Brenda Strong

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Elegant and timeless, two-time Emmy nominee Brenda Strong was most recently seen in the feature film "The Leisure Class," produced in conjunction with HBO's behind-the-scenes documentary series "Project Greenlight." She also recently ended a three-season run as Ann Ewing in TNT’s continuation of the classic series “Dallas.”

Strong is well known to television audiences for her eight seasons as Mary-Alice Young, the departed narrator of ABC’s smash hit “Desperate Housewives,” and as Sue Ellen Mishkie (a.k.a. “The Braless Wonder”) on the award-winning series “Seinfeld.” Other television credits include roles on series such as “Scandal,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Sports Night,” “Gilmore Girls” and “CSI.” Strong also starred in the telefilms "Ice Sculpture Christmas" for the Hallmark Channel and “Family in Hiding” for Lifetime.

On the feature side, Strong has starred in the films “The Kid and I,” “The Work and the Glory” series, “Ocean of Pearls,” “A Plumm Summer,” “You” and “Road to Redemption.” Other feature credits include “Starship Troopers,” “The Deep End of the Ocean,” “The Craft” and “Spaceballs.” She also won best actress for the short film “Girl with the Alligator Purse” at the 2014 Chicago Film Festival.

Strong starred in the critically-acclaimed “Titus Redux” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The drama was selected by Center Theatre Group for its prestigious “Under the Radar” Festival in 2012. She also recently completed a hilarious turn in the funny and touching play "Trevor" at Los Angeles' Circle X Theatre Company.

In addition to her impressive acting career, Strong is a producer and participant in the Women in Film’s 2015 mentorship program. She is also a certified yoga instructor who produces and stars in “Strong Yoga4Fertility,” a line of videos designed to help infertile couples through yoga therapy. She has taught at the Mind Body Institute at UCLA and Newport Beach and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yo San University for her work in the field of women's wellness. Strong is the national spokesperson for the American Fertility Association and a board member of Events of the Heart, an organization dedicated to promoting heart health through the creative arts. She has performed at several Heart events at Lincoln Center, the Geffen Playhouse and Maria Shriver’s Women’s Health Conference. Her efforts have been featured in Alternative Medicine Magazine, Shape Magazine for Pregnancy, Plum, Conceive, Yoga Journal and Yoga Magazine.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Strong attended Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater.

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