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Desperate Housewives Star Reveals His Own Addiction Following Hoffman Death

Shawn Pyfrom Writes About His Own Addiction Following Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Originally posted 02/03/2014 03:45PM

Philip Seymour Hoffman's talent inspired many young actors, and to former Desperate Housewives costar Shawn Pyfrom, the Oscar winner's tragic death on Sunday provided a wake-up call.

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Desperate Housewives Finale Proves Classically Desperate

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UpdatePosted 05/14/2012 10:30AM

Desperate Housewives Finale Proves Classically Desperate

Originally posted 05/14/2012 08:00AM

Desperate Housewives is over. For longtime fans of the ABC comedy-drama, the two-hour finale flew by.

The first half concluded the preposterous murder trial against Bree (Marcia Cross). It was sad to see Bree led off to the death chamber manacled and in an unflattering orange jumper. Am I kidding? As narrator Mary Alice would say: Yesssssss …

The second half saw the death of one of the best-loved residents of Wisteria Lane, plus a wedding and a birth. If you're at all up on the season you know who did what of which. In other words, it was sweet, it was pat, it was all a bit anticlimactic – but why wouldn't it be after all this time?

Here are some moments – none of them spoilers – that made the farewell classically Desperate.

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Desperate Housewives: Five Memorable Moments

Originally posted 05/14/2012 07:00AM



Desperate Housewives, ABC's groundbreaking dramedy, came to a close Sunday night after eight breezily entertaining seasons full of gossip, backstabbing, friendships and frenemy-ships, and many, many instances of rigor mortis setting in. Here are five of Wisteria Lane's most treasured snapshots – but do add your fondest memories in the comments below:

The mystery of Mary Alice, season 1, Oct. 3, 2004: The series hooked me right from its opener: Wisteria Street resident Mary Alice Williams (Brenda Strong), the show's narrator, tells us in a soothing, almost sunny tone how one day she reached into the top of her closet, took down a revolver and shot herself dead. Even though the mystery of her suicide was eventually solved, Mary Alice has remained the voice of the show ever since, commenting with compassion and sometimes rather heavy irony on the adventures of Susan, Bree, Lynette and Gabrielle. I would have gone for a cheap stunt and had the occasional guest narrator – Joy Behar, for instance – but Mary Alice's voice, even more than the tidy lawns and slickly painted houses, was always the real, unifying vision of Wisteria Lane.

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PHOTOS: The Desperate Housewives Stars, Then and Now | Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher

The Desperate Housewives Stars, Then and Now

Originally posted 05/13/2012 08:45PM

Sunday marks the end of road for the lovely ladies of Wisteria Lane. And what a road it's been. After eight seasons of drama, debauchery, tears and hilarity, ABC’s Desperate Housewives is coming to an end.

A lot has happened to the series' lovely stars, but time has been kind to the ladies. Check out a the photos of the show's core stars – Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria – when the series debuted (left) in 2004 and a new shot taken this year (right). They still look as sizzling as the day all the drama started.

While saying goodbye to Wisteria Lane isn't easy, Hatcher tells PEOPLE that embodying the role of Susan Mayer was "an opportunity that anyone would have been lucky to be a part of. I am at the top of the grateful list."

Here are a few thoughts from Hatcher and her fellow castmates about their years on the iconic show.

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Mother's Day Recipe: Marcia Cross's Brown Sugar Cookies

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Mother's Day Recipe: Marcia Cross's Brown Sugar Cookies

Originally posted 05/13/2012 04:00PM

Many moms like their families to cook for them on Mother's Day. But where Marcia Cross is concerned, there's a good chance she doesn't mind doing some baking of her own on her special day.

The Desperate Housewives actress, 50, honors her mom Janet by regularly cooking up her brown sugar cookies which calls "yummy," and says combined with milk, they are simply, "heaven."

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Nicollette Sheridan Testifies About Desperate Housewives Firing | Nicollette Sheridan

UpdatePosted 03/02/2012 12:15PM

Nicollette Sheridan Testifies About 'Humiliating' Slap to Her Head

Originally posted 03/02/2012 06:45PM

After a dispute about her lines, Nicollette Sheridan says that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry settled the argument in a shocking way.

He hit her with his open hand, she testified in court Thursday.

"It was a nice wallop to my head," the actress said in her multimillion-dollar wrongful termination trial in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Asked by her lawyer if she was willing to demonstrate in court for him, she said, "I don't want to hurt you."

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Inside Marcia Cross's Sweet Lunch with Her Twins | Marcia Cross

Inside Marcia Cross's Sweet Lunch with Her Twins

Originally posted 08/26/2011 10:00AM

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Desperate Housewives to End After Eight Seasons | Teri Hatcher

Desperate Housewives to End Run After Upcoming Eighth Season

Originally posted 08/08/2011 09:30AM

It's once more around the block for the ladies of Wisteria Lane.

ABC announced Sunday that Desperate Housewives will wrap its eight-year run in May, at the conclusion of its eighth season.

"This season of #DesperateHousewives will be the last. We will miss those ladies on Wisteria Lane but can't wait to see the final season!" the network tweeted on Sunday.

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Marcia Cross Never Told Her Daughters Their Dad Had Cancer

Marcia Cross: I Never Told My Daughters Their Dad Had Cancer

Originally posted 09/10/2010 10:00PM

Marcia Cross takes pride in knowing her 3½-year-old twin girls Eden and Savannah have carefree lives – and she intends to keep it that way.

Even though the Desperate Housewives star's husband Tom Mahoney battled cancer over the last year, she says the couple never considered telling their daughters.

"There's no point in telling our kids," Cross, 48, tells PEOPLE on Friday at the "Stand Up to Cancer" telecast in Los Angeles. "They were so young and anything to them is normal, so they didn't know things weren't normal."

"They're enjoying their life," she says. "Daddy's fine. It's in the past. He has nothing to say."

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Marcia Cross Says Michael Douglas's Cancer Fight  Gives Her Hope

Marcia Cross Says Michael Douglas's Cancer Fight Gives Her Hope

Originally posted 09/03/2010 02:40PM

Michael Douglas isn't alone.

The Tinseltown veteran, who recently revealed he'd been diagnosed with throat cancer and sent a defiant message about his chances, is lifting up the hopes of Marcia Cross, whose husband Tom Mahoney received his own cancer diagnosis last year.

"I look at Michael Douglas, who is about to undergo the same thing and that makes me have great hope for him and know that he can make it," the Desperate Housewives star, 48, tells Access Hollywood. "It's a tough road, but it is beatable."

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