Marcia Cross Bio, Age, Height, Husband, Children, Anal Cancer, HPV, Movies and TV Shows


Marcia Cross Biography

Marcia Cross is an American actress who is best known for her role as Bree Van de Kamp on the television series Desperate Housewives. The role earned her three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, and a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Marcia Cross Age

Marcia is 57 years old as of 2019; she was born on March 25, 1962.

Marcia Cross Height

Marcia stands at a height of 5 feet 8½ inches (174 cm).

Marcia Cross Ethnicity

Marcia has both English and Irish ancestry.

Marcia Cross Education

Marcia attended Marlborough High School graduating in 1980. She received a half scholarship to Juilliard graduating in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Acting. In 2003 she graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Marcia Cross Family

Marcia is the daughter of Mark Cross who is a personnel manager and Janet who is a teacher. She has two siblings who are both sisters; Susan and Ellen.

Marcia Cross Husband

Marcia married her husband stockbroker Tom Mahoney on June 24, 2006, at San Gabriel’s Church of Our Saviour Episcopal parish in Pasadena, California after six months of dating.

Marcia Cross Husband Cancer

In the early 2009 Tom was diagnosed with throat cancer and overcame the disease after one year of intense chemotherapy regimen.

Marcia was previously in a long time relationship with actor Richard Jordan, who was 25 years her senior. Richard died in 1993 from a brain tumour.

Marcia Cross Children

Marcia and her husband have two daughters; fraternal twins Eden and Savannah who she conceived after she underwent in vitro fertilization soon after their wedding.

Marcia Cross Career

Marcia began her television career on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1984. She soon relocated to Los Angeles from New York and landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James. 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.

In 2004 she starred as Bree Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives the role earned her an Emmy nomination and three golden globe award nominations. She also received a Satellite Award for her performance in the show’s second season.

Marcia Cross Anal Cancer

Marcia was first diagnosed with anal cancer in November 2017 and announced she was in remission in September 2018.

In September 2018 she posted on Instagram saying she lost her hair due to cancer but said she was recovering from the disease.

“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra. Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you. Xxoo m.”

She later made another post explaining that she was post cancer and was and was living healthy, happy and more present.


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Love love love Healthy Marcia! Xoxoxo❤️❤️❤️

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In the third post, she said she felt liberated, deliriously free and completely her after she made her first post about cancer and her hairloss.


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Xo M.❤️❌⭕️🙏🏼

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On June 5, 2019 she appeared on CBS Morning where she talked about her experience with anal cancer hoping to end the stigma surrounding both the disease and its name.

She revealed that during her exam she didn’t think anything was wrong because she had no symptoms.

“I was so not thinking anything was wrong [during my exam] because I didn’t have any symptoms, and she gave me an exam and came around and said, ‘Well, I just want you to know, whatever it is it’s curable.’”

After the diagnosis, she said it took her a while for her to say ‘anus’ but she later got used to it.

“I know there are people who are ashamed. You have cancer! You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate.”

Marcia Cross HPV/ How Did Marcia Cross Get Anal Cancer

After Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer the doctors reportedly told her that the same type of HPV that triggered her husband’s disease (her husband was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009) could cause cancer in the anus.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV, the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US and affects around 79 million Americans.

Marcia Cross Movies and TV Shows

  • The Edge of Night as Liz Correll
  • Tales from the Darkside as Marie Alcott
  • Another World as Tanya
  • One Life to Live as Kate Sanders
  • Almost Grown as Lesley Foley
  • Cheers as Susan Howe
  • It’s Garry Shandling’s Show as Christine
  • Booker as Sherrie Binford
  • Quantum Leap as Stephanie Heywood
  • Knots Landing as Victoria Broyelard
  • Murder, She Wrote as Marci Bowman
  • Melrose Place as Kimberly Shaw
  • Seinfeld as Dr. Sara Sitarides
  • Ned & Stacey as Diana Huntley
  • Touched by an Angel as Lauren
  • Boy Meets World as Rhiannon Lawrence
  • The Outer Limits as Kate Woods
  • Spin City as Joan
  • Strong Medicine as Linda Loren
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Julia Fairmont
  • The King of Queens as Debi
  • Everwood as Dr. Linda Abbott
  • Brass as Victoria Willis
  • George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation as Anne Bingham
  • The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James as Sarah Hite
  • Storm and Sorrow as Marty Hoey
  • M.A.N.T.I.S. as Lila McEwan
  • All She Ever Wanted as Rachel Stockman
  • Target Earth as Karen Mackaphe
  • Dancing in September as Lydia Gleason
  • Living in Fear as Rebecca Hausman
  • Everwood as Dr. Linda Abbott
  • Desperate Housewives as Bree Van de Kamp
  • Law $ Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Quantico as Claire Haas
  • Jane the Novela as Renata

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Happy day in the woods! #healthy #happy #grateful #nofilter #nofacelift #nophotoshop

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