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Teri Hatcher is one of the actresses in the Spy Kids series. She is known for playing the character Ms. Gradenko in the first Spy Kids film.

Early life

Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California, the daughter of Esther (née Beshur), a computer programmer who worked for Lockheed Martin, and Owen W. Hatcher, a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer.[1] Hatcher's father is of Welsh and Choctaw Native American descent, and her mother is of half Syrian and half French/German descent.[1] Teri Hatcher took ballet lessons at the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos. Her big debut was as the lead flying monkey in the "Wiz Of Oz." Hatcher grew up in Sunnyvale, California.[1] and attended Mango Junior High (now Sunnyvale Middle School), Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and De Anza College in Cupertino. 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. She said her parents were unaware of the abuse at the time.[2] In 2002 she assisted Santa Clara County prosecutors with their indictment of Stone for a more recent molestation that led his female victim to commit suicide at the age of 14.[1] Stone plead guilty to four counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.[3] 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 August 19, 2008, having served six years of his sentence.[4]


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.[1] 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.[5] 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 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 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.[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 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."[6]

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" and Dean Cain was 6". Hatcher beat out Monica Bellucci for the role of Paris Carver in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.[7] Hatcher was three months pregnant at the filming's start, by her then husband, Jon Tenney. An ABC publicist said the pregnancy did not affect the production schedule.[8] 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."[9] She was voted the world's sexiest woman by readers of popular men's magazine FHM in the same year.[10] 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.

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.[11]

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 stars as Susan Mayer, a role for which she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Award in 63rd Golden Globe Awards.[1] 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 costars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman.[12]

As of April 2006 Hatcher is one of the highest paid television actresses in the United States. 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.[1]

Hatcher performs 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".

In 2010 Hatcher made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in the final season of Smallville as Lois Lane's mother, Ella 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,[16] but ABC denied the claim.[17] 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."

Personal life

Hatcher married Marcus Leithold on June 4, 1988; they divorced the following year. On May 27, 1994, she married actor Jon Tenney; they had a daughter, Emerson Rose, on November 10, 1997, and divorced in March 2003. Hatcher dated Stephen Kay, who played Reginald, the Quartermaines' butler, on General Hospital.[18]

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

In February 2008, Hydroderm sued Hatcher for breach of contract, claiming she had promoted the beauty products of other companies. She insisted 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."[19] Her lawyer persuaded a judge in Los Angeles to move the case to arbitration.[20]

On September 13, 2009, she finished the Malibu Triathlon (0.5 mi/0.80 km ocean swim, 18 mi/29 km out-and-back bike course, and 4 mi/6.4 km out-and-back run course) in 2h 6mn 50.7s.[21] She returned to the event in 2010 to complete only the swim portion. Hatcher had been unable to train for the entire event, but completed the swim as a fundraiser.[22]

Hatcher took to the social networking site Facebook on August 11, 2010 to prove that she had not had Botox work done to her face. She was make-up free and sopping wet in the pictures.[23] However, just a few days later, she told Entertainment Tonight that she had Botox done in the past and only took the pictures to prove that she was "normal" looking. She also said she would consider getting Botox again.[24]


List of acting credits in film and television
Title Year Role Notes
The Love Boat 1985–1986 Amy, Love Boat Mermaid TV series
MacGyver 1986–1991 Penny Parker TV series, seven episodes
Capitol 1986–1987 Angelica Stimac Clegg TV series
Karen's Song 1987 Laura Matthews TV series
Night Court 1987 Kitty TV series, episode: "Who Was That Mashed Man?"
CBS Summer Playhouse 1988 Lauri Stevens TV series, episode: "Baby on Board"
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1988 Lt. Bronwyn Gail Robinson TV series, episode: "The Outrageous Okona"
The Big Picture 1989 Gretchen
L.A. Law 1989 Tracy Shoe TV series, episode: "I'm in the Nude for Love"
Quantum Leap 1989 Donna Eleese TV series, episode: "Star-Crossed"
Tango & Cash 1989 Katherine 'Kiki' Tango
Murphy Brown 1990 Madeline Stillwell TV series, episode: "Fax or Fiction"
Tales from the Crypt 1990 Stacy TV series, episode: "The Thing from the Grave"
The Brotherhood 1991 Teresa Gennaro TV movie
Soapdish 1991 Ariel Maloney
Sunday Dinner 1991 TT Fagori TV series
Dead in the Water 1991 Laura Stewart TV movie
The Exile 1991 Marissa TV series, episode "Eclipse"
Straight Talk 1992 Janice
Brain Smasher... A Love Story 1993 Samantha Crain straight-to-video
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993–1997 Lois Lane TV series, 87 episodes
Seinfeld 1993 Sidra Holland TV series, episodes: "The Implant" and "The Pilot"
The Cool Surface 1994 Dani Payson
All Tied Up 1994 Linda Alissio
Dead Girl 1996 Passer-by
Heaven's Prisoners 1996 Claudette Rocque
2 Days in the Valley 1996 Becky Foxx
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Paris Carver
Since You've Been Gone 1998 Maria Goldstein TV movie
Frasier 1998 Marie TV series, episode "First Do No Harm"
Seinfeld 1998 Sidra Holland TV series, episode: "The Finale:Part 2"
Fever 1999 Charlotte Parker
Running Mates 2000 Shawna Morgan TV movie
Say Uncle 2001 TV movie
Spy Kids 2001 Ms. Gradenko
Jane Doe 2001 Jane Doe TV movie
A Touch of Fate 2003 Megan Marguilas
Momentum 2003 Jordan Ripps TV movie
Desperate Housewives 2004–2012 Susan Mayer TV series
Two and a Half Men 2004 Liz TV series, episode "I Remember the Coatroom, I Just Don't Remember You."
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 Andrea Flak
Coraline 2009 Coraline's Mother/The Other Mother voice only
Smallville 2010 Ella Lane TV episode: "Abandoned"

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Award Year Category Result For
Golden Apple Award 1996 Female Discovery of the Year Won
Saturn Award 1998 Best Supporting Actress Nominated Tomorrow Never Dies
Satellite Award 2004 Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated Desperate Housewives
Screen Actors Guild Award 2004 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />
Screen Actors Guild Award 2004 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />
Emmy Award 2005 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated Desperate Housewives
Golden Globe Award 2005 Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy Won Desperate Housewives
Screen Actors Guild Award 2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Wom Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />
TCA Award 2005 Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated Desperate Housewives
Golden Globe Award 2006 Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy Nominated Desperate Housewives
People's Choice Award 2006 Favorite Female Television Star Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award 2006 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />
Teen Choice Award 2006 TV–Choice Actress Nominated Desperate Housewives
Screen Actors Guild Award 2007 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />
Prism Award 2008 Performance in a Comedy Series Nominated Desperate Housewives
Screen Actors Guild Award 2008 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated Desperate Housewives (shared with cast)<small />


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  2. Teri Hatcher's Desperate Hour: Fame & Scandal- Vanity Fair 2008-02-22
  3. Hatcher reveals child abuse past - BBC News 2006-03-08
  4. Child molester who Teri Hatcher helped put in prison dies of colon cancer - 2008-08-21
  5. IMDB detailed Filmography
  6. Teri Hatcher biography - People magazine
  7. Brosnan Bares All For Playboy 2005-11-05
  8. Teri Hatcher Pregnant - E!] 1997-05-02
  9. Hatcher regrets Bond movie
  10. Teri Hatcher Online » AWARDS
  11. IMDB detailed Filmography
  12. 'Housewives,' 'Sellers' lead Emmy pack 2005-08-30
  13. 'Smallville' Exclusive: Teri Hatcher to play Lois' mom! - Inside TV -
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  16. Desperate Times for "Housewives" as Teri Hatcher Quits, Daily Mail, November 20, 2010
  17. "Hatcher and Huffman leaving Desperate Housewives: report", The Spy Report, Media Spy,. Retrieved on November 22, 2010. 
  18. "Who, Where and Wow!", Soap Opera Weekly,, p. 31. 
  19. "Hatcher Lip Lawsuit Goes to Arbitration", The Associated Press,. Retrieved on 2008-02-23. 
  20. Hatcher wins cosmetic lawsuit ruling - 2008-02-05
  21. 2009 Malibu Triathlon Results
  22. 'I look good!' Teri Hatcher shows off stunning natural look as she competes in triathlon - Daily Mail September 12, 2010
  23. Teri Hatcher Posts Pics to Prove She's Botox-Free -
  24. Teri Hatcher Admits: "I May" Get Botox Again -