Brenda Strong

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Brenda Strong

Born

3/25/1960, Brightwood, Oregon, USA

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A native of Portland, OR, Brenda Strong left home to attend Arizona State University, where she earned a bachelors degree in Musical Theater. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she soon began appearing in television and film. A familiar face on television, she has guest starred…more

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  • Trivia

    • Brenda was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with her Desperate Housewives castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    • Brenda played two different characters in the Starship Troopers movies.

    • Brenda shares a birthday with her Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star, Marcia Cross and with Sarah Jessica Parker.

    • Send Brenda Strong fan mail to:
      Brenda Strong
      c/o Liberman/Zerman Management
      252 N. Larchmont Blvd #200
      Los Angeles, CA 90004

    • Brenda attended Marcia Cross's wedding to Tom Mahoney.

    • Brenda has two yoga videos available, Yoga for Fertility and Yoga for Partners.

    • The producers of Desperate Housewives had their eyes closed during Brenda's audition of Mary Alice. They wanted to see if she had a good comic voice.

    • Brenda appeared in Billy Crystal's "You Look Marvelous" music video.

    • Brenda's Height is 5' 11½" (1.82 m).

    • Brenda has one child.

    • Spouse: Tom Henri (1989 - present).

    • Both in "Everwood" (2002) and "Desperate Housewives" (2004), she plays a family mother whose death in the pilot of the series sets the events of the show in motion. She reappears throughout the shows in flashback scenes and dream sequences.

    • Brenda and her "Desperate Housewives" (2004) co-star, Felicity Huffman both starred in "Sports Nite" (1999). Strong guest-starred in several episodes while Huffman was a regular cast-member for both seasons. In the series, Strong was sleeping with both Huffman's fiance (Ted McGinley) and Huffman's co-worker (Peter Krause).

    • Brenda also worked with Felicity Huffman on the short-lived Sports Night program created by Aaron Sorkin of west wing.

    • Guest-starred in 9 episodes of the show "Sports Night" (as Sally) with her "Desperate Housewives" co-star Felicity Huffman.

    • Replaced Sheryl Lee who was originally cast as Mary Alice Young for the ABC series Desperate Housewives (2004) in its pilot episode.

    • Brenda and her "Desperate Housewives" (2004) co-star, Marcia Cross both starred in "Everwood" (2002). Strong guest-starred in a few episodes while Cross was a steady cast-member from 2003-2004. They never were in the same episodes. They also both guest-starred in different episodes of "Ally McBeal" (1997).

    • Brenda was Miss Arizona 1980 in the 1981 Miss America pageant.

    • Brenda has been on five shows on The WB: 7th Heaven (1996), Gilmore Girls (2000), Dawson's Creek (1998), Everwood (2002), and The Help (2005).

    • Brenda played a psychiatrist in Get a Job (1998), Terror Tract (2000) and in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). All three times, her patient was a troubled young boy.

    • Brenda serves on the board of directors of the Montana Shakespeare Company in Helena, Montana.

    • Brenda graduated from Sandy High School in Sandy, Oregon.

    • Brenda graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor of Music in musical theatre.

    • Brenda attended Parkrose High.

    • Brenda is a certified yoga instructor and has her own studio in LA.

    • Brenda plays the role of a death wife in Desperate Houswives as well as in Everwood.

  • Quotes

    • Brenda Strong: (Brenda on her new muse Family In Hiding) It's about a single mother who is trying her best to keep her life together. She has two teenage kids, a son, and a daughter. She ends up in a very difficult situation when she witnesses a murder one day after work. There's a drug lord who decides to kill a district attorney — I'm on my way to my car and I see [the drug lord] kill him in cold blood. I go to the police, and I don't realize that what I'm getting into is a witness protection program. Within 24 hours, my entire life is turned upside down, including my children's lives. We're given new identities, stripped of our old ones, and we're on the road and on the run. That's within the first eight pages [of the script], so basically it's hit the ground running.

    • Brenda Strong: (Brenda on the 2006 Primetime Emmy "Snubs") Everyone is probably getting more press for the snub than they would have had they gotten nominations. [Laughs] I don't think any of us do our work to be nominated. It's always nice, I would imagine. I don't think anyone is too upset about it. Everybody just continues to refocus on what's important, which is the work. I know the writers are certainly working very hard to make season 3 equal, if not better, than season 1. It feels already that we're off to a great start.

    • Brenda Strong: (Brenda on Season Two of Desperate Housewives) I think it was harder, certainly, to arrest the audience in season 2, because season 1 was so complete of a storyline, with the beginning — my suicide — and then the finale, with the solving of the mystery of why I killed myself. I think it was such a neat package that to then start season 2 with a whole new perspective, it's difficult to keep that momentum. I think it will take a little bit of time to find that, and I think they certainly did, in my opinion, find it. I thought season 2 was terrific, particularly in some of the characters who came forward, like Richard Burgi [who played Susan's loutish ex-husband]. There was some really fun, terrific work being done.

    • Brenda Strong: (Brenda on being a yoga instructor in real life, and Gabrielle is often seen on the show doing yoga and how maybe it was Mary Alice who got Gabrielle into it?) [Laughs] Right there, I'd like to draw a distinction between Mary Alice and Brenda Strong. Just because Brenda Strong does yoga doesn't mean Mary Alice does! There are many differences between the two [characters of Mary Alice and Gaby], but, yes, it would be fun to draw more correlations between what we had in common and why we were friends. [Chuckling] Certainly yoga could be one of those. The possibilities are endless, from Mary Alice cooking with Bree, to doing yoga with Gaby, to babysitting Lynette's kids, and on and on and on.

    • Brenda Strong:My favorite moment was when Julie walked in on Carl and Susan in bed and saw her parents and got so grossed out. She went "ewww" and went running down the hallway and they both came running after her. I thought it was such a great moment. You never see in divorces where the feelings of a child are, "No, don't get back together." It is usually the opposite.(talking about her favourite moment on season two on desperate housewives)

    • Brenda Strong: (on season three of Desperate Housewives) Mary Alice is going to be back with an attitude. She will be a little less surreal, ethereal and a little more sassy, which means the show is going to be sassier.

    • Brenda Strong (on her ideal role): I would like to play an assassin in 24. I think that would be fun because than I could get 24 episodes of one single day. I would get to be on camera for the entire season.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Brenda Strong currently plays the narrator Mary Alice On Desperate Housewives.

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    I\'ve seen Brenda Strong in many diffrent shows over the years (7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, Seinfeld and Everwood), and I am thrilled that she has finally found the fame and recognition she deserves on Desperate Housewives.I\'ve always enjoyed her work. She really shines as Mary Alice Young on Desperate Houswives, and I hope that she continues to have a lot of success in her career.
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