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Born: March 25, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Living in Fear (2001) Rebecca Hausman
2.
 Dancing in September (2000) Lydia
3.
 Target Earth (1998) Karen Mackaphe
4.
 Always Say Goodbye (1997) Anne Kidwell
5.
 Female Perversions (1996) Eve'S Mom
6.
 All She Ever Wanted (1996) Rachel Stockman
7.
 Mantis (1994) Carla
8.
 Bad Influence (1990) Ruth Fielding
9.
 Storm and Sorrow (1990) Marty Hoey
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1984:
Made TV debut on ABC soap "Edge of Night"
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)
1986:
TV-miniseries debut "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation"
1988:
Moved to Los Angeles; cast as Kirstie Alley's sultry sister on an episode of "Cheers"
1989:
Appeared in busted pilot for Aaron Spelling Entertainment entitled "Temporarily Yours"
1990:
Feature film debut as James Spader's fiance in "Bad Influence"
1991:
Primetime TV series debut, "Knots Landing" (CBS)
1992:
Played Dr Kimberly Shaw on the Fox primetime soap "Melrose Place"
2002:
Played Dr. Linda Abbott on the drama "Everwood"
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
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

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."

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.

"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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