Beautiful red-haired and beloved actress Annette was born in Houston, Texas on April 1, 1952. She is a film/stage actress, dancer, writer, singer, producer and composer. She started with acting at a very young age and during the 60s, she began a career in theater and television. Some of the TV shows that she acted in were "My Three Sons" (1960), "Gunsmoke" (1955) and "The Partridge Family" (1970). She also started dancing and singing.
Her career on TV also began during the 60s, while work on films was smaller. At the end of the 70s, she made a first leading role in One on One (1977), as Robby Benson's mentor and girlfriend and a supporting role in King of the Gypsies (1978), opposite Eric Roberts and Susan Sarandon. She frequently played leading roles in TV films. At the beginning of the 80s, she played a leading role opposite Gary Busey in the comedy Foolin' Around (1980). From that point on larger parts in well-known motion pictures occurred. She appeared in the horror remake Cat People (1982) with Nastassja Kinski. Her most famous role of the 80s was in Superman III (1983), where she joined a well-known acting crew of "Superman" films, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and also with (also a new member of "Superman" films (a comic relief)) brilliant Richard Pryor.
She continued to work on TV films, but none of them were famous as "It" (1990), based upon Stephen King's novel, opposite John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Richard Masur and the unforgettable Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown, aka It.
Annette appeared in more films such as On Hope (1994) and Imaginary Crimes (1994) with Harvey Keitel, she still stood tight on TV. When it comes to TV series she is known for the role of Lisa Bridges in "Nash Bridges" (1996), but she is perhaps known to the wide audience as Martha Kent in "Smallville" (2001), a series about young Clark Kent/Superman. She also starred in the series "The Huntress" (2000).
Annette has been married to Michael McKean since 1999 and they were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song in the film A Mighty Wind (2003). She has two daughters from her previous marriage with Bill Geisslinger.
|Michael McKean||(20 March 1999 - present)|
|Bill Geisslinger||(8 April 1983 - 1993) (divorced) 2 children|
Red hair and red lips
Formerly lived in Ashland, Oregon.
Co-wrote Oscar-nominated song "A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow" for A Mighty Wind (2003) with husband Michael McKean. The couple performed their version when they were presenters at the 8th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards in Beverly Hills in 2004, as well as during TV and radio appearances.
In the comics, the two Superman characters she has played Martha Kent and Lana Lang are 5' 4". This is her height in real life.
She has two daughters from her first marriage. Their names are Nell Geisslinger and Anna Geisslinger.
Annette used her knack for knitting to raise funds for the Maryland chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She designed an afghan blanket which was auctioned off on eBay. She and her fellow "Smallville" (2001) cast and crew members knitted the squares that made up the blanket. Also, she participated in a similar project with other celebrity knitters to raise funds for those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.
Studied acting with Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio in California.
Is immortalized in a song written and performed by a musical group called The Davenports.
Has been mentioned in four "Jeopardy!" (1984) categories: Superman, Country Music, TV Shows By Cast and They All Played Country Singers.
She plays the mandolin.
Is one of a hundred celebrities featured in a cookbook of southern recipes that benefits a literacy center in Georgia.
Stepmother of Colin McKean and Fletcher McKean.
Is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Has resumed her career as a stage actress during the past few years. She has performed in productions of new and classic works. Even recorded a play for radio.
Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 7, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
I don't want this big stardom thing. I just want a good script.
(January 2008) Is in rehearsals for an Off-Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" at New York's Classic Stage Company. She plays the role of Paulina. The production begins sneak previews on February 20th. It opens March 13th. It closes March 30th.
(February 2008) Her limited engagement as Paulina in the Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway revival of "The Seagull" has been extended to close April 13th instead of March 30th in New York City.
(June 2008) Is heading back to New York's Playwrights Horizons Theater Company to play the lead role in "Kindness," a new play by Adam Rapp. O'Toole's character is a mother from Illinois who heads to Manhattan with her teenage son. The mother is a victim of a bad marriage and poor health. Rapp will direct Annette in the production this fall.
(February 2009) Is in rehearsals to play the character of Lily Forrest in "Magnolia," a new play by Regina Taylor. The play will run at Chicago's Goodman Theater from March 14th through April 19th.
(April 2009) Will be singing "A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow" with husband Michael McKean during several dates as part of the "Unwigged & Unplugged" tour. That event involves the members of Spinal Tap.
(August 2009) Is in rehearsals to play a major role in a new play by Jane Anderson this fall.
(October 2012) New York, NY, USA: Acting in new Off-Broadway play written by A.R. Gurney.
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