Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross


3/25/1962, Marlborough, Massachussetts

Birth Name

Marcia Anne Cross


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Marcia as had a varied career in many colorful television series, including "The Edge of Night," "Knots Landing," "One Life to Live." In 1992, she joined the cast of "Melrose Place." Her mentally unbalanced character assured her a memorable place in the pop-culture pantheon. She left "Melrose Place"…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Marcia is #3 in AIM's "50 Hottest Redheads."

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

    • During a 2005 interview with the Desperate Housewives (2004) stars, Marcia was visibly delighted when Jamie Theakston pronounced her name as "Mar- see-ah". The actress turned to her co-star, Eva Longoria, and stated that she loves the way British people pronounce her name. It was revealed that although most Americans pronounced her name as "Marsha", her co-star Eva Longoria calls her "Mar-see-ah".

    • Marcia is the last of the four main actresses in Desperate Housewives to get married for the first time in real life.

    • Marcia played a doctor in Melrose Place (1992), Everwood (2002) and on Seinfeld (1990), season 9 episode 7.

    • Marcia graduated from the Juilliard School in New York.

    • In 2007, Marcia filmed two episodes of Desperate Housewives in her own home, after being put on bed rest until the end of her pregnancy. Marcia's home was transformed into a set that looked just like her character Bree Van De Camp's.

    • Marcia Cross has been nominated for a 2007 PRISM Award. Desperate Housewives has also been nominated for a multi-episode arc for Bree's alcoholism in Season 2.

    • On February 20 of 2007, Marcia and her husband Tom Mahoney became parents of twin girls, Eden and Savannah!

    • In November 2006, Marcia began fighting to keep naked pictures of her from becoming public. Marcia threw away 200 nude photos but they were found by the firm she'd hired to get rid of rubbish outside her house.

    • Marcia was nominated for a Golden Globe in December of 2006 in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical), for her role in Desperate Housewives.

    • Marcia Cross and Brenda Strong both played love interests of Treat Williams on Everwood. Brenda played his late wife and Marcia played his girlfriend.

    • In June 2006 Marcia was married to stockbroker Tom Mahoney. 200 guests (including a number of cast from Desperate Housewives attended the event.

    • Among the 220 guests at her wedding were Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Brenda Strong and William H. Macy.

    • Marcia's sister, Susan, was maid of honor at her wedding to Mahoney and her nephew, Jared, the ring bearer. Her other sister, Ellen, sang the song Only Love Remains for Marcia and her husband.

    • Marcia wore a beautiful wedding dress by Reem Acra.

    • Married Tom Mahoney in San Gabriel, California at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Parish.

    • Marcia Cross is eager to adopt a child now she's got married.

    • Marcia's height is 5'8" (1.73 m).

    • Desperate Housewives salary (2004) Season 2 - $250,000 per episode.

    • She placed 91 on People Magazine's List Of "The 100 Most Beautiful People In The World" In 2006.

    • Marcia and Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Teri Hatcher both made guest appearances on Seinfeld (1990) as prospective girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld.

    • Marcia laced 20 on E! Television's List Of "The 50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime" for playing Kimberly Shaw on "Melrose Place" (1992).

    • She placed 28 on VH1's List Of "The 40 Hottest People Over 40" In 2005.

    • Marcia and her future Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Brenda Strong 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).

    • Marcia was nominated for her first awards in 2004 - Golden Globe, Golden Satelitte Award, TV Guide Award, and SAG Award.

    • Marcia suffers from migraines.

    • Marcia has performed in several Shakespeare plays, including Twelfth Night and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    • Before her recent engagement, many suspected that Marcia was a lesbian. Barbara Walters asked her on television, and she said that it was people assuming, most likely due to her being 42 years old and unmarried.

    • Marcia has been in several on-stage productions.

    • Marcia left the cast of Everwood to star in the Desperate Housewives pilot.

    • Marcia left Melrose Place after six years to earn her Master's Degree.

    • Marcia skyrocketed to star status after she landed her role on Melrose Place.

    • Marcia was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005:" Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series," Desperate Housewives.

    • Marcia starred with Nicolette Sheridan, her Desperate Housewives co-star, in a 7-Up Plus commercial.

    • Marcia was nominated for an Emmy for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series" in 2005 for her portrayal of Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives.

    • Marcia loves the fall. Why? Because it's the best time to buy her favorite--cashmere sweaters.

    • Marcia and stockbroker Tom Mahoney got engaged in August 2005.

    • Marcia was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2005: "Best Leading Actress In A TV Series, Comedy/Musical, Desperate Housewives.

    • Marcia was a long-time companion of Richard Jordan, until his death in 1993, she did not date anyone seriously until she was engaged in 2005.

    • Marcia's father's name is Mark, her mother Janet. She also has two sisters, Susan and Ellen

    • Marcia earned a master's degree in psychology at Los Angeles-based Antioch University in 2003.

    • Marcia is among the celebrity sponsors of "Children United Nations", an association which helps underprivileged children in Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams and makes opportunities come true. Pierce Brosnan, Jane Seymour, Ed Begley Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt are also involved in the association.

  • Quotes

    • Marcia (about her favorite charity): [It's] the Panzi Hospital in East Congo. It's a hospital that takes care of women who have been primarily raped in the course of war there.

    • Marcia Cross: (about Madonna) We used to swim at the same pool. She'd get out and put all this jewelry on-and I'd go home with my wet hair.

    • Marcia Cross: We did in vitro a week after we got married. We were supposed to go to Greece and Paris and have this fancy honeymoon, and I said, 'Let's stay put and see if we can't give this baby a chance.'

    • Marcia Cross: (on being a mom) I wanted to be a member of that club so badly, and now I'm in and it's so much better than I even imagined.

    • Marcia Cross: (about attending the Golden Globes) I'm going to the show if I can waddle out of the house. I don't know what kind of tent they are going to put me in. I'm thinking black or navy. It's not going to be a high-fashion year for me. And I'm thinking barefoot. I deserve it.

    • Marcia Cross: I would just say not to be a victim and to be your own health advocate, and to take it into your own hands. You actually can affect the number of migraines you have and your quality of life, and it's worth the effort. It will increase your entire healthy lifestyle and reduce your migraines, so it's a win-win situation, I think.

    • Marcia Cross:He said to me(Tom, her husband), "What does a headache feel like?" because he's never had a headache. Forget about a migraine, he's never had a headache.

    • Marcia Cross: I hope people are getting much more educated today about the difference between a migraine and a headache, and the fact that there are things you can do. Certainly when I was younger, I didn't know what it was. I didn't know anything about it. I didn't know to get diagnosed. I didn't know there was anything I could do about it. Hopefully, just the information getting out there and people taking care of it sooner, then that will help.

    • Marcia Cross: I really think that having done a lot of work on my inside has really helped, too ... as you get older, you sort of take life with a little more ease. So, any sort of work you do to just kind of be at peace with your own day and your own situation is helpful. Having that threat around really keeps things modulated because, is it really worth it when you start getting tense or uptight about something? I think that really has made a difference. Keep things in perspective. A lot of it has to do with how we view whatever's going on with us. One can work oneself up into that amount of stress. Nobody is really doing it to you. You can look at a situation in a completely different way that takes that [stress] out of the picture.

    • Marcia Cross:Red wine, chocolate, cheddar cheese, oranges. Those are my mainstays that I just really don't touch. And then being stressed out ... I work really hard now [so] that I don't stress the way that I used to. I'm not as internally tightly wound as I used to be. (laugh)

    • Marcia Cross: I've been really lucky lately. I haven't had any(migraines) since I've been pregnant. I feel like I've gotten them down to really minimal, three to four a year. So I'm really doing well, which was not the case in the beginning. I really watch stress, and my trigger foods, and all the things I need to do to stay migraine-free. I just cannot stand that pain. For me, I just have to go home and get in a dark room and wait for it to pass. But waiting for it to pass still involves some pain.

    • Marcia: (on experiencing morning sickness) I was really sick in the beginning, and I thought, 'What the hell have I done?'

    • Marcia Cross (talking about one specific scene on Desperate Housewives):I just didn't want to say that line, "Rex cries after he ejaculates." I thought it was appalling. I went to the reading, and I was going to go in and say, "I can't say this. This is just horrible." And all the men were around the craft services table and they said, "This is the funniest thing." I said, "You're kidding. It's so mean." But when we did the reading, everybody was on the floor. I've never heard anything like it.

    • Marcia Cross (talking to Oprah): OMG when your producer called, I was late to work I mean, I'm nothing like her (Bree).

    • Marcia Cross (on the huge success of Desperate Housewives): The show has only been on, for like, five minutes, give it some time to settle in.

    • Marcia Cross (on watching Desperate Housewives): I don't really watch the show... I like to stay on the inside rather than getting on the outside.

    • Marcia Cross (on acting): As an actress, they pay me not to eat; it's a living hell!

    • Marcia Cross (referring to the huge success of Desperate Housewives): The show has only been on, for like, five minutes, give it some time to settle in.

    • Marcia Cross:I think men instinctively look to their women for food, so I'm starting to learn to cook. I never did it before because I was just too busy. But now… well, I'm starting to think ahead a little and to shop.

    • Marcia Cross:I was so blown away about it that I needed a minute to deal with it. So we didn't tell anybody, we just said that I was pregnant. But then the story got out, though I don't know how, and everybody started congratulating me. So yes, I am having twins.

    • Marcia Cross:They(Desperate Housewives friends) love Tom and everyone has wished us happiness.

    • Marcia Cross:I never believed it would be possible to find two soul mates in one lifetime. I'm sure I would have Richard's blessings.

    • Marcia Cross: (talking about her marriage) All my friends on Desperate Housewives have been so supportive and happy for me.

    • Marcia Cross: (on her marriage proposal) We were having dinner and he was saying all these incredibly wonderful things, and I thought that was nice. Then all of a sudden I realised, 'Oh my God - this is going somewhere. I never thought I was going to get married, let alone go through a proposal.

    • Marcia Cross: (describing how she first met fiancé Tom Mahoney) I was walking across a street and I saw this man in a flower shop. He was writing a note and I was completely drawn to him. He had this lovely voice. I didn't really see him from the front for a while - I just really liked him.

    • Marcia Cross:I have this little Sormé cover up stick that I carry everywhere. It's just the right consistency and it provides great coverage. I bought, like, six of them at the beauty store.

    • Marcia Cross:Growing up I knew that I was no beauty at the beach, but it never occurred to me to be self-conscious.

    • Marcia Cross:Dressing for events is like a job unto itself, I didn't know how to handle it at first, so I hired somebody to help me. Now I love it!

    • Marcia Cross:When you love somebody you really want them to eat well, so I'm always thinking about that. I can't believe I sit there going, "Eat your vegetables," but I do it.

    • Marcia Cross:I was getting anxious because Tom would come home and I would feel like there should be food on the table. But Tom sat me down and said, "Honey, it's not the 1950s. I'm a grown man we can work this out.

    • Marcia Cross:I think life just gets better and better as you get older.

    • Marcia Cross:My worst feature is my messiness! It takes me forever to keep track of myself.

    • Marcia Cross:This is the time in my life when I've felt the most beautiful. Absolutely. I'm at peace with myself, I'm in love, and I'm well-employed. My inner world and my outer world are flowing nicely.

    • Marcia Cross:I'm always having a bad hair day. I don't even notice. I definitely go out.

    • Marcia Cross:Do I wear makeup every day? Oh my God, no! Unfortunately. I have no qualms about leaving the house with no makeup. That's a problem! But I honestly don't even care.

    • Marcia Cross:My favorite beauty product is my fiancé, Tom. It's true. I think that beauty comes from being happy and connected to the people we love, and his love makes me feel beautiful.

    • Marcia Cross:I think beauty comes from being happy and connected to the people we love, and his(Tom Mahoney) love makes me feel beautiful.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about Desperate Housewives):In the first part of the season there's a lot of jokey stuff with Bree, but in the second part she continues to deal with moralistic issuis and gets put to the test. That has been more challenging than the first part of the season. For exemple, what it means to her that her son might be gay. She's begging him to get help because she actually belives if she doesn't save his soul he will go to hell. That's an honest-to-God emotionally painful place for her. That goes against my belief butshe believes it's life or death

    • Marcia Cross:I've never shot a gun in real life but I totally committed to it. I love that Bree's an expert in that area. When she's getting the gun from Roger I substituted something that I wanted in my personal life because I couldn't get it up for having a gun. I was actually imagining it was a baby.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about one scene on Desperate Housewives- season 1 episode 03):I love working with Shawn. He's such a natural amazing talent. He never has a dishonest moment. That svene in the strip club was an out-and-out blast because it was such a different take on that situation. She actually sat there and talked to him about her take on what it was like to be a woman. I think it humiliated him but it wasn't what she set out to do. She was really trying to enlighten him, at least in her mind. Sometines Bree's not awake to what's happening with him

    • Marcia Cross: (talking about one scene on Desperate Housewives) If I told you how many times we had to squeeze that burrito to get the cheese to fall on the floor, you would not believe me. We're all staring at the burrito and there was a burrito special effects man who was behind it with a plunger and he would push it forward while we were kissing.

    • Marcia Cross: If we can go deeper and understand why we do the things that we do and how we affect others, we can constantly be growing and expanding.

    • Marcia Cross:If you're in a lot of pain it's an extraordinarily interesting process to find out more about yourself.(talking about therapy)

    • Marcia Cross:As therapist, I'd have worked harder than I do. I'm busy with acting, but the concentration and the responsibility that you have towards your clients is enormous.

    • Marcia Cross:I feel therapy is a sacred profession, it's much harder than acting.

    • Marcia Cross: (on her wedding cake) It was like the Empire State Building.

    • Marcia Cross:You're so astounded that it's your wedding. I kind of wanted to watch the wedding, but I was the wedding.

    • Marcia Cross:I thought I'd never get married, so I thought I'd never get to dance with my father at my wedding.

    • Marcia Cross:Tom and I were blown away by the whole thing. The universe gave me so much love.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about her wedding):After I said 'I will' to everything, I whispered under my breath, 'As long as I don't have to cook!'

    • Marcia Cross: I'm looking forward to seeing Bree go through a metamorphosis over the next couple year.

    • Marcia Cross:In the first episode(desperate housewives) I had to say scrotum, ejaculation, and fricyion. And I had a scene in my underwear. I thought, Geez, and we just started.

    • Marcia Cross:She sticks with her principals strongly; I can identify with that even if they are not mine. In the scene where I beg my son to go to Christian counselling, I had to get my thoughts out of the way because here is a woman who believes that her son is not going to have eternal life and she is going to lose him. Well, I can certainly identify with loss or what it would be like to do anything to get my child to be safe. It's interesting how you can work your own moral code and substitute it.(talking about what she likes on Bree)

    • Marcia Cross: The hardest thing for me is finding time to see the people that I love - my friends and my family.

    • Marcia Cross:This year, I was glad that I had lots of solid friendships because I had to say, 'I can't see you', so many times. I couldn't make plans. But hopefully this year the schedule will be better, and it will be more balanced.

    • Marcia Cross:I think it's hard in my own little area of Los Angeles where I live, because I don't like to wear make-up and I'm not very fashion-conscious in my own life. So I have to kind of deal with being intruded upon in that way.

    • Marcia Cross:I have often felt there was a lot of pressure on me to look good, especially in shows like 'Melrose Place' where the girls were so skinny. I thought, 'They are all so petite and I am this big girl'. I often look at myself and worry about how I look. It's the beautiful people syndrome.

    • Marcia Cross: Everybody seems to think everyone is going to rise from the dead, don't they? I really don't know. I think there may be some guilt (for Bree).

    • Marcia Cross: Not to be shallow, but I really enjoyed that moment with the burrito. It was the conflict of wanting to be this free, sexy woman and having all these restrictions that she can't help herself.(talking about her favourite moment on the show)

    • Marcia Cross: From someone like myself who's had like lots of therapy, and I have my master's in psychology...I love that I'm playing this woman that's driven by things that she doesn't even know about.(talking about Bree)

    • Marcia Cross:I love that she is such a young soul as a human being. She's not, like, deeply developed and she's not aware of what she's doing all the time.(talking about Bree)

    • Marcia Cross:It's hard being single. But luckily I'm not a desperate housewife at the moment but I'm desperately in love.

    • Marcia Cross: in private life I run around in jeans and T-shirt most of the time. Without make-up. Sometimes I even go out to the trashcans in pjamas. For official appointments I have a stylist who puts my outfits together. For events designers often borrow clothes to me; at home I don't even have a lot of clothes.

    • Marcia Cross: I don't cook. Most of the time I order ready-cooked biological food. And I'm terribly untidy and not a good housewife. I have a cleaning lady who is unfortunately on vacation right now.

    • Marcia Cross:I like, do Yoga, Aerobics, I have a personal trainer and I'm constantly on a diet. It's hell!

    • Marcia Cross:I would like to wear my hair shorter, especially now during the summer. But that is not working because as Bree I need to have long hair.

    • Marcia Cross: (on her wedding) To be honest, what I have enjoyed is all the emotional planning. Everything I've done for the wedding has been emotion-driven.

    • Marcia Cross: I never grew up dreaming of a perfect wedding day, and the prospect of lots of decisions is not me at all.

    • Marcia Cross: Tom's organized the wedding.He's found the veneu, decided on the date, chosen black tie and told me what time to be there. And I trust him with it all completely.

    • Marcia Cross: When we got to the location where we were shooting those scenes, I thought it looked familiar and then I realised, This is the same place I was crazy in for MELROSE PLACE.

    • Marcia Cross: Oh honey, that's nothing about me that's perfect, trust me!

    • Marcia Cross:I actually do wanna get my license one day.

    • Marcia Cross(on an interview with Oprah): A lot of this is from my mom even know she wasn't a good housewife or anything like that, oh God! I hope she doesn't watch this.

    • Marcia Cross: (to Dave Letterman) I always wanted to know about you Dave, you're alwayas interviewing everybody

    • Marcia Cross(on interview with David Letterman): I was getting my clinical training, I wasn't license but I had clients.

    • Marcia Cross(on a interview with David Letterman): OK we're getting very deep here, am I in a therapy section?.

    • Marcia Cross(on a interview with David Letterman): Oh! Dave, what's going on here? You're getting everything of me.

    • Marcia Cross: I'm a skin freak, I don't like the sun.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about her wedding): I'm excited to have everybody that I love in one place.

    • Marcia Cross: I had my first migraine when I was with 14 years old and it was terrible, I was at school and the nurse asked me my phone number and I couldn't remember, it was awful.

    • Marcia Cross(talking on Ellen Show): My sister is gonna sing on my wedding.

    • Marcia Cross: I used to think that I could sing until my oldest sister tell me that I couldn't.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about her boyfriend at the David Letterman Show): I saw him at a shop but I didn't talk to him I gave my number to a women that work there and two weeks later he phoned me.

    • Marcia Cross(in an interview with Martha Stewart): I can't cook and I can't bake thanks God my boyfriend is easy to please.

    • Marcia Cross: I didn't want to date crazy people like myself. (on a interview with Leno)

    • Marcia Cross(Talking about analyzing Bree): I'm so serious about that subject that I can't even make a joke.

    • Marcia Cross: My wildest dream is to become a housewife.

    • Marcia Cross: I was looking for the wrong kind of man, but that's not the case anymore.

    • Marcia Cross: I'm really thrilled that I met someone that I want to spend the rest of my life with.

    • Marcia Cross.(about the rumor that she was gay): Well, it was very odd. And I, I just assumed this is what comes of being 42 and single. I don't know if they just needed to find a reason why I wasn't married.

    • Marcia Cross(talking about her character Bree): I think she would be a very interesting patient.

    • Marcia Cross: I never thought I would live Kimberly Shaw down. So the fact that I've got another character, very different, under my belt is great.

    • Marcia Cross: I'm sad about it. I really thought Nicollette was a shoo-in. In terms of Eva, my prediction is she's leaving us all in the dust.

    • Marcia: The sophisticated girlfriend of my next-door neighbor said, 'Well, of course you're applying to Juilliard.' I didn't even know what Juilliard was.

    • Marcia: It's kind of ironic that if I get my Ph.D., I'll be a real doctor.

    • Marcia: I'd like to be a wife and mother. I guess I'll know Mr. Right when I meet him.

    • Marcia: I would ask my dad what he did, and he'd say, 'I listen to people's problems.' In some way what he did for a living is in my genes.

    • Marcia: I have always wanted to know what's going on under the surface.

    • Marcia: I couldn't do an acting job just to be working. It really had to have some soul to it.

  • Just plain bad actress.

    Not a good actress.
  • Marcia Cross is one of my favorites TV star. Her role in Desperate Housewives is unique! She's a really can-take-it-all actress.

    Marcia Cross is really and excellent actress. I've seen her work closely and I'm really amazed how she can performe all kind of roles. But the one I'll be talking about is her role in Desperate Housewives. As Bree Van De Kamp, later Bree Hodge, Marcia had caught my attention, her personality and the way she handle things is one of the reasons that Desperate Housewives is one of my favorite TV series. The sundays I've a 8pm curfew thanks to this lady. She´s really hardcore. Sha can do everything, with her ellegance and sarcastical diplomacy, all I can say is that Marcia Cross is a big asset to DH and for the american television.moreless