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Overview (4)

Born in Palo Alto, California, USA
Birth NameTeri Lynn Hatcher
Nickname Hatch
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Teri Lynn Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California, the only child of Esther (Beshur), a computer programmer, and Owen Walker Hatcher, Jr., a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer. She has Syrian (from her immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Czech ancestry. Teri grew up in Sunnyvale, California, and spent her childhood dancing, and fishing with her father. While at Fremont High School, she was captain of the Featherettes, a dance team that had the look of regular cheerleaders, with the exception of the large headdresses they wore. She was voted "Most Likely to Become a Solid Gold (1980) Dancer" by her graduating class in 1982. Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco while taking a degree course in mathematics and engineering at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. She became a member of the 1984 Gold Rush, the name of the professional cheer leading squad of the American football San Francisco 49ers.

Hatcher went to Hollywood to lend moral support to a friend during a open casting call. She, however, auditioned and won the role of the singing and dancing mermaid for the television series The Love Boat (1977). She went on to play "Penny Parker," a ditsy but sweet-hearted struggling actress on MacGyver (1985). When that show ended, she auditioned for and won the role of smart and savvy "Lois Lane" on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), saying that she didn't want to be stuck with the pretty airhead image she had acquired as "Penny Parker."

She married actor Jon Tenney in May 1994. She gave birth to daughter Emerson Tenney on November 10, 1997. Later, she signed to play "Sally Bowles" in a road tour of Cabaret. The tour debuted in Los Angeles on March 2, 1999. Her final show was on September 4, 1999. She stayed out of the industry for a little bit before nabbing a role on the darkly comedic soap opera Desperate Housewives (2004), which could have been a huge mistake. The show turned out to be a mega-hit, which skyrocketed Hatcher to the A-list. Her portrayal of a divorced mother, "Susan Mayer," was consistently named as America's favorite "Desperate Housewife." Hatcher won both a Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and the SAG Award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series before the show's first season was even over.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an American actress, writer, presenter, and former NFL cheerleader. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: scaryofmonsters

Spouse (2)

Jon Tenney (27 May 1994 - 5 March 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
Markus Leithold (4 June 1988 - 2 June 1989) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice
Large brown eyes

Trivia (34)

#3 of Sci-Fi's Sexy 50, by Femme Fatales magazine. [1997]
Attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California (class of 1982).
Attended De Anza College for 2 1/2 years and dropped out when she landed the part of a mermaid on The Love Boat (1977).
The October 1996 issue of "Movieline" (US movie magazine) originally had a cover picture of her wearing nothing but rope wrapped around her. This proved too controversial and a second cover picture (her in a dress) was substituted.
Was a San Franciso 49ers cheerleader.
Married actor Jon Tenney in New York City at FAO Schwarz. They spent their honeymoon night at the Four Seasons hotel. [May 1994]
Filed for divorce from Jon Tenney, citing irreconcilable differences. According to the petition submitted in Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple have agreed to joint custody of their five-year-old daughter, Emerson Tenney (aka Emerson Rose Tenney). [February 2003]
Was captain of the Fremont High School Featherettes drill team.
In the mid-1990s, a photo of her wrapped in nothing but a red Superman cape famously became the most downloaded image on America Online.
Has appeared in two completely different, unrelated productions in which she played a character who was targeted by assassination by a hit man played by Vincent Schiavelli: the television series MacGyver (1985) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Auditioned for the part of Jamie Buchman in Mad About You (1992), opposite Paul Reiser, which went to Helen Hunt.
First person to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for a show that has not yet completed its first season.
First husband Markus Leithold said their marriage was over even before they got the wedding photos developed.
Broke two ribs filming a scene for Desperate Housewives (2004), in which she stumbles into a wedding cake.
Won two Awards at the British Glamour magazine's Women of the Year Awards in London, England, on June 7, 2005. She was named U.S. TV actress of the Year for her role as single mother Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives (2004), and also got the Editor's Special Award for her talent to combine motherhood and a career while looking glamorous at the same time.
[2005] Chosed by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Clairol has signed her to a multiyear contract to be the Nice 'N Easy hair color spokesperson. She will promote the brand across marketing vehicles, including television and print advertising, public relations, interactive, and in-store and direct-to-consumer initiatives. [September 16, 2005].
She and Desperate Housewives (2004) co-star Marcia Cross both made guest appearances on Seinfeld (1989) as prospective girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld.
Received the World Actress Award at the 2005 Women's World Awards in Leipzig, Germany.
Her inspirational autobiography, "Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life", was released in hardcover by publisher Hyperion on May 2, 2006, in the United States. The audio CD version of the book narrated by Teri Hatcher was released on the same date. The book deals with a woman's struggle of to juggle life through good times and bad.
Her father was of English, and some Irish, descent. Her maternal grandfather, Isbir K. Beshur, was Syrian, while her maternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Kolar, was of half Bohemian (Czech) and half Irish, ancestry. She stated on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that she may be of 1/16th Choctaw Native American descent.
In 2002, Hatcher was visiting her parents in her native Sunnyvale when she read about teenager Sarah Van Cleempunt who had committed suicide and left behind a note that said "You're probably thinking a normal teenager doesn't do this; well, ask Dick!" Dick was Richard Hayes Stone, Hatcher's uncle, who had been a trusted family friend of the Van Cleemputs and both families had vacationed together. Hatcher contacted prosecutors and with a tape recording running, Hatcher explained in detail how her uncle - the then-husband of her mother's sister - allegedly molested her in the late 1960s and early '70s when she was no more than 7. After prosecutors gave the defense a transcript of Hatcher's interview, Stone pleaded guilty Oct. 24, 2002, leaving no need for a trial nor a court appearance for Hatcher. His victim included another girl who has never been identified. Stone, then 64-years-old, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation in the case of the 14-year-old victim and received 14 years in prison. Chuck Gillingham, the Santa Clara County deputy district attorney in California, said, "Without Teri, this case would have been dismissed."

In an interview with Vanity Fair for their April 2006 edition, Hatcher revealed that at the time she talked to the authorities, she was afraid if her story came out in the tabloids, she would be seen as a has-been actress seeking publicity. "At the end of the day, there was no way I was not going to put this girl first, before whatever damage might be done to me," Hatcher told the magazine. "But my fear is far outweighed by what I know is my obligation to help other victims of sexual abuse to not feel alone."

The perpetrator of the abuse, Richard Hayes Stone, died of colon cancer in prison in August 2008.
Suffered an injury to her right eye when a lightbulb exploded on the Desperate Housewives (2004) set on April 25, 2006. Her cornea was scratched and she wore an eye patch, but she returned to work in a few days.
Named #7 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).
Named #10 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement (2006).
Loves fishing and enjoys playing golf. Has enjoyed fishing since before her teenage years.
She and actor Steven Schub (lead singer of ska band The Fenwicks) were classmates at the American Conservatory Theater, and Annette Bening was their teacher.
Ranked #6 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
Years after gaining fame as "Lois Lane" on TV's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), she played Lois Lane's mother in the Smallville (2001) episode, Smallville: Abandoned (2010). In so doing, she became the third actress who previously played "Lois Lane" to later play Lane's mother. Phyllis Coates, who played "Lois Lane" on Adventures of Superman (1952), played Hatcher's Lois's mother on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Noel Neill, who played "Lois Lane" on Adventures of Superman (1952), played Lois's mother in the movie Superman (1978).
Along with Dean Cain, Patrick Cassidy, Michael McKean, George Murdock, Richard Gant and Rob LaBelle, she is one of only seven actors to appear in both Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Smallville (2001) and the only woman to do so.
Gave birth to her first child at age 33, a daughter Emerson Rose Tenney (aka Emerson Tenney) on November 10, 1997. Child's father is her second husband, Jon Tenney.
She has two roles in common with both Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates: (1) Neill played Lois Lane in Superman (1948), Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) and Adventures of Superman (1952), Coates played her in Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and Adventures of Superman (1952) and Hatcher played her in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and (2) Neill played Lois' mother Ellen Lane in Superman (1978), Coates played her in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The House of Luthor (1994) and Hatcher played her in Smallville: Abandoned (2010).
Along with Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, Hatcher is one of the three stars to have appear in every episode of Desperate Housewives (2004).
Miss Hatcher is the only actress to date to have the distinction of portraying the love interests of both Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and of James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

Personal Quotes (9)

My advice, be healthy, reach your own goals, and don't be afraid to impersonate an SNL star. (AOL 7/96)
Despite the fact that I have a good-size pair of breasts ... in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), I have the opportunity to show the world they're not my only attribute.
What's good about talking about being victimized is that it is the beginning of being able to stop it.
[on her audition for Desperate Housewives (2004)] I had to test, the whole rigmarole, but it was one of the greatest auditions I ever had. I left the building knowing I had this.
Let me just say that every cover of every magazine I've done has been airbrushed to death. No woman should walk around thinking that's what they should be. You shouldn't be beating yourself up.
[on her marriage to Jon Tenney] I was consumed with being a mom. I didn't think beyond that.
[on turning 40] I feel more comfortable with myself now. I don't know if I feel sexier. I feel more whole.
[on her marriage breakup and lack of career prospects] I was in some deeply, deeply sad places. I wanted something to be solid for Emerson. When I was crying there, I was feeling I wouldn't be able to pay my mortgage for much longer -- there was a lot of money that I'd had that I didn't have anymore. That was a low point.
I love clothes that when you put them on, you feel like you. I don't care whether anyone else likes them. (Woman's World magazine 1-31-06)

Salary (6)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) $75,000 /episode
Desperate Housewives (2004) $6,500,000 (2005-2006 season)
Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2009-10)
Desperate Housewives (2004) $400,000 /episode (2010-11)
Desperate Housewives (2004) Season 1 - $70,000 per episode, Season 2 - $285,000 per episode
Desperate Housewives (2004) $440,000 per episode

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