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Teri Hatcher [Desperate Housewives]

The sexy siren that took on the world with Superman and now settles back to entertain supermen in a sleepy town. Well done Terri. Enjoy.

Teri Hatcher


Date of Birth

8 December 1964, Palo Alto, California, USA


Birth Name

Teri Lynn Hatcher






5′ 6″ (1.68 m)


Mini Biography

Teri Lynn Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California, USA, as the only child of Owen and Esther Hatcher, and grew up in nearby Sunnyvale, California. Her father is a nuclear physicist and her mother is a computer programmer. She spent her childhood dancing and fishing with her father. While at Fremont High School, she was captain of the Featherettes, a dance team which had the look of regular cheerleaders, with the exception of the large head dresses they would wear. She was voted “Most Likely to Become a Solid Gold Dancer” by her graduating class in 1982. Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre 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 “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 the 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 favourite “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.



Jon Tenney      (27 May 1994 – 5 March 2003) (divorced) 1 child

Markus Leithold         (4 June 1988 – 2 June 1989) (divorced)




#3 of Sci-Fi’s Sexy 50, by Femme Fatales magazine. [1997]

Went to Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California (class of ’82).

Attended De Anza College for 2 1/2 years and dropped out when she landed the part of a “The Love Boat” (1977) mermaid.

Enjoys playing golf.

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. [27 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 Rose. [28 February 2003]

Was Captain of the Fremont High School Featherettes Drill Team.

In the mid-90s, a photo of her wrapped in nothing but a red Superman cape famously became the most downloaded image on America Online.

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).

Screen-tested for the part of Jamie Buchman in “Mad About You” (1992), opposite Paul Reiser. Lost the part 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 it’s first season.

First husband Marcus Leithold said their marriage was over even before they got the wedding photos developed.

Broke two ribs filming a scene for “Desperate Housewives” (2004) where 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 US 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.

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2005.

Clairol has signed her to a multi-year contract to be the Nice ‘n Easy haircolor spokesperson. She will promote the Brand across marketing vehicles, including television and print advertising, public relations, interactive, 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” (1990) 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” will be released on hardcover by publisher Hyperion on May 2, 2006 in the U.S.A. The audio CD version of the book narrated by Teri Hatcher will also be released on the same date. The book deals with a woman’s struggle of to juggle life through good times and bad.

Stated on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” that she may be of 1/16th Choctaw Native American descent.

Claims that she was sexually molested by her then-uncle, Richard Hayes Stone, from age 5 to 9. [March 8, 2006] Stone died of colon cancer on August 19, 2008.

Suffered an injury to her right eye when a light bulb exploded on the “Desperate Housewives” (2004) set on April 25, 2006. Her cornea was scratched and she is wearing an eye patch, but she is expected to return 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. Has enjoyed it even before her teenage years.

She and actor Steven Schub (lead singer of ska band The Fenwicks) were fellow classmates at the American Conservatory Theatre, and Annette Bening was their teacher.

Ranked #6 on Wizard magazine’s “Sexiest Women of TV” list (March 2008).

Years after gaining fame as TV’s “Lois Lane” on “The New Adventures of Superman” (1993), she played Lois Lane’s mother on an episode of “Smallville” (2001). Ironically, she became the third actress who previously played “Lois Lane”, to later play her mother. As Phyllis Coates, who previously played “Lois Lane” on “Adventures of Superman” (1952), later played Hatcher’s Lois’ mother on “The New Adventures of Superman” (1993). Noel Neill also played Lois’s mother in 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 “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.



Personal Quotes

My advice, be healthy, reach your own goals and don’t be afraid to impersonate a SNL star… ” – AOL 7/96

“Despite the fact that I have a good-size pair of breasts… in “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.

“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”. (Regarding her audition for “Desperate Housewives” (2004)).

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.

“I was consumed with being a mom. I didn’t think beyond that.” (Regarding her marriage to Jon Tenney).

“I feel more comfortable with myself now. I don’t know if I feel sexier. I feel more whole.” (regarding turning forty)

“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.” (regarding her marriage breakup and lack of career prospects)

I love clothes that when you put them on, you feel like you. I don’t care whether anyone else likes them quoted in Woman’s World magazine 1-31-06




“The New Adventures of Superman” (1993)  $75,000/episode

“Desperate Housewives” (2004)         Season 1 – $70,000 per episode, Season 2 – $285,000 per episode


Where Are They Now

Starring as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” on tour.

(November 2004) Starring as “Susan Mayer” in “Desperate Housewives” (2004)- TV 2004.

(2006) Release of her autobiography, “Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life”

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