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Date of Birth 25 March 1962Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameMarcia Anne Cross
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Marcia Anne 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 the 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 (1956). After six months, the show ended its 28-year run. The following year, in 1985, she starred opposite Carroll O'Connor in the television film Brass (1985). Then she landed the lead role in Pros & Cons (1986) with comedienne Sheryl Lee Ralph. She kept busy by starring in The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986) 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 (1968), and as Tanya in Another World (1964). Marcia was then seen opposite Tim Daly in the tearjerker romance Almost Grown (1988). Almost Grown (1988) 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 (1990), a thriller that starred Cross, Rob Lowe and James Spader.

She joined the cast of Knots Landing (1979) - an incredibly famous nighttime soap opera in 1991. After a year, she left to do work on a new television series called Melrose Place (1992). She was cast as the psychotic Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the prime-time soap opera. 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 her longtime companion and fiancé, Richard Jordan, died in 1993. Marcia reigned on, starring in films like Female Perversions (1996) opposite Tilda Swinton and Always Say Goodbye (1997) opposite Emmy-nominee Polly Draper, throughout her long run on "Melrose Place". In 1997, she left the show in order to get her Master's Degree in Psychology. From 1997 to 2003, she continued to act regularly. She starred in Dancing in September (2000)

  • a critically acclaimed film, got herself the lead role in


Living in Fear (2001), starred in The Wind Effect (2003)
  • a disturbing film about family, and even filmed


Eastwick (2002), a television pilot that never was picked up. Eastwick (2002) was based on the film The Witches of Eastwick (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 (2002) with Treat Williams. After a year on the show, she left it when she auditioned for a new television series, Desperate Housewives (2004). In 2004, Marcia was cast as Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives (2004), which went on to be a monster-hit with the critics and audiences. 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ek025

Spouse (1)

Tom Mahoney (24 June 2006 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Red hair and blue eyes
Prominent brow

Trivia (25)

Received her Bachelor's degree in Acting from the Juilliard School in New York City (1984).
Received her Master's degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles (2003).
Has played a doctor on Melrose Place (1992), Everwood (2002) and the Seinfeld (1989) episode Seinfeld: The Slicer (1997).
Longtime companion of Richard Jordan, until his death in 1993; since then, she did not date anyone seriously, until her engagement in 2005.
Nominated for her first awards in 2004 - Golden Globe, Golden Satelitte Award, TV Guide Award and SAG Award.
Was the last of the four main actresses of Desperate Housewives (2004) to get married for the first time in real-life.
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).
Placed 28 on VH1's list of "The 40 Hottest People Over 40" in 2005.
Placed 20 on E! Television's list of "The 50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime" for playing Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place (1992).
She and Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Teri Hatcher both made guest appearances on Seinfeld (1989) as prospective girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld.
Has suffered from migraine headaches since the age of 14. She is a paid spokesperson for GlaxoSmithKline's migraine medication. She says she takes the medication when the first signs of the onset of migraine occur. With the medication, the pain is bearable and rarely lasts more than five hours. Without the medication, the pain completely wipes her out for up to a full day.
Ranked #91 on People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2006).
Was named the Most Beautiful Person at the 2005 Emmy Awards.
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.
During a 2005 interview with the Desperate Housewives (2004) stars, she was visibly delighted when Jamie Theakston pronounced her name as "Mar-see-ah". Cross turned to her co-star, Eva Longoria, and stated that she loves the way British people pronounce her name. It was revealed that although most Americans called her "Marsha", her co-star Longoria calls her "Mar-see-ah".
Cross, along with her Desperate Housewives (2004) castmates Brenda Strong and Teri Hatcher, has guest-starred on Seinfeld (1989) 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.
Named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
Practices yoga with Kelly Rutherford and Lisa Rinna.
Was considered for the role of Madeleine White in Inside Man (2006), but was not able to due to her commitment to the television series Desperate Housewives (2004). Jodie Foster got the role.
Missed seven episodes of Desperate Housewives (2004), near the end of the 2006-2007 season, due to her maternity leave.
Was 7 months pregnant with her twins Savannah and Eden when she completed filming the third series of Desperate Housewives (2004).
Her friend, Dana Delany, was the original choice for the role of Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives (2004). Delany was later cast as Katherine Mayfair.
Gave birth to twin daughters (her first and second child) at age 44, Savannah Rose Mahoney and Eden Geneva Mahoney on February 20, 2007 about two months prematurely after she was on a rest bed since January. They were conceived via IFV. Children's father is her husband, Tom Mahoney.

Personal Quotes (7)

[on the huge success of Desperate Housewives (2004)] The show has only been on, for like, five minutes; give it some time to settle in.
[on 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, September 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.
My little secret is that every once in a while, I'll drive to the yogurt store and sit and eat it in the car.
Sorry, I'd much rather be gay than sleep with you just to prove I wasn't.

Salary (3)

Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2009-10)
Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2010-11)
Desperate Housewives (2004) Season 2 - $250,000 per episode

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