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Marcia Cross turns 51 today!
Born in Massachusetts, Marcia Anne Cross grew up in a family without any acting backgrounds. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a personnel manager.
Upon high school graduation, Cross received a half scholarship to study acting in Juilliard. She graduated from the respectable acting school with B.F.A in acting.
After Juilliard, the American actress debuted her on-screen appearance in soap opera The Edge of the Night.
Cross then relocated from New York to Los Angeles to concentrate more in acting field. She then landed a role in The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, in which she co-starred Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
In 1986, she joined the cast of ABC's daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and obtained roles in more primetime shows, including Who's the Boss?, Quantum Leap, Cheers, and Knots Landing.
In 1992, she won a role in Melrose Place as Kimberly Shaw for five years. The role of Kimberly Shaw landed Cross in viewers' favorite's TV series, such as CSI, Strong Medicine, Profiler, Seinfeld, Ally McBeal, and Spin City.
The redhead beauty then joined the cast of Desperate Housewives for a groundbreaking role as Bree Van de Kamp. Her performance here, that skyrocketed her fame, garnered Satellite Award, SAG Awards, nominated for Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Prism Awards.
Other than TV series, Cross acted in independent movies. Her movie credits included Bad Influence, Just Peck, Bringing Up Bobby, and Always Say Goodbye.
Marcia Cross married stockbroker Tom Mahoney in 2006. They had twin daughters, Eden and Savannah.