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Mary Alice Young (played by Brenda Strong) Brenda Lee Strong (born March 25, 1960 in Brightwood, Oregon, U.S.) is an American actress.

Strong grew up near Portland, Oregon and graduated in 1978 from Sandy High School in Sandy, Oregon. She later moved to Arizona to attend college. She graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor of Music in musical theatre. Strong was crowned Miss Arizona in 1980.

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 favorite 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. She also appeared on The WB's hit show Dawson's Creek in the episode 'High Anxiety' as Audrey's mother.

She is well known to viewers 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 The WB's popular 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls and Everwood. While working for the WB, 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 appears on the ABC hit dramedy Desperate Housewives, opposite Huffman and Teri Hatcher. She played the deceased Mary Alice Young, who narrated the events of her four best friends' lives from beyond the grave.

Strong appeared in movies such as Spaceballs, The Deep End of the Ocean, Red Dragon, Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers 2. More recently, she can be seen in the dramatic Lifetime movie Family in Hiding which premiered on August 6, 2006. (Courtesy of

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