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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 September 1959Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMary Frances Crosby
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mary Crosby was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant. She received her Actor's Equity card, at the age of four, and made her first professional appearances, in the company of her siblings, in her father's popular Christmas-season TV specials of the 60s and 70s. After graduating from high school at age 15, she entered the University of Texas at Austin, where she became a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Ms. Crosby may be best-known for her role as "Kristin Shepard" on the now legendary television drama series, Dallas (1978). Ms. Crosby feature film credits include Henry Jaglom's Eating (1990), The Ice Pirates (1984), Tapeheads (1988), The Legend of Zorro (2005) and more recently, Jaglom's Queen of the Lot (2010), in which she played Peter Bogdanovich's wife. She followed that with Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2012) and, most recently, The M Word (2014). Ms. Crosby has many stage credits to her name, including "The Seagull" ( Nina), "As You Like It", "Two Gentleman of Verona" and "Romeo and Juliet". Ms. Crosby's many television credits include the ABC miniseries, Hollywood Wives (1985), North and South, Book II (1986) and Stagecoach (1986), with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Ms. Crosby resides on a ranch, outside of Los Angeles, with her family, husband Mark Brodka and their two sons.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: All-Media PR

Spouse (2)

Mark Brodka (1998 - present) (2 children)
Eb Lottimer (24 November 1978 - 1989) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Daughter of Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant
Best known as the person who shot J.R. in her role of Kristen Shepherd, in Dallas (1978).
Middle sister of Harry Crosby and Nathaniel Crosby.
Entered the University of Texas at Austin at 15, but dropped out after a year and a half to study at the American Conservatory Theatre in Los Angeles.
Graduated high school at 15.
Is fluent in Spanish.
Cousin of Chris Crosby and Cathy Crosby
Younger half-sister of Gary Crosby, Lindsay Crosby, Phillip Crosby and Dennis Crosby.
Niece of Bob Crosby
Member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Theta Zeta chapter at the University of Texas at Austin.
She made cult TV history by enacting the role of "Kristin Shepard" (Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister) on the TV series Dallas (1978). Her character was one of several suspects in the 1980 cliffhanger ending. Shot by an unknown assailant, viewers had to wait the entire summer (and most of the fall due to a Hollywood actors' strike) to learn who J.R.'s assailant was. During the summer, the question, "Who shot J.R.?", was part of water cooler conversations around the world. Ultimately, Crosby's character was revealed as the culprit in the classic episode, Dallas: Who Done It? (1980), that aired on November 21, 1980. It was one of the highest-rated episodes of a TV show ever aired. Crosby's character later crossed over to the TV series, Knots Landing (1979), and then returned to Dallas (1978) in 1981, where she was eventually found drowned in the Southfork Ranch swimming pool.
Acting since she was four, she made her first theatrical appearance with her mother in a production of Peter Pan and later, in the company of her siblings in her father's popular Christmas-season TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s.
Her father once appeared on a Barbara Walters program threatening to disown Mary if she ever lived with a man before marrying him. He died in October 1977 and Mary went on live with her first husband, Eb Lottimer before they married in November of 1978.
Got her Actor's Equity card at the age of four.
Aunt of Gregory Crosby.
Gave birth to her 1st child with her 2nd husband Mark Brodka. [1999]
Gave birth to her 2nd child with her 2nd husband Mark Brodka. [2002]

Personal Quotes (4)

[on Bing Crosby] I've never met anyone in the profession who was so unconcerned about his work. I don't mean he was unprofessional. Quite the contrary. It's just that once he finished a movie or a performance, that was that. He never watched his old movies on TV, always preferring to look at a baseball match, instead.
I don't think poor Daddy had the vaguest idea of what to do with a girl. He'd had four sons on his first marriage, and I was wedged between Harry and Nathaniel and was a terrible tomboy, beating both of them up until I was eleven -- when they started to beat ME up. Daddy would treat me like a boy -- teaching me to shoot, taking me on safaris to Africa -- and then turn around and get wonderfully befuddled by what he'd just done. 'Wait a minute, I can't take her duck hunting: she's a girl!' And 'What the heck is she doing out there playing football? Oh, yeah ... that's right ... I taught her.'
I used to give part answers until I realized people could see through them, that there was much more dignity -- for everyone -- in telling the truth.
The best feedback I ever got on shooting J.R. Ewing was from this angelic little old English lady, who said, 'Why didn't you shoot lower?'

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