'Desperate Housewives' actress finally gets Emmy nomination
July 14th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

'Desperate Housewives' actress finally gets Emmy nomination

When the phone rang on the West Coast super early Thursday morning, "Desperate Housewives" actress Brenda Strong immediately feared that there may have been a death in the family.

Instead, she should have worried for her own health.

"I'm the one that could have had a heart attack," Strong joked to CNN. "I was so surprised."

After seven seasons voicing the often off camera, deceased Mary Alice Young on the ABC show, Strong has finally been nominated for outstanding voice-over performance.

Young, who is up against actors from "Futurama," "The Simpsons," "Robot Chicken," "Moguls & Movie Stars" and "The Looney Tunes Show," said she had even forgotten that the Emmy nominations were being announced.

"[ABC] has submitted me for the past seven years, and the first few years there was that anticipation of 'maybe,'" Strong said. "But at this point, I was sleeping and didn't have a clue."

The actress said she is beyond excited, with "lucky number seven" being the charm so far.  She enjoys the job of voicing Mary Alice, even if it doesn't mean much screen time.

All that is about to change for Strong, however, as she has been cast as Bobby Ewing's new wife, Ann, on the TNT reboot of "Dallas."

Strong said she loves working with Patrick Duffy, and is fully aware that fans of the original show loved the coupling of Duffy's character with Pam Ewing (played by Victoria Principal).

"I'm just hoping that fans can accept that Bobby has a new love because the chemistry between us is really good," Strong said. "I think it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but once they see our relationship they will enjoy it. I'm also excited because there is a whole new generation that has never seen the show before that is going to have an identity with this entire epic."

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  1. Jake

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    April 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peace

    I really like that show! Good for her, I hope she wins!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tracie

    Can you imagine what this woman's butthole must look like in person??

    July 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa France

    How fantastic! Finally the voice of Desperate Housewives is really heard in one of the most fantastic acknowledgments TV gets each year! Woo Hoo Brenda! We love you doll! Good luck! It couldn't have happened to a more lovely human being!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Luis Moro

    We are beyond excited here in fan world. Brenda strong is a Classy, Talented and Gorgeous as it gets. Her acting is fantastic, her signing is phenomenal and her commitment to making a difference is outstanding. Heck, Brenda Strong for POTUS 2012.... you get my point. Millions of us love you out here in fan world Brenda....

    July 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tracie

    Casey Anthony should audition for SNL. She's hilarious.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |

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