization soon after their wedding, which was successful. In February 2007, Cross gave birth to fraternal twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, shortly before her 45th birthday. In 2009, it was announced that Mahoney had been diagnosed with cancer, but he is now in remission.
|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||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)
- 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.
- Keck, William (April 14, 2005). "A soapy coming-out party". USA Today. Retrieved May 11, 2010. "Cross, who was raised Catholic..."
- Goudas, John N. (April 17, 1987). "Marcia Cross' Parents Thought She'd Outgrow Acting Bug". Schenectady Gazette. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- Slewinski, Christy (April 11, 1996). "Just Another Manic Sunday, With The Madwoman Of 'MP'". Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- Marcia Cross- Biography, Yahoo! Movies
- Emily Sheridan (19 March 2013). "She's far from Desperate: Full-time mother Marcia Cross maintains her Hollywood figure as she hits the gym". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Wihlborg, Ulrica."Marcia Cross Gets Married." People. June 24, 2006.
- Tauber, Michelle (April 11, 2007). "Marcia Cross Talks About Motherhood". People. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- Gee, Alison. "Marcia Cross Welcomes Twin Girls" People. February 21, 2007.
- "Us Exclusive: Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross Gets Married". Usmagazine.com. August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Marcia Cross's husband, Tom Mahoney, diagnosed with cancer". People. January 20, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- Marcia Cross' husband is back in full health as they enjoy a fun filled family day out | Mail Online. Dailymail.co.uk (2010-08-30). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
- Finn, Melanie (2012-05-18). Housewives beauty joins Brendan to reveal inside secrets of Wisteria Lane – Entertainment, Frontpage. Herald.ie. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
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