Annette O'Toole Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameAnnette Toole
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Annette O'Toole grew up in the Houston dance studio run by her mother. She made her television debut at the age of two, as a kid on The Don Mahoney Kiddie Trooper Show. When she was 13, with ten years of singing and dancing lessons behind her, she and her mother went to L.A. for a year to see if she could have a career in show business. Within two months, she got her first professional job: dancing with Danny Kaye on The Danny Kaye Show. "I've used my singing and dancing training in so many ways," she says. "The discipline you get from that is wonderful for an actor."

O'Toole's first acting role was in My Three Sons, followed by appearances in Gunsmoke, The Partridge Family, The Mod Squad, and Hawaii Five-O. Over the decades she has appeared in more than 40 series (among them Law & Order, Nash Bridges, and The Outer Limits), mini-series (Lonesome Dove, Dead by Sunset, Jewels) and TV movies, most notably playing (and singing as) Tammy Wynette in Stand By Your Man and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in The Kennedys of Massachusetts, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Playing Beverly Marsh in Stephen King's It is one of her fondest memories. (O'Toole judges her favorites based on the filming experience.) In this century, she played a bounty hunter on The Huntress, Clark Kent's adoptive mom on Smallville (where she and John Glover became lifelong friends) and Jim Carrey's mom on Kidding. She is currently a regular on the Netflix series Virgin River, renewed for a fifth season.

Her film career began in 1975, playing a Young American Miss contestant in Michael Ritchie's Smile. She has since appeared in such iconic films as 48 Hrs., Cat People, and Superman III as Lana Lang. (She has played Superman's adoptive mother and, here, his girlfriend.) Her favorite - out of all the TV and films - is the 1987 movie Cross My Heart, in which she co-starred with Martin Short as a couple on their third date, both of whom are trying to figure out how to share their biggest secrets.

For all her success in film and television, O'Toole's deepest love is the theater. When her six-year run on Smallville ended, she decided to focus on theater, which she has been doing for the past decade. She went to New York and her first audition led to her being cast in The Sea Gull. She has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, among them Adam Rapp's Kindness, Tracy Letts' Man from Nebraska, and Tennessee Williams' A Lovely Sunday For Creve Couer. (Performing on Broadway is still her goal.) She has also appeared in many regional productions, including Wendy Wasserstein's Third, Regina Taylor's Magnolia, and Jane Anderson's The Quality of Life.

Her most rewarding theatrical role was in Southern Comfort at the Public Theater in 2016. She played transgender male Robert Eads, for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award. ("Today they'd hire a transgender male," she says. "As they should.")

O'Toole's most fortuitous casting was co-starring with Michael McKean in the Lifetime movie Final Justice. Having known each other casually, they became good friends as they filmed in Portland. Back in L.A., their first date was the 1997 UCLA concert with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison. Soon after that they were married, each bringing along two children from previous marriages. Prolific songwriters - they co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated song "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" for the Christopher Guest film A Mighty Wind, which McKean starred in - they took their repertoire on the road in 2005, performing all around Los Angeles and at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York. They are currently working on a new musical called Harold and Lillian, based on a documentary of the same name.

"I'm really lucky because I found something that I love early on," O'Toole says, "and I love it even more now than I did then."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: svedzin

Family (3)

Spouse Michael McKean (20 March 1999 - present)
Bill Geisslinger (8 April 1983 - 1993)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Nell Geisslinger
Anna Geisslinger
Parents William West Toole Jr.
Dorothy Geraldine Niland

Trade Mark (1)

Red hair and red lips

Trivia (25)

Played Clark Kent's teenage sweetheart, Lana Lang, in Superman III (1983), and his (adoptive) mother, Martha Kent, in Smallville (2001).
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.
Vickie Howell, the host of Knitty Gritty (2004), the cable TV show, named a scarf for Annette. It's called the Lana And Clark Ascot.
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.
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.
Almost substituted for Parker Posey during a 2003 concert tour that was done in connection with A Mighty Wind (2003).
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.
She has English, Irish, Scottish, Bohemian (Czech), and Cajun ancestry. Her matrilineal great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Matejowsky, was a Bohemian/Czech immigrant.
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.
She made guest appearances on both of the longest-running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) (in 1970) and Law & Order (1990) (in 2000).
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. [January 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. [June 2008]
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. [February 2009]
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. [February 2008]
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. [April 2009]
A favorite of critic Pauline Kael, who singled out her performance in Cat People (1982) as one of its redeeming features. Fellow critic Stephanie Zacharek recalled that, on first meeting her, Kael exclaimed delightedly, "You have Annette O'Toole's hair!".
In an interview with Michael Rosenbaum, she admitted that she was a fan of Superman comic book as a kid.
Was in an 8-year relationship with Bruno Kirby.

Personal Quotes (1)

I don't want this big stardom thing. I just want a good script.

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