Marcia Cross

Actor
Marcia Cross is one of those classically-trained actors who then find themselves playing delicious, yet hardly Shakespearean, characters on daytime and primetime soap operas, while pursuing more substantial roles on ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1962 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Peck 2014 (Movie)

Cheryl Peck (Actor)

Living in Fear 2014 (Movie)

Rebecca Hausman (Actor)

Bringing Up Bobby 2012 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

InStyle Celebrity Weddings 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Ally McBeal 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Boy Meets World 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Burke's Law 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Herman's Head 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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InStyle Celebrity Weddings 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Melrose Place 1991 - 1997, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1989 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Raven 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Spin City 1991 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Martha Stewart Show 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1989 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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When Melrose Place Ruled The World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Everwood 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

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Always Say Goodbye 1998 (Movie)

Anne Kidwell (Actor)

Female Perversions 1997 (Movie)

Eve's Mom (Actor)

Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

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A Day in the Lives of Melrose Place 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Mantis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Bad Influence 1990 (Movie)

Ruth Fielding (Actor)

Just Temporary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Cheers 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

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All She Ever Wanted (TV Show)

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Brass (TV Show)

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Storm and Sorrow (TV Show)

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Target Earth (TV Show)

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Biography

Marcia Cross is one of those classically-trained actors who then find themselves playing delicious, yet hardly Shakespearean, characters on daytime and primetime soap operas, while pursuing more substantial roles on stage. The attractive redhead found herself alternating between repertory work and TV Sturm und Drang almost from the outset of her career. After graduating from Juilliard in the early 1980s, she made her debut on ABC's soap "The Edge of Night" before segueing to the same network's "One Life to Live". She also starred in various stage productions, including work at the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival. In 1988, Cross moved to Los Angeles where she found work in episodic TV, including memorable turns as Rebecca's sultry sister on "Cheers" and as Garry's girlfriend on "It's Garry Shandling's Show". Her debut in the 1990 feature film "Bad Influence," in which she played James Spader's fiance, was well received. Cross made her primetime series debut on the CBS sudser "Knots Landing" (1991-92) as the obsessive former girlfriend of Pierce Lawton (Bruce Greenwood).

Relationships

Susan

Sister

Ellen Cross Music

Sister
Ellen sang at Marcia's 2006 wedding to Tom Mahoney

Mark Cross

Father

Janet Cross

Mother

Tom Mahoney

Husband
Engaged in August 2005 Married June 24, 2006

Eden Mahoney

Daughter
Born Feb. 20, 2007; fraternal twin of Savannah; father, Tom Mahoney

Savannah Mahoney

Daughter
Born Feb. 20, 2007; fraternal twin of Eden; father, Tom Mahoney

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Cast as Bree Van De Kamp, the picture-perfect Stepford wife in the ABC series "Desperate Housewives"; received Golden Globe (2005, 2006, 2007) and Emmy (2005) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2002

Played Dr. Linda Abbott on the drama "Everwood"

1992

Played Dr Kimberly Shaw on the Fox primetime soap "Melrose Place"

1991

Primetime TV series debut, "Knots Landing" (CBS)

1990

Feature film debut as James Spader's fiance in "Bad Influence"

1989

Appeared in busted pilot for Aaron Spelling Entertainment entitled "Temporarily Yours"

1988

Moved to Los Angeles; cast as Kirstie Alley's sultry sister on an episode of "Cheers"

1986

TV-miniseries debut "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation"

1986

Played regular role of Kate Sanders Roberts on the ABC daytime soap "One Life to Live"

1985

Made primetime TV debut in movie "Brass" (CBS)

1984

Made TV debut on ABC soap "Edge of Night"

Bonus Trivia

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According to Cross in an interview in Entertainment Weekly, making the jump from Shakespeare to Spelling is not always a case of just leaving the bard at the dressing room door: "At one point I kept getting these 'Melrose Place' scripts that were soooo out there, waaaay gone. I was like 'There's no way I can play this and not be the worst actress in Hollywood.' But then I decided that it was Kimberly's party and to just play it scene-by-scene."

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Cross has acted in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, at the famed Folger Theater in Washington, DC, and with the Hartford Stage Company, as well as the Old Globe in San Diego.

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"From someone like myself who's had, like, lots of therapy, and I have my masters in psychology ... I love that I'm playing this woman that's driven by things that she doesn’t even know about."---Cross to US, April 11, 2005.

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"Now that it's all over, I'd love to go, 'Yeah, no big deal,' but that's not true," she admits. "It was an enormous year of learning how the whole machine works, because it is a big machine. I know myself and who I am so I was never knocked around at my core. I was just shocked a bit at the ways of the world."---Cross on the media roller coaster during the first season of "Desperate Housewives" to Movieline's Hollywood Life, September/October 2005.

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