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Mary Frances Crosby

Also Known As: "Mary Frances Crosby", "Mary Francis Crosby"
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bing Crosby and Kathryn Grant
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Sister of Harry Lillis Crosby, III and Nathaniel Patrick Crosby
Half sister of Gary Crosby; Phillip Lang Crosby; Dennis Michael Crosby and Lindsay Harry Crosby

Occupation: Actress, Actor
Managed by: Jonathan Carreira
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About Mary Frances Crosby

Mary Frances Crosby (born September 14, 1959) is an American actress. She is most often credited as simply Mary Crosby for her performances.

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. She graduated from high school at 15. 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.

Family life

Aunt of Denise Crosby (although Denise is 2 years her senior) L. Chip Crosby Jr, and Gregory Crosby
Cousin of Cathy Crosby and Chris Crosby
Niece of the bandleader Bob Crosby and the agent Larry Crosby
Sister of Harry Crosby and Nathaniel Crosby
Half-sister of Gary, Dennis, Phillip and Lindsay Crosby

She has been twice married:

1) Eb Lottimer (1978 - 1989) divorced
2) Mark Brodka (1998–present); two children (born 1999 and 2002)

Acting career

Crosby may be most noted for her role as Kristin Shepard (Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister) on the TV 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. 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.

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..

Film and Television appearances

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Mary Frances Crosby's Timeline

September 14, 1959
Los Angeles, CA, USA