Brenda Strong

Actress, Yoga instructor
Having spent a great part of her career as a frequent guest star and recurring player, actress Brenda Strong came into her own as Mary Alice Young on the hit series, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Though ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1960 in Brightwood, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Dallas 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing Brendan 2014 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

Scandal 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Laura 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down the Shore 1991 - 1992, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Herman's Head 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Odd Man Out 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sports Night 1998 - 2000, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ocean of Pearls 2010 (Movie)

Mary Stewart (Actor)

Scoundrels 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Plumm Summer 2008 (Movie)

Viv (Actor)

Boston Legal 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives: Secrets and Lies 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives: All the Juicy Details 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Family in Hiding 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exposed 2005 (Movie)

Susan Andrews (Actor)

The Kid & I 2005 (Movie)

Bonnie Roman (Actor)

The Work and the Glory: American Zion 2005 (Movie)

Maryann Steed (Actor)

Everwood 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starship Troopers 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Help 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Work and the Glory 2004 (Movie)

Mary Ann Steed (Actor)

A.U.S.A. 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lyon's Den 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Dinner Guest (Actor)

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Jackie Sloane Chevron (Actor)

The Court 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thieves 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Michael Richards Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Real 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Safe Harbor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Deep End of the Ocean 1999 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Black Dog 1998 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercurrent 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chicago Sons 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Get a Job 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seinfeld 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

Captain Deladier (Actor)

New York Daze 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Craft 1996 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The Second Half 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Scorch 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Stepfather III 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Law and Harry McGraw 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Cheers 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

Going to the Mat (TV Show)

Actor

Island City (TV Show)

Actor

Terror Tract (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Having spent a great part of her career as a frequent guest star and recurring player, actress Brenda Strong came into her own as Mary Alice Young on the hit series, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Though mostly appearing in voiceover narration - her character committed suicide before the events of the series began - Strong spent eight seasons as one of the main focal points of the show while serving as a catalyst for many plotlines by revealing secrets about other characters. Prior to "Housewives," Strong racked up dozens of guest starring episodes on shows like "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88), "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91), but none so infamous as her recurring role as the braless wonder, Sue-Ellen Mishkie, on seasons five and six of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). From there, she had supporting turns in features like "The Craft" (1996) and "Starship Troopers" (1997), but mainly focused on the small screen and had another notable recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000). But it was "Desperate Housewives" that allowed Strong to gain wider attention, allowing her to land more high-profile series, including the role of Ann Ewing on the revamped "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), and finally achieve leading lady status.

Relationships

Tom Henri

Husband
married c. 1989

John Henri

Son
born c. 1997 father, Tom Henri

EDUCATION

Sandy Union High

Sandy , Oregon
(graduated)

Arizona State University

Tempe , Arizona

Arizona State University

Tempe , Arizona

Parkrose High School

Portland , Oregon

Milestones

2012

Cast as Bobby Ewing's (Patrick Duffy) wife on TNT reboot of "Dallas"

2005

Featured in "The Kid and I" opposite Tom Arnold

2004

Cast as the deceased Mary Alice Young, who narrated the events of the show from her elevated viewpoint on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

2002

Cast in recurring role on The WB family drama "Everwood"

1999

Appeared in "The Deep End of the Ocean" opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams

1998

First worked with Felicity Huffman playing Sally Sasser, the nemesis of Huffman's Dana Whitaker on "Sports Night" (ABC)

1998

Played a psychologist in the film "Get a Job"

1996

Played a love interest for Charlie Salinger (Matthew Fox) in a recurring role on the Fox drama "Party of Five"

1996

Landed high-profile recurring role on "Seinfeld" (NBC) as Sue Ellen Mishkie (aka ‘The Braless Heiress’)

1987

Made early appearance in Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" as Gretchen the nurse

1980

Was crowned Miss Arizona and competed in the Miss America pageant

Landed first break with a brief but memorable appearance in Billy Crystal's "You Look Marvelous" video

Bonus Trivia

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Strong served on the board of directors of the Montana Shakespeare Company in Helena, MT.

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Strong was a certified yoga instructor with her own studio in Los Angeles and a line of videos designed to help infertile couples through yoga therapy. She also taught at UCLA's Mind-Body Institute.

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