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Marcia Cross Biography
Marcia Cross was born on March 25, 1962, in Marlborough, Massachusetts. As a child, Marcia always wanted to be an actress, so she set out to have a career in acting. Cross graduated from Julliard School in New York, a naturally gifted girl. Her career began in 1984, when she joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night. After six months, the show ended its 28-year run. The following year, in 1985, she starred opposite 'Carroll O'Connor (I)' in the television film Brass. Then, in 1986 she landed the lead role in Pros & Cons with comedienne Sheryl Lee Ralph. She kept busy by starring in The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James with many famous figures in Hollywood - including June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. Marcia's career was looking up when she was cast as Kate Roberts in another daytime soap opera, One Life to Live, and as Tanya in Another World. Marcia was then seen opposite Tim Daly in the 1988 tear-jerker romance _Almost Grown (1988) (TV)_. _Almost Grown (1988) (TV)_ was a television pilot that never got picked up, but is still very acclaimed to this day. Marcia was then cast as Ruth Fielding in Bad Influence, a 1990 thriller that starred Cross, Rob Lowe, and James Spader. She joined the cast of Knots Landing - an incredibly famous nighttime soap opera in 1991. After a year, she left to do work on a new television series called Melrose Place.

She was cast as the psychotic Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the hit prime time drama series. The show was a pop culture phenomenon, going down in history as one of the most entertaining and memorable shows of the 1990s. Marcia, who was starring opposite Heather Locklear, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and others, emerged as the fan favorite of the show. Then, in 1993, her longtime companion and fiancÚ Richard Jordan died. Marcia reigned on, starring in films like Female Perversions opposite Tilda Swinton and Always Say Goodbye opposite Emmy-nominee Polly Draper, throughout her long run on "Melrose". In 1997, she left the show in order to get her Master's Degree in Psychology.

Well, Marcia succeeded and got her Master's in Psychology. From 1997 to 2003, she continued to act regularly. She starred in Dancing in September - a critically acclaimed film, got herself the lead role in Living in Fear, starred in The Wind Effect - a disturbing film about family, and even filmed Eastwick, a TV pilot that never was picked up. Eastwick was based on The Witches of Eastwick, a film made in 1987, and Marcia was cast in the Susan Sarandon role.

She got back into the public eye by joining the cast of the critically-acclaimed television series Everwood with Treat Williams. After a year on the show, she left it when she was auditioned for Desperate Housewives, a new TV series. In 2004, Marcia was cast as Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives, which went on to be a monster-hit with the critics and audiences. "Housewives" immediately became the number one show in America, earning Cross well-deserved critical kudos for her brilliantly convincing performance on the show. Her career was completely re-launched - she was appearing in the media, on the biggest show in America, and once again emerging as the fan and critics' favorite on the show. Marcia began to be nominated for very prestigious awards - including the Emmy award, Golden Globe, Golden Satellite award, and a Television Critics' Association Award. Marcia even won a Screen Actors Guild award in 2005. She continues to act on the hit show, and has become an A-lister and well appreciated actress.



Trivia
Education: Was graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, and Earned master's degree in psychology at LA's Antioch University.
Played a doctor on "Melrose Place" (1992), "Everwood" (2002) and episode #9.7 of "Seinfeld" (1990).
Nominated for her first awards in 2004 - Golden Globe, Golden Satelitte Award, TV Guide Award and SAG Award.
She and her future "Desperate Housewives" (2004) co-star, Brenda Strong, both starred in "Everwood" (2002). Strong guest-starred in a few episodes while Cross was a steady cast-member from 2003-2004. They never were in the same episodes. They also both guest-starred in different episodes of "Ally McBeal" (1997).
Engaged to stockbroker, Tom Mahoney (b. 1958), in August, 2005.
She and "Desperate Housewives" (2004) co-star Teri Hatcher both made guest appearances on "Seinfeld" (1990) as prospective girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld.
Placed 91 on People Magazine's List Of "The 100 Most Beautiful People In The World" In 2006.
Married Tom Mahoney in San Gabriel, California at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Parish
Her sister Susan was maid of honor at her wedding to Mahoney and her nephew Jared the ring bearer. Her other sister Ellen sang the song "Only Love Remains" for Marcia and her husband.
She and her husband, Tom Mahoney, are expecting their first child in Spring 2007
Cross, along with her "Desperate Housewives" (2004) cast mates Brenda Strong and Teri Hatcher, has guest-starred on "Seinfeld" (1990) unlike the other two, though, Cross only appeared in one episode.
Has an older sister named Susan and a younger sister named Ellen.
Her favorite charity is the Panzi Hospital in East Congo.
Practices yoga with Kelly Rutherford and Lisa Rinna.
Missed seven episodes of "Desperate Housewives" (2004), near the end of the 2006-07 season, due to her maternity leave.
Source provided by imdb (Copyright) - The Internet Movie Database.

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