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We welcome Marcia Cross to "The Better Half" of life! Her beauty, tenacity, talent, and perseverance have culminated in a celebrated career, marriage, and motherhood realized post-age 40. Our viewers agree! We polled our audience of and here's some comments:

"Marcia Cross is so inspiring!"

"Not since Lucille Ball has there been such a smart redhead in Hollywood!"

"She got married and started a family over 40. If she can do it, so can I."

"She's fierce, and fearless! I bet she also has alot of fun."

"She has glamor, intelligence, humor, all rolled into one."

From Melrose Place, to Wisteria Lane and a master's degree in between, here, a few facts about this inspiring and adored actress, mom, and icon:

Name: Marcia Anne Cross Birthdate/location: 25 March 1962, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m) Milestones:

1984: graduated from Julliard School in New York. Worked on several Soap Operas.

1992: Kimberly Shaw on "Melrose Place"

1993: her long-time companion, Richard Jordan, died.

1997: left "Melrose Place" to get her Master's Degree in Psychology.

2002: starred on the show "Everwood" for one year.

2004: began playing Bree Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives" Nominations from her roll as Bree on "Housewives" include Golden Globe, Golden Satelitte, TV Guide Award and SAG Award.

2006: married Tom Mahoney (Reem Acra designed her dress)

2007: had twin daughters Eden and Savannah

All photos by PMC Patrick Mc Mullan. To see more celebrity photos, click here

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