Teri Hatcher

Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an American actress, writer, presenter and singer. She is most known for her portrayal of Lois Lane on the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997), as Paris Carver in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012) amongst numerous other television and film roles. For her portrayal of Susan Mayer, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, three Screen Actors Guild Awards (one as lead female actor and the other two as part of the best ensemble), and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Teri Hatcher
Hatcher at the World of Color premiere in 2010
Teri Lynn Hatcher

(1964-12-08) December 8, 1964
OccupationActress  writer  presenter  singer
Years active1985–present
Known forDesperate Housewives
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • Marcus Leithold
    (m. 1988; div. 1989)
  • Jon Tenney
    (m. 1994; div. 2003)
ChildrenEmerson Rose Tenney

Early life

Teri Lynn Hatcher was born on December 8, 1964 in Palo Alto, California, the only child of Esther (née Beshur), a computer programmer who worked for Lockheed Martin, and Owen Walker Hatcher, Jr., a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer.[1][2] Her father is of English, Welsh and Irish descent (Hatcher has said that he also has Choctaw ancestry); her mother is of Syrian, Czech, and Irish ancestry.[1]

Hatcher took ballet lessons at the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos and grew up in Sunnyvale, California.[1] At De Anza College she studied mathematics and engineering.[2]

In March 2006, Hatcher alleged that she was sexually abused from the age of five by Richard Hayes Stone, an uncle by marriage who was later divorced by Hatcher's aunt. She said her parents were unaware of the abuse at the time.[3] In 2002, she assisted Santa Clara County prosecutors with their indictment of Stone for a more recent molestation that had led his female victim to die by suicide at the age of 14.[1][3] Stone pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.[4] Hatcher said she told the prosecutors about her own abuse because she was haunted by thoughts of the 14-year-old girl who shot herself, and feared Stone might escape conviction. Stone died of colon cancer on August 19, 2008, having served six years of his sentence.[5]


1984–1992: Early work

Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater.[6] One of her early jobs (in 1984) was as an NFL cheerleader with the San Francisco 49ers.[1][2] 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. This role mainly involved dancing and singing as part of the Mermaids weekly show routine, but had short comedic lines in some episodes, and in one episode she was part of one of the three main storylines for the episode opposite a male guest star.[7] From 1986 to 1989, she appeared in six episodes of the TV series MacGyver as talkative but naive "Penny Parker" opposite Richard Dean Anderson's eponymous hero, four of them as the second main lead of the episode.[6]

In 1987, she played the sensible, intelligent 18-year-old daughter of Patty Duke's lead character in the short-lived Fox comedy Karen's Song and had a guest-star role in an episode of Night Court. In 1988, she made a short 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" as the main character's mathematician/scientist future wife and guest-starred as a nude beauty pagent winner in an episode of L.A. Law. That year she also made her motion picture debut with a minor role playing a young, opportunistic actress in The Big Picture starring Kevin Bacon, and then played Sylvester Stallone's younger sister, a dancer, in the big-budget, police action-comedy Tango and Cash, which also starred Kurt Russell; it was a critical and box office disappointment.

After a short guest appearance in an episode of Murphy Brown in 1990, Hatcher's next TV series role, in 1991, was in the Norman Lear creation Sunday Dinner, a comedy. She co-starred as 30-year-old lawyer in a relationship 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. She also acted in the television crime movie Dead in the Water (1991) in which she plays Bryan Brown's lawyer's young, attractive temptress secretary, and in the low-budget erotic thriller The Cool Surface (not released until 1994), wherein she plays a young actress who has an ill-fated romance with an enigmatic, unsettled screenwriter. 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.[8]

1993–1997: Breakthrough

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 Jerry sent his friend Elaine into a sauna to ascertain if Sidra's breasts were natural or enhanced by surgery. She returned to play Sidra in brief scenes in two subsequent episodes, "The Pilot", the fourth season finale, and "The Finale (Part 2)", the series finale.[7]

Hatcher landed a starring role in the ABC television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as the Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane (opposite Dean Cain) from 1993 to 1997.[1] 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 for several months. "It's a great shot," she said. "Not so much because it's me. It's just cool looking."[9] Hatcher also co-wrote an episode for season three called "It's A Small World After All" about a former classmate who shrinks and kidnaps her classmate's spouses and traps them in a dollhouse.

Hatcher hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1996. Hatcher won the role of Paris Carver (beating 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.[10] She was voted the world's sexiest woman by readers of popular men's magazine FHM in spring 1997 after having been number four in 1996.[11] She appeared in this numerous years from its inaugural edition in 1995 until 2007. Hatcher also appeared in films such as Spy Kids (2001), and played a villain in two crime dramas, the ensemble 2 Days in the Valley (1996), a moderate box office success, and Heaven's Prisoners (1996), co-starring Alec Baldwin, which failed at the box office.

Hatcher appeared in a series of Radio Shack television commercials alongside NFL player Howie Long.

2004–present: Commercial success

She beat four other actresses for one of the lead roles on ABC's Desperate Housewives,[6] in 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.[1] Later that year, 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 co-stars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.[12]

As of April 2006, Hatcher was one of the highest paid television actresses in the United States reportedly earning $285,000 per episode of Desperate Housewives. That year she was one of the three nominees for Favourite Television Performer for the People's Choice Awards and was again nominated for a Golden Globe as Lead Actress in a television comedy program. In May 2006, she released her first book, Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life.[1] 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 voiced the Other Mother, a mysterious, button-eyed figure, as well as Coraline's mother Mel Jones, who constantly shows Coraline "tough love," both in the 2009 hit film Coraline, which 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.[13][14] 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.[15]

A report in November 2010 suggested that Hatcher, along with co-star Felicity Huffman, would be quitting Desperate Housewives, but ABC denied the claim.[16] Hatcher later addressed the rumors of her departure from Desperate Housewives, saying that "[t]here are not enough adjectives to describe how stupid, off base, and ridiculously untrue this is".[17] 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.[18][19][20] 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 inscribed at the end, and Hatcher's name was distinctly absent.[20] 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.[20] On her end, Hatcher said to TV Guide that "I will never disclose the true and complicated journey of us all, but I wish everyone on the show well."[18]

In 2011, Men's Health magazine named Hatcher #38 on their "Hottest Women of All Time" list.[21] Hatcher voiced Dottie in the Disney film Planes (2013) and Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014). In 2016, Hatcher had a recurring role as Charlotte, a successful single mother who becomes Oscar's (Matthew Perry) love interest in the second season of the comedy series The Odd Couple. In 2017, Hatcher appeared as Queen Rhea of Daxam in a recurring role on the CW series Supergirl.

In 2018, Hatcher debuted a YouTube channel called Hatching Change. It includes two segments: "Van Therapy" and "Don't Eat 'It' Out Of a Box".[22] Since Desperate Housewives went off the air, Hatcher, who was already an active baker, has gotten very interested and involved in cooking including taking lessons at various times. Hatcher became a champion in season 17 of Chopped on the Food Network by winning the Holiday Celebrity episode.

Personal life

Hatcher married Marcus Leithold, of Butler, Pennsylvania on June 4, 1988; they divorced the following year.[6]

On May 27, 1994, she married actor Jon Tenney; they had a daughter, Emerson Rose, on November 10, 1997, and divorced in March 2003.[6]

In 2007, Hatcher began writing a column for Glamour magazine.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Big Picture Gretchen
1989 Tango & Cash Katherine 'Kiki' Tango
1991 Soapdish Ariel Maloney
1992 Straight Talk Janice
1993 Brainsmasher... A Love Story Samantha Crain Direct-to-video
1994 The Cool Surface Dani Payson
1994 All Tied Up Linda Alissio
1996 Dead Girl Passer-by
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Claudette Rocque
1996 2 Days in the Valley Becky Foxx
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Paris Carver
1999 Fever Charlotte Parker
2001 Spy Kids Ms. Gradenko
2007 Resurrecting the Champ Andrea Flak
2009 Coraline Coraline's Mother/The Other Mother Voice role
2013 Planes Dottie Voice role
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dottie Voice role
2019 Madness in the Method Geena Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1985–86 The Love Boat Amy, Love Boat Mermaid 19 episodes
1986–90 MacGyver Penny Parker 6 episodes
1986–87 Capitol Angelica Stimac Clegg 5 episodes
1987 Karen's Song Laura Matthews 13 episodes
1987 Night Court Kitty Episode: "Who Was That Mashed Man?"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Lauri Stevens Episode: "Baby on Board"
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Bronwyn Gail Robinson Episode: "The Outrageous Okona"
1989 L.A. Law Tracy Shoe Episode: "I'm in the Nude for Love"
1989 Quantum Leap Donna Eleese Episode: "Star-Crossed"
1990 Murphy Brown Madeline Stillwell Episode: "Fax or Fiction"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Stacy Episode: "The Thing from the Grave"
1991 The Brotherhood Teresa Gennaro Movie
1991 Sunday Dinner TT Fagori 6 episodes
1991 Dead in the Water Laura Stewart Movie
1991 The Exile Marissa Episode: "Eclipse"
1993–97 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Lois Lane Lead role (87 episodes)
1993–98 Seinfeld Sidra Holland 3 episodes
1998 Since You've Been Gone Maria Goldstein Movie
1998 Frasier Marie Episode: "First Do No Harm"
2000 Running Mates Shawna Morgan Movie
2001 Say Uncle Movie
2001 Jane Doe Jane Doe Movie
2003 Momentum Jordan Ripps Movie
2004–12 Desperate Housewives Susan Mayer Lead role (180 episodes)
2004 Two and a Half Men Liz Episode: "I Remember the Coatroom, I Just Don't Remember You"
2010 Smallville Ella Lane Episode: "Abandoned"
2012 Jane by Design Kate Quimby 4 episodes[24]
2013–14 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Beatrice LeBeak 7 episodes; voice role
2016–17 The Odd Couple Charlotte Recurring role (11 episodes)
2017 Supergirl Rhea (Queen of Daxam) Recurring role (8 episodes)
2018 The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer Herself
2018 QI Herself
2019 All Round to Mrs. Brown's Herself

Awards and nominations



Association Year Category Title Result
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C 2018 Star Baker Won
Gold Derby Awards 2005 Comedy Lead Actress Desperate Housewives Nominated
2005 Ensemble of the Year Desperate Housewives Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2005 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Desperate Housewives Won
2006 Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Desperate Housewives Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards 1997 Worst Supporting Actress Heaven's Prisoners

2 Days in the Valley

Online Film & Television Association Awards 2005 Best Actress in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2006 Favorite Female Television Star Desperate Housewives Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
Prism Awards 2008 Performance in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
Satellite Awards 2005 Best Actress in a Series – Comedy or Musical Desperate Housewives Nominated
Saturn Awards 1998 Best Supporting Actress Tomorrow Never Dies Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
2006 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
2007 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
2008 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
2009 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2006 Choice TV Actress – Comedy Desperate Housewives Nominated
2017 Choice TV – Villain Supergirl Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards 2005 Individual Achievement in Comedy Desperate Housewives Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Awards 1994 Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Nominated


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