Mary Crosby

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Mary Crosby
BornMary Frances Crosby
(1959-09-14) September 14, 1959 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1967 - present
Spouse(s)Eb Lottimer (1978 - 1989)
Mark Brodka (1998 - present)
Children2
ParentsBing Crosby, Kathryn Grant Crosby
 
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Mary Crosby
BornMary Frances Crosby
(1959-09-14) September 14, 1959 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1967 - present
Spouse(s)Eb Lottimer (1978 - 1989)
Mark Brodka (1998 - present)
Children2
ParentsBing Crosby, Kathryn Grant Crosby

Mary Frances Crosby (born September 14, 1959) is an American actress, best known for her role as Kristin Shepard in Dallas (1979-1981).[1]

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Early life

She was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of the singer and actor Bing Crosby, from his second marriage to the actress Kathryn Grant.[1] She graduated from high school at 15[1]. She then entered the University of Texas at Austin where she became a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, but dropped out of the University before graduating. She is fluent in Spanish.

Career

Crosby may be most noted for her role as Kristin Shepard (Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister) on the Television drama series Dallas from 1979 to 1981. Her character is perhaps best remembered for her part in the cliffhanger ending of the 1979-1980 season of Dallas, entitled "A House Divided", that was resolved in the fourth episode of the following season, "Who Done It".[2] In that highly watched episode, J.R. Ewing, (played by Larry Hagman) was shot by an unknown assailant. Viewers had to wait all summer (and most of the fall due to a Hollywood actors' strike) to learn whether J.R. would survive, and which of his many enemies was responsible. During the summer of 1980, the question, "Who shot J.R.?", was being asked in everyday conversations around the world. Ultimately, Kristin Shepard (Crosby) was revealed to have been the person who pulled the trigger in the classic "Who Shot J.R.?" episode that aired on November 21, 1980. It was one of the highest-rated episodes of a TV show ever aired.[3][4] Crosby's character, Kristin Shepard, later crossed over to the TV series Knots Landing in the 1980-81 season. In 1981, Kristin returned to Dallas. Once again the focus of a highly rated cliffhanger, it was revealed in the season opening episode (October 9, 1981) that it was Kristin's body that was found floating in the Southfork Ranch swimming pool. She returned for the final fantasy episode of Dallas in 1991, playing the same character had she never met J.R..

Crosby starred in ABC miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985) and North and South, Book II (1986). Crosby guest-starred on the Hotel, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dream On (TV series) and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1981, Crosby played the leading role of a woman stalked in the remake of the Doris Day thriller Midnight Lace.[1] Her other film credits include Last Plane Out (1983), The Ice Pirates (1984), Tapeheads (1988) and The Legend of Zorro (2005).

Personal life

She has been twice married. Eb Lottimer (1978[3] - 1989[5],divorced), and Mark Brodka (1998–present); two children (born 1999 and 2002).

Filmography

Television

Film

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1970) as Goldilocks
  • With This Ring (1978) as Lisa Harris
  • A Guide for the Married Woman (1978) as Eloise
  • Midnight Lace (1981) as Cathy Preston
  • Golden Gate (1981) as Natalie Kingsley
  • Confessions of a Married Man (1983) as Ellen
  • Last Plane Out (1983) as Elizabeth Rush
  • The Ice Pirates (1984) as Princess Karina
  • Final Jeopardy (1985) as Susan Campbell
  • Crazy Dan (1986) as Bonnie
  • Stagecoach (1986) as Mrs. Lucy Mallory
  • Johann Strauss - Der König ohne Krone (1987) as Adele
  • Tapeheads (1988) as Samantha Gregory
  • Deadly Innocents (1989) as Beth/Cathy
  • Body Chemistry (1990) as Marlee Redding
  • Quicker Than the Eye (1990) as Mary Preston
  • Corporate Affairs (1990) as Jessica Pierce
  • Eating (1990) as Kate
  • Crack Me Up (1991) as Stacey
  • The Berlin Conspiracy (1992) as Ursula Schneider
  • Distant Cousins (1993) as Marcie
  • Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them (1994) as Jennifer
  • Cupid (1997) as Dana Rhodes
  • The Night Caller (1998) as Nikki Rogers
  • Sharing the Secret (2000) as Irene
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005) as Governor's Wife
  • Queen of the Lot (2010) as Frances Lambert Sapir
  • Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2012) as Sharon Cooper
  • The M Word |The M Word (2013) as Rita Stephenson

References

  1. ^ a b c d Mary Crosby- Biography, Yahoo!
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1980-11-22). "Quotation of the Day". The New York Times: p. 2.47. "No, J.R.'s beautiful wife did not do it. She was too obvious a suspect. The real culprit was her conniving sister, Kristin, the only other character in Dallas capable of equalling J.R. at viciousness. At 10:54 last night, Kristin, played by Mary Crosby, daughter of the late Bing, stepped forward to admit the dirty deed." 
  3. ^ a b http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20078063,00.html People December 8, 1980
  4. ^ http://www.ultimatedallas.com/dallasinterviews/maryinterview.htm Ultimate Dallas
  5. ^ "Divorced - And Living All Alone in an Isolated Farmhouse." Globe March 19, 1991: 46.

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