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Teri Hatcher Bio
Teri 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 (1993–97), and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004–12), 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.
1984–1992: Early work
Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater. One of her early jobs (in 1984) was as an NFL cheerleader with the San Francisco 49ers. From September 1985 to May 1986 she joined the cast of the TV series The Love Boat, playing the role of “Amy”, one of the “Mermaid” showgirls. From 1986 to 1989, she appeared in the recurring role of “Penny Parker” opposite Richard Dean Anderson‘s eponymous hero on the TV series MacGyver. In 1987, she played the daughter of Patty Duke‘s lead character in the short-lived Fox comedy Karen’s Song. In 1988, she made a guest appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Robinson. In 1989, she guest-starred in an episode of Quantum Leap titled “Star Crossed”.
Hatcher’s next TV series role, in 1991, was in the Norman Lear creation Sunday Dinner. She portrayed a 26-year-old lawyer in an affair with a widowed businessman twice her age, played by Robert Loggia. The series had a brief run on CBS that summer, but was not renewed. In 1992, Hatcher tried out for the role of Jamie Buchman on Mad About You and made it to the final two choices, but lost the part to Helen Hunt.
Hatcher landed a starring role of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (opposite Dean Cain) in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997. At the height of the show’s popularity in 1995, a picture of Hatcher wrapped in a Superman cape was reportedly the most downloaded image on the Internet averaging 20,000 downloads each month for a six-month period. “It’s a great shot,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Not so much because it’s me. It’s just cool looking.”
In “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” the cast was worried that she would be taller than Superman in heels as she was 5’8⁄2” and Dean Cain was 6′. ABC cancelled Lois & Clark in 1997. Hatcher won the role of Paris Carver (beating out Monica Bellucci) in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Hatcher was three months pregnant at the filming’s start, by her then husband, Jon Tenney. A publicist said the pregnancy did not affect the production schedule. Hatcher later regretted playing Paris Carver, saying, “It’s such an artificial kind of character to be playing that you don’t get any special satisfaction from it.” She was voted the world’s sexiest woman by readers of popular men’s magazine FHM in the same year. Hatcher also appeared in films such as Spy Kids (2001), Dead in the Water (1991), 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and The Cool Surface (1994). She co-starred with Alec Baldwin in Heaven’s Prisoners (1996), which failed at the box office.
Hatcher made a much-discussed guest appearance on a 1993 episode of Seinfeld, in which her character, Sidra, breaks up with Jerry because she believes that Jerry was trying to have Elaine surreptitiously determine whether Sidra had breast implants. (“They’re real… and they’re spectacular.”) She returned to play Sidra in two subsequent episodes, The Pilot, and The Finale (Part 2). Hatcher appeared in a series of Radio Shack television commercials alongside NFL player Howie Long. They remain close friends and together have bought farm land on the outskirts of Los Angeles, with the intent of eventually raising endangered species.
Hatcher hosted NBC‘s Saturday Night Live in 1996. She beat out four other actresses for one of the lead roles on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, on which she starred as Susan Mayer, a role for which she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Award in January 2005. In 2005, Hatcher won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award in the same category. In July 2005, she was nominated for an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, along with costars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.
As of April 2006, Hatcher was one of the highest paid television actresses in the United States. She reportedly earned $285,000 per episode of Desperate Housewives. In May 2006, she released her first book, Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life. Hatcher performed The Beatles song “Good Night” on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. On April 9, 2008, Hatcher appeared on Idol Gives Back, singing Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats“. She also appeared in the 2009 hit film Coraline. She voiced the Other Mother, a mysterious, button-eyed figure, and as Coraline’s mother Mel Jones, who constantly shows Coraline “tough love”. The film received critical acclaim.
In 2010, Hatcher made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in the final season of Smallville as Ella Lane, the mother of Erica Durance‘s Lois Lane. The episode continued a tradition of former Lois Lane actresses portraying the character’s mother many years later. Noel Neill appeared as Lois’ mother in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie, and Phyllis Coates made a similar appearance on Lois & Clark.
A report in November 2010 suggested that Hatcher, along with co-star Felicity Huffman, would be quitting Desperate Housewives, but ABC denied the claim. Hatcher later addressed the rumors of her departure from Desperate Housewives saying, “There are not enough adjectives to describe how stupid, off base, and ridiculously untrue this is.” However, after the show concluded in 2012, media sources revealed an apparent rift with her co-stars. It has been widely speculated that the cast did not get along well with Hatcher. Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Vanessa Williams gave thank-you gifts to the crew from the show which included a message with their names subscribed at the end, and Hatcher’s name was distinctly absent. TV Guide source, William Keck, revealed that “something went down” between Hatcher and the cast that caused a split and also observed how Hatcher would physically distance herself from the others during breaks in filming. On her end, Hatcher said to TV Guide, ” I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on the show well.” Longoria denied any animosity saying to David Letterman, “we all get along.” Remarkably, a friend of Longoria’s revealed, to another media source, that Hatcher “excluded herself from the rest of the cast from day one,” and that she chose to end it all on a sad note, saying, “doing the last press they will ever do for the show, the ladies stood united and were shocked when Teri simply didn’t show up.”
On December 10, 2011, Men’s Health listed Hatcher as number 38 in their “Hottest Women of All Time” list.