Brenda Strong is an American actress best known for her role as Mary Alice Young on the television series Desperate Housewives.
She also stars as Ann Ewing, the third wife of Bobby Ewing, in the primtime soap opera Dallas.
Her first break after college was a spot in Billy Crystal's 1984 music video You Look Marvelous.
Her first television appearances began in 1985 with brief stints on St. Elsewhere, MacGyver, and Cheers. She also made guest appearances on Matlock, Murphy Brown, Herman's Head, Blossom, as well as a recurring role on the cult favourite Twin Peaks.
By the mid-90s, she was a regular guest player on dozens of series, with prominent recurring roles on 3rd Rock From the Sun, Party of Five, and most notably as Elaine's rival Sue Ellen Mischke, the bra-less wonder, on Seinfeld.
Strong also appeared on ER, Picket Fences and Silk Stalkings, and in the Dawson's Creek episode "High Anxiety" as Audrey's mother.
She is well known for recurring roles on Sports Night, in which she played Sally Sasser, the nemesis of Felicity Huffman's Dana Whitaker. She also guest starred on 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls and Everwood.
While working for the WB (on 7th Heaven), she also managed to squeeze in guest appearances on Ally McBeal, Nip/Tuck, CSI, Malcolm in the Middle, and the short-lived The Lyon's Den.
Strong appeared on the hit dramedy Desperate Housewives playing the deceased Mary Alice Young, who narrates the events of her four best friends' lives from beyond the grave.
Strong appears in movies such as Spaceballs, The Deep End of the Ocean, Red Dragon, Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers 2.
She can also be seen in the dramatic Lifetime movie Family in Hiding, which premiered on August 6, 2006.