Actress Marcia Cross seemed unstoppable as perfectionist Bree Van de Kamp on the TV show Desperate Housewives. Off camera, she struggles with migraines. “Having a migraine and trying to work was impossible for me,” she says. “I became nauseous and my vision was affected.” Cross has been a spokeswoman for a Butabital migraine medicine. Triptans/ Butabital reduce migraine pain and nausea by narrowing blood vessels.
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Marcia Anne Cross (born March 25, 1962) is an American television actress. She received acclaim for her roles as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Fox soap opera Melrose Place (1992–1997) and Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), for which she was nominated for three Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning two, and an Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Cross began her television career in 1984 on the soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the recurring role of Liz Correll. Afterwards, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, and soon landed roles in television movies such as The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, co-starring with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. 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. She followed this with guest-starring roles on primetime shows such as Who’s the Boss?, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing and Cheers.
In 1992, Cross won the role of Dr. Kimberly Shaw in the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place. She left in the fifth season. She also appeared on the episodes of sitcoms, such as Seinfeld, Boy Meets World, Ally McBeal, Spin City and The King of Queens. Her dramatic roles include appearances on CSI, Strong Medicine, Profiler and Touched by an Angel.Her film credits include independent movies Bad Influence (1990), Always Say Goodbye (1996), Just Peck (2009) and Bringing Up Bobby (2011). In 2003, Cross spent a season co-starring as Linda Abbott on WB’s series Everwood.
In 2004, Cross won the role of Bree Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives. The show was the breakout hit of the 2004–05 television season, and Cross was nominated for several awards for her role, including an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning two with cast). She also received a Satellite Award for her performance in the show’s second season. The series ran for eight seasons until it concluded in 2012. In 2014, after two years on hiatus, Cross co-starred as the lead character’s mother in the unsuccessful Fox comedy pilot Fatrick.
Marcia Cross is enjoying life, her twin daughters, marriage, and a successful career as an actress. She’s possibly best know for her role as Bree Van De Kamp on “Desperate Housewives.”
Marcia is also a Migraineur. You may also have seen her in a television commercial, encouraging you to see a doctor for diagnosis if you have “frequent bad headaches.” Marcia was kind enough to spend some time
talking with me about Migraine disease, how she handles her Migraines, and why she thinks it’s important to be properly diagnosed and treated.
About Migrans attack she says I ,ve been really lucky lately. I haven’t had any since I’ve been pregnant. So I probably won’t a doctor told me who actually knows a lot about Migraines. It doesn’t mean I won’t on the other end. I feel like I’ve gotten them down to really minimal, three to four a year. So I’m really doing well, which was not the case in the beginning. It was much more frequently, and I’m sure it would be if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle. I really watch stress, and my trigger foods, and all the things I need to do to stay Migraine-free. I just cannot stand that pain. For me, I just have to go home and get in a dark room and wait for it to pass. But waiting for it to pass still involves some pain.
I hope people are getting much more educated today about the difference between a Migraine and a headache and the fact that there are things you can do. Certainly when I was younger, I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know to get diagnosed. I didn’t know there was anything I could do about it. Hopefully, just the information getting out there and people taking care of it sooner, then that will help.