Famous Migraineurs: Marcia Cross

Wife, mother, actress, and Migraine sufferer

by Nancy Harris Bonk

Marcia Cross, a wife and mother of twin daughters, has a thriving acting career despite Migraine disease. She was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on March 25, 1962, to Mark and Janet Cross and has two sisters, Susan and Ellen. She knew shortly after her first school play she wanted to be an actress and set out to do just, that graduating from The Julliard School in New York City.

Ms. Cross began her acting career on the stage and an emerging day time television actress during the mid- 1980's. She could be found on daytime soap operas such as "The Edge of Night", "Another World", and "One Life to Live". After a few years, she moved to Los Angeles, which afforded her plenty of work both in prime time television and movies. She has made appearances in "Cheers", "Who's the Boss", "Seinfeld" and "Quantum Leap". In 1991 she played the role of Victoria Broyard in "Knots Landing," a very popular nighttime soap opera. It was only one year later that she started her famous role of Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the very trendy primetime series "Melrose Place" (1992). Dr. Shaw was a narcissistic woman who would do anything to achieve her goals. Between affairs with married men, baby stealing, attempted murder and blowing up buildings, Dr. Shaw was a hit with her audience. and she never seemed to die. Somehow she always came back from the dead. and her fans loved it. She left ‘Melrose Place' in 1997 to pursue her master's degree in Psychology, which she received from Antioch University.

Ms. Cross never seemed to be without an acting job. She had leading roles in the films "Dancing in September (2000), "Living in Fear" (2001), "The Wind Effect" (2003), and participated in a television pilot "Eastwick" (2002) that didn't quite make it. This pilot however, was based on the movie "The Witches of Eastwick". Ms. Cross was in the TV series "Everwood" (2003), which received much critical acclaim.

In 2004 she joined the cast of "Desperate Housewives" as Bree Van De Kamp, the domestic goddess and perfectionist. Bree's life has been anything but perfect. Her first husband was murdered by a pharmacist who was in love with her; she rarely gets along with her children and battles alcoholism in addition to the show's other crisis of the day. Ms. Cross won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2004, 2005) and was nominated for an Emmy in 2005. Her additional nominations include; The Golden Globe Award: Best Performance by an actress in a Television Series (2005, 2006 2007), Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

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