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Also Known As: Mary Frances Crosby Died:
Born: September 14, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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This daughter of singer-actors Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant Crosby began playing sweet good girls, but over the course of her career Mary Crosby (billed early in her career as Mary Frances Crosby) is best recalled as evil Kristin Shepard, the character who shot Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing during her 1979-1981 run on the CBS series "Dallas". Crosby began acting at age four in a stage production of "Peter Pan", which starred her mother. As a child, she did TV commercials for Minute Man orange juice with her parents and brothers, and also appeared on Bing Crosby's variety specials, notably those aired at Christmas. After attending the University of Texas, to which she was admitted at age 15, Crosby began her career in earnest. In 1979, she was the dream girl on the short-lived series "Brothers and Sisters" (NBC), and also appeared in episodes of the "Dallas" spin-off "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1980). After leaving "Dallas", she did guest appearances and appeared in TV longforms. After the national attention she received in 1981, Crosby parlayed the fame into the leading role of a woman stalked in the remake of the Doris Day thriller "Midnight Lace" (NBC, 1981). She was a sexually voracious insider in ABC the...

This daughter of singer-actors Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant Crosby began playing sweet good girls, but over the course of her career Mary Crosby (billed early in her career as Mary Frances Crosby) is best recalled as evil Kristin Shepard, the character who shot Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing during her 1979-1981 run on the CBS series "Dallas".

Crosby began acting at age four in a stage production of "Peter Pan", which starred her mother. As a child, she did TV commercials for Minute Man orange juice with her parents and brothers, and also appeared on Bing Crosby's variety specials, notably those aired at Christmas. After attending the University of Texas, to which she was admitted at age 15, Crosby began her career in earnest. In 1979, she was the dream girl on the short-lived series "Brothers and Sisters" (NBC), and also appeared in episodes of the "Dallas" spin-off "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1980). After leaving "Dallas", she did guest appearances and appeared in TV longforms. After the national attention she received in 1981, Crosby parlayed the fame into the leading role of a woman stalked in the remake of the Doris Day thriller "Midnight Lace" (NBC, 1981). She was a sexually voracious insider in ABC the miniseries "Hollywood Wives" (1985). But by the late 80s, her career had cooled somewhat, although she often appeared in independent features and direct-to-video releases like "Quicker Than the Eye" (1988) and "Deadly Innocents" (1989). "Eating" (1990), an ensemble piece by Henry Jaglom, played art-houses, but Crosby never really found a star-making big screen vehicle.

Crosby turned to the stage and won critical applause for her work as Juliet in an L.A. production of "Romeo and Juliet" (1988) and more recently reunited with Larry Hagman as a guest ion his short-lived comeback series "Orleans" (CBS, 1997).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 M Word, The (2014)
2.
3.
 Sharing the Secret (2000) Irene
4.
5.
 Cupid (1997)
6.
 Desperate Motive (1993) Marcie
7.
 Berlin Conspiracy, The (1992) Ursula Schneider
8.
 Corporate Affairs (1990) Jessica Pierce
9.
 Body Chemistry (1990) Marlee
10.
 Eating (1990) Kate
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1963:
Made stage debut at age four in "Peter Pan", starring her mother Kathryn Grant
1970:
TV debut, "Bing Crosby's Christmas Show"; appeared in several holiday specials with her family in the 1970s
:
With other members of her family, was spokesperson for Minute Maid orange juice
1978:
TV-movie debut, "With This Ring" (ABC)
1978:
Was featured in the NBC miniseries "Pearl"
1979:
Was the dream girl on short-lived series "Brothers and Sisters" (NBC)
1979:
Co-starred in TV series, "Dallas"; played Kristin Shepard; achieved notoriety as her character was the one who shot Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing
1981:
First starring role in a TV-movie in the NBC remake of "Midnight Lace"
1983:
Feature acting debut, "Last Plane Out"
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On stage, won acclaim as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"
1988:
Co-starred in "Tapeheads"
1997:
Made guest appearance on the CBS drama "Orleans", starring Larry Hagman
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -

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husband:
Ebb Lottimer. Married in November 1978.

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mother:
Kathryn Crosby. Actor. Born c. 1934; married to Bing Crosby from 1957 until his death in 1977.
father:
Bing Crosby. Singer, actor. Born May 2, 1904; died on October 11, 1977 of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain; won 1944 Best Actor Oscar for "Going My Way".
uncle:
Bob Crosby. Bandleader, singer. Born August 23, 1913.
half-brother:
Gary Crosby. Actor, author. Mother Dixie Lee; born 1934; died of lung cancer in August 1995.
half-brother:
Dennis Crosby. Mother Dixie Lee; born 1935; twin of Phillip; committed suicide in 1991.
half-brother:
Phillip Crosby. Mother Dixie Lee; born 1935; twin of Dennis.
half-brother:
Lindsay Crosby. Script reader. Mother Dixie Lee; born 1938; died December 12, 1989 of a self-inflicted gun shot.
brother:
Harry Lillis Crosby III. Mother Kathryn Grant.
brother:
Nathaniel Patrick Crosby. Mother Kathryn Grant.
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