Marcia Cross Biography (1962-)

marcia-cross. Born on March 25, 1962, in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Currently seen on the hit series Desperate Housewives, plays the uptight, perfectionist homemaker Bree Van De Kamp. Her love of acting developed after she appeared in her first school play. Cross went on to study at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City.

At the start of her professional career, Marcia Cross appeared in stage productions and on several soap operas in the mid-1980s, including The Edge of Night, Another World, and One Life to Live. She later moved to Los Angeles and found work on prime time television and in film. Cross made guest appearances on Cheers, Who’s the Boss, and Quantum Leap. She also joined the cast of Knots Landing for the 1991-1992 season as Victoria Broyard.

But it was her portrayal of Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the hit evening soap Melrose Place that catapulted Marcia Cross into the public consciousness. During the course of the series, her over-the-top character went through all sorts of drama—an adulterous relationship with fellow married doctor Michael Mancini (who she later tried to kill), baby stealing, and even attempting to blow up the apartment complex mentioned in the series’ title. Audiences loved the character—so much so that she was even brought back from the dead.

Marcia Cross went on to play a much more realistic (and saner) doctor on the family drama Everwood in 2003. The following year, she took a lead role in the hit comedy series Desperate Housewives with Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria. Time and again on the show, Cross has fascinated and amused audiences as Bree Van De Kamp. Bree’s quest for domestic perfection has yielded anything but—her marriage to doctor husband Rex fell apart and then he was poisoned by a pharmacist in love with her. She also developed a drinking problem and has had terrible relationships with both of her children. Cross received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the series in 2005 along with her castmates Hatcher and Huffman.

Married since June 2006, Marcia Cross and stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney welcomed twin daughters—Eden and Savannah—in February 2007.

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