Mary Crosby

Mary Crosby Biography

Mary Frances Crosby (born September 14, 1959) is an American actress. She played Kristin Shepard in the television series Dallas (1979-1981).

Personal life

Crosby was born in Los Angeles, the only daughter of singer and actor Bing Crosby, from his second marriage to the actress Kathryn Grant. She graduated from high school at 15 and entered the University of Texas at Austin where she became a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority but dropped out of school. She is fluent in Spanish. She married Eb Lottimer in 1978 (the couple divorced in 1989), and secondly to Mark Brodka (1998-present), by whom she has two children.


Crosby played Kristin Shepard (Sue Ellen Ewing's scheming sister) on the prime time soap opera Dallas from 1979-81, and a further guest appearance in 1991. 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". In that highly watched episode, J.R. Ewing (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. In the summer of 1980, the question, "Who shot J. R.?", was being asked in everyday conversations around the world.

Ultimately, Kristin Shepard 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. Her character, Kristin Shepard, later made an appearance on the Dallas spin-off series Knots Landing in 1980, before a brief return to Dallas in 1981. 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 episode of Dallas in 1991, playing the same character in a vision experienced by J.R.

After Dallas, Crosby starred in ABC miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985) and North and South, Book II (1986). She guest-starred on Hotel, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Dream On and Beverly Hills, 90210.

In 1981, she played the leading role of a woman stalked in the remake of the Doris Day thriller Midnight Lace. Other film credits include Last Plane Out (1983), The Ice Pirates (1984), Tapeheads (1988) "In the heat of the night" andThe Legend of Zorro (2005).



  • The Danny Thomas Hour as Joan (1 episode, 1967)
  • Starsky and Hutch as Leslie Slate (1 episode, 1978)
  • Pearl as Patricia North (TV miniseries, 1978)
  • CHiPs as Chris (1 episode, 1979)
  • Brothers and Sisters as Suzy Cooper (12 episodes, 1979)
  • Knots Landing as Kristin Shepard (1 episode, 1980)
  • Dallas as Kristin Shepard (28 episodes, 1979-1981, 1991)
  • Dick Turpin as Jane Harding (5 episodes, 1981)
  • Automan as Ellen Fowler (1 episode, 1983)
  • The Fall Guy as Coleen Wilcox (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
  • Cover Up as Merilee Taylor (1 episode, 1984)
  • Finder of Lost Loves as Blythe Stewart (1 episode, 1984)
  • Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense as Ann Preston (1 episode, 1984)
  • Glitter as Karinova (1 episode, 1984)
  • Hollywood Wives as Karen Lancaster (TV miniseries, 1985)
  • Hotel as Maggie Blackwood/Barbara Medford/Natalie Rogers (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
  • The Love Boat as Megan Lewis ... (5 episodes, 1982-1986)
  • North and South, Book II as Isabel Hazard (TV miniseries, 1986)
  • The New Adventures of Beans Baxter as Professor Vankleef (2 episodes, 1987)
  • In the Heat of the Night as J.D. Sinclaire (1 episode, 1989)
  • Freddy's Nightmares as Greta Moss (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
  • Shades of LA as Jessica Pope (1 episode, 1990)
  • Paradise as K. C. Cavanaugh (1 episode, 1991)
  • Murder, She Wrote as Laura Corman/Mariah Osborn (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Monique (1 episode, 1993)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Natima Lang (Episode, "Profit and Loss" 1994)
  • Platypus Man as Beth Garland (1 episode, 1995)
  • Pointman as Dr. Elizabeth Andreas (1 episode, 1995)
  • Burke's Law as Heather Bonham (1 episode, 1995)
  • Dream On as Beverly (1 episode, 1995)
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 as Claudia Van Eyck (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
  • Mike Hammer, Private Eye as Sheryl Weathersby (1 episode, 1997)
  • Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork as Herself (2004)


  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1970) as Goldilocks
  • With This Ring (1978 film) (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
  • ' (1987) as Adele
  • Tapeheads (1988) as Samantha Gregory
  • Deadly Innocents (1989) as Beth/Cathy
  • Body Chemistry (1990) as Marlee Redding
  • ' (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 (2013) as Rita Stephenson

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