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Marcia Cross          

Former "Desperate Housewives" Actress; Cancer Survivor

Cross began her television career in 1984 on the soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the recurring role of Liz Correll. Afterwards, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and soon landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, co-starring with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. In 1986, she joined the cast of the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, where she played the role of Kate Sanders, until 1987. She followed this with guest-starring roles on primetime shows such as Who's the Boss?, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing and Cheers.

In 1992, Cross was cast as Dr. Kimberly Shaw in the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place. She left in the fifth season. She also appeared on the episodes of sitcoms, such as Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Ally McBeal, Spin City and The King of Queens. Her dramatic roles include appearances on CSI, Strong Medicine, Profiler, and Touched by an Angel. Her film credits include independent movies Bad Influence, Always Say Goodbye, Just Peck, and Bringing Up Bobby. In 2003, Cross spent a season co-starring as Linda Abbott on WB's series Everwood.

Most notably, in 2004, Cross started her role as Bree Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives. The show was the breakout hit of the 2004–05 television season, and Cross was nominated for several awards for her role, including an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning two with cast). She also received a Satellite Award for her performance in the show's second season. The series ran for eight seasons until it concluded in 2012.

In 2014, after two years on hiatus, Cross co-starred as the lead character's mother in the unsuccessful Fox comedy pilot Fatrick. In 2015, Cross guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and later joined the cast of ABC thriller series Quantico playing the recurring role of President Claire Haas.

Cross graduated from Juilliard and earned a master's degree in psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She was the long-time companion of actor Richard Jordan, who was 25 years her senior; Jordan died from a brain tumor in 1993. In 2006, she married stockbroker Tom Mahoney. Cross underwent in vitro fertilization soon after their wedding, and gave birth to fraternal twin daughters in 2007, shortly before her 45th birthday.

In November 2017, Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer after a routine digital rectal examination by her gynecologist. The cancer was caught early, and she underwent 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. In 2018, she went into remission.

In 2019, Cross was selected as the lead role opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot.


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Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been tapped as a lead in Jane the Novela, the CW's Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot.

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