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Born: March 25, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brightwood, Oregon, USA Profession: actress, yoga instructor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ocean of Pearls (2008)
2.
 Plumm Summer, A (2008)
3.
 Family in Hiding (2006)
4.
 Kid & I, The (2005)
6.
 Work and the Glory, The (2004) Mary Ann Steed
7.
 Red Dragon (2002) Dinner Guest
8.
 Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002) Jackie Sloane Chevron
9.
 Terror Tract (2000) Dr Helen Corey
10.
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1980:
Was crowned Miss Arizona and competed in the Miss America pageant
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Landed first break with a brief but memorable appearance in Billy Crystal's "You Look Marvelous" video
1987:
Made early appearance in Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" as Gretchen the nurse
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┬┐)
1998:
Played a psychologist in the film "Get a Job"
1998:
First worked with Felicity Huffman playing Sally Sasser, the nemesis of Huffman's Dana Whitaker on "Sports Night" (ABC)
1999:
Appeared in "The Deep End of the Ocean" opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Treat Williams
2004:
Cast as the deceased Mary Alice Young, who narrated the events of the show from her elevated viewpoint on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
2005:
Featured in "The Kid and I" opposite Tom Arnold
2002:
Cast in recurring role on The WB family drama "Everwood"
2012:
Cast as Bobby Ewing's (Patrick Duffy) wife on TNT reboot of "Dallas"
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Education

Parkrose High School: Portland , Oregon -
Arizona State University: Tempe , Arizona -
Arizona State University: Tempe , Arizona -
Sandy Union High: Sandy , Oregon -

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husband:
Tom Henri. Married as of January 2000.

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