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Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an American actress who is best known for her roles as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives and as Paris Carver in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Susan Mayer on the television series Desperate Housewives in 2005. In the same year she won the Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series and was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but lost out to fellow cast member and close friend, Felicity Huffman.

Early life

Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, Californiamarker, the daughter of Esther (née Beshur), a computer programmer who worked for Lockheed Martin, and Owen W. Hatcher, a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer. Hatcher's father is of Welsh and Choctaw Native American descent, and her mother is of half Lebanese and half French/German descent. Hatcher grew up in Sunnyvale, Californiamarker. An only child, she attended Mango Junior High (now Sunnyvale Middle School), Fremont High Schoolmarker in Sunnyvale and De Anza Collegemarker in Cupertinomarker. As an undergraduate she studied mathematics and engineering.

In March 2006, Hatcher revealed to Vanity Fair 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. Her parents, she said, were unaware of the abuse at the time. In 2002, she assisted Santa Clara Countymarker prosecutors with their indictment of Stone for a more recent molestation that led his female victim to commit suicide at the age of fourteen. Stone pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. In an interview appearing in Vanity Fair, 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 19 August 2008, having served six years of his sentence.


Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatermarker. One of her early jobs (in 1984) was as a NFL cheerleader with the San Francisco 49ers. During this time, she also appeared as one of the mermaids on the show The Love Boat in its final season. One of her first major roles, Penny Parker, served as a sometime love interest for Richard Dean Anderson's eponymous hero on MacGyver from 1986 to 1989.
Hatcher landed a co-starring role in 1993, opposite Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She portrayed Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in the television series Lois and 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 downloaded on the Internet 20,000 times. "It's a great shot," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Not so much because it's me. It's just cool-looking."

Hatcher beat out Monica Bellucci for the role of Paris Carver 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. Her 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. ABC cancelled Lois & Clark in 1997. She made a guest appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Robinson and had a recurring role on MacGyver as Penny Parker, a high-strung, young woman who always seemed to get into trouble.

Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher at the 1993 Emmy Awards.

Hatcher made a much-discussed guest appearance on an episode of Seinfeld, in which her character, Sidra, broke up with Jerry because she found out Jerry was trying to have Elaine surreptitiously determine whether Sidra had breast implants. ("They're real...and they're spectacular!")

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 role on ABC's Desperate Housewives, on which she stars 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 Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the role, along with co-stars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.

As of April 2006, Hatcher is one of the highest paid television actresses in the United Statesmarker. She reportedly earns $285,000 per episode of Desperate Housewives. In May 2006, she released her first book, Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life.

On 9 April 2008, Hatcher sang on Idol Gives Back singing Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats".

Personal life

Hatcher married Marcus Leithold on 4 June 1988; they divorced the following year. On 27 May 1994, she married actor Jon Tenney; they had a daughter, Emerson Rose, on 10 November 1997, and divorced in March 2003. Hatcher has also been dating Stephen Kay, who played Reginald, the Quartermaines' butler, on General Hospital. Since then she and Stephen have broken up.

In June 2007, Hatcher appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show, where she revealed that she writes a column in Glamour.

In February 2008, Hydroderm sued Hatcher for breach of contract, claiming that she had promoted the beauty products of other companies. She insisted that her promotion of CityLips' lip plumper did not affect the Hydroderm deal. Her attorney Alan Wertheimer called the lawsuit an "unjustified and public assault" on her "good name, reputation and celebrity." Her lawyer persuaded a judge in Los Angelesmarker to move the case to arbitration.

On 13 September, 2009, she finished the Malibu Triathlon ( ocean swim, out-and-back bike course, and out-and-back run course) in 2h 6mn 50.7s.


Year Title Role Notes
1985-86 The Love Boat Amy, Love Boat Mermaid (TV series)
1986-1991 MacGyver Penny Parker (TV series)
seven episodes
1986-1987 Capitol Angelica Stimac Clegg (TV series)
1987 Karen's Song Laura Matthews (TV series)
Night Court Kitty Episode "Who Was That Mashed Man?"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Lauri Stevens Episode "Baby on Board"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Bronwyn Gail Robinson Episode "The Outrageous Okona"
1989 The Big Picture Gretchen
L.A. Law Tracy Shoe Episode "I'm in the Nude for Love"
Quantum Leap Donna Eleese Episode "Star-Crossed"
Tango & Cash Katherine 'Kiki' Tango
1990 Murphy Brown Madeline Stillwell Episode "Fax or Fiction"
Tales from the Crypt Stacy Episode "The Thing from the Grave"
1991 The Brotherhood Teresa Gennaro made-for-TV movie
Soapdish Ariel Maloney
Sunday Dinner TT Fagori (TV series)
Dead in the Water Laura Stewart made-for-TV movie
The Exile Marissa Episode "Eclipse"
1992 Straight Talk Janice
1993 All Tied Up Linda Alissio straight-to-video
Brain Smasher... A Love Story Samantha Crain straight-to-video
1993-1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Lois Lane
1993-1998 Seinfeld Sidra 3 episodes ("They're real..and they're spectacular.")
1994 The Cool Surface Dani Payson
1996 Dead Girl Passer-by
Heaven's Prisoners Claudette Rocque
2 Days in the Valley Becky Foxx
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Paris Carver
1998 Since You've Been Gone Maria Goldstein made-for-TV movie
Frasier Marie Episode "First Do No Harm"
1999 Fever Charlotte Parker
2000 Running Mates Shawna Morgan made-for-TV movie
2001 Say Uncle made-for-TV movie
Spy Kids Ms. Gradenko
Jane Doe Jane Doe made-for-TV movie
2003 A Touch of Fate Megan Marguilas
Momentum Jordan Ripps Sci-Fi Channel made-for-TV movie
2004 Desperate Housewives (TV series) Susan Mayer 2004–present nominated for Emmy Award, won Golden Globe Award and 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Two and a Half Men Liz Episode "I Remember the Coatroom, I Just Don't Remember You."
2007 Resurrecting the Champ Andrea Flak
2007 American Idol Stayin' Alive Lip Syncher Idol Gives Back
2008 American Idol Sings Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" Idol Gives Back
2009 Coraline Coraline's Mother/The Other Mother voice only

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1996 Won Golden Apple Awards Female Discovery of the Year
1998 Nominated Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Supporting Actress Tomorrow Never Dies
2005 Won Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Desperate Housewives
2006 Nominated Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Desperate Housewives
2005 Won Teen Choice Awards Choice V Cast Desperate Housewives
2006 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Desperate Housewives
2006 Nominated People's Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Desperate Housewives
2005 Nominated Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Desperate Housewives
2005 Won British Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year Desperate Housewives
2005 Nominated Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series,Comedy or Musical Desperate Housewives
2005 Won Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)
2005 Won Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives
2006 Won Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)
2007 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)
2008 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)
2009 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives (Shared with cast)
2008 Nominated Prism Awards Performance in Comedy Series Desperate Housewives
2005 Won Editor's Special Award Desperate Housewives
2005 Won US TV Actress of the Year Desperate Housewives
2005 Won Women's World Award World Actress


  1. BBC NEWS Entertainment | Hatcher reveals child abuse past
  3. 2009 Malibu Triathlon Results

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