Marcia Anne Cross
(born March 25, 1962) is an American television actress best known for her role as Bree Van de Kamp
on Desperate Housewives
as well as Dr. Kimberly Shaw
on Melrose Place
Cross is of English descent and was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts
, the daughter of Janet, a teacher, and Mark Cross, a personnel manager.:(Commentary; ""If you take it from Bree's point of view, you can understand why she would fight to save him," explains Cross, who was raised Catholic and does not share Bree's views."
) religion.She grew up with two sisters, Susan and Ellen.
Cross graduated from the Juilliard School
in New York, and earned a master's degree in psychology at Antioch University
Los Angeles. She began her television career in 1984 on the soap opera The Edge of Night
. She then moved from New York to Los Angeles, and soon landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jessie James
, co-starring with Johnny Cash
and Kris Kristofferson
. In 1986 she joined the cast of the ABC
daytime drama One Life to Live
, where she played Kate Sanders, until 1987.
In 1991, Cross guest-starred on the 13th season of Knots Landing
as the wife of Pierce Lawton (Bruce Greenwood
). She spent a lot of her screen-time on the show confronting Paige Matheson, played by her future Desperate Housewives
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