Marcia Anne Cross (born March 25, 1962) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as disturbed Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place (1992-1997), and neurotic perfectionist Bree Van de Kamp on the satirical series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), for which she has earned multiple accolades, including a Satellite Award, as well as nominations at the Emmys and the Golden Globes, amongst others. Cross was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She is one of three daughters of Janet, a teacher, and Mark Cross, a personnel manager. Cross was raised Catholic, and attended Marlborough High School, from where she graduated in 1980. Upon graduating high school, Cross received a half-scholarship to Juilliard, and graduated in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Acting.