Brenda Strong is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the mid-1980s. During her early years, she had guest appearances in the television shows St. Elsewhere, MacGyver, and Dallas, among others. She also acted in the movies Weekend Warriors and Spaceballs. In the ’90s, she appeared in the films Malice, Starship Troopers, and The Craft. She also appeared as Jones in four episodes of Twin Peaks. She later appeared in six episodes of Party of Five. She also appeared as Sally Sasser in Sports Night. In the 2000s, she had notable roles in 7th Heaven, Everwood, and The Help. She then became widely known for her role as Mary Alice Young in Desperate Housewives. After the series ended, she starred as Ann Ewing in Dallas. As of 2012, she’s the narrator of the show Blood Relatives.