Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964 in Sunnyvale, California) is an American actress. She gained attention for her role as Lois Lane in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and has achieved her greatest fame and acclaim starring in the show Desperate Housewives.
Hatcher’’s father was a nuclear physicist and her mother was a computer scientist (both of English descent). She attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale. In 1994, she married actor Jon Tenney; they had a daughter, Emerson Rose, and later divorced.
Hatcher began her performing career as a young girl taking ballet lessons at the San Juan girls” ballet studio in downtown Los Altos before studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater. One of her early jobs was as a San Francisco 49ers cheerleader/dancer in 1984. During this time she appeared as one of the mermaids on the show The Love Boat in its final season.
While probably most noted for playing Lois Lane in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, she was also in Spy Kids, the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and many other films. She has also made guest appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Seinfeld, and had a recurring role in MacGyver as his young friend, Penny Parker. Hatcher also appeared in a series of popular Radio Shack television commercials alongside NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long.
In 1997, Hatcher was voted “Sexiest Woman in the World” by the readers of FHM.
She now stars as the single mother Susan Mayer on ABC’’s Desperate Housewives, a role for which she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe Award in January 2005. In July 2005, she was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category for the same role, along with co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, with Huffman the eventual winner.
1985 The Love Boat Amy, Loveboat Mermaid television series; cast member from 1985 to 1986
1986 MacGyver Penny Parker TV series; guest starring in six episodes between 1986 and 1990
1986 Capitol Angelica Stimac Clegg television series; cast member from 1986 to 1987
1987 Karen’’s Song Laura Matthews television series
1987 Night Court Kitty TV series; guest starring in the episode “Who Was That Mashed Man?”
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Lauri Stevens TV series; guest starring in the episode “Baby on Board”
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Bronwyn Gail Robinson TV series; guest starring in the episode “The Outrageous Okona”
1989 The Big Picture Gretchen
1989 L.A. Law Tracy Shoe TV series; guest starring in the episode “I”m in the Nude for Love”
1989 Quantum Leap Donna Eleese TV series; guest starring in the episode “Star-Crossed”
1990 Murphy Brown Madeline Stillwell TV series; guest starring in the episode “Fax or Fiction”
1990 Tales from the Crypt Stacy TV series; guest starring in the episode “The Thing from the Grave”
1991 Tango & Cash Katherine ”Kiki” Tango
1991 The Brotherhood Teresa Gennaro made-for-TV movie
1991 Soapdish Ariel Maloney
1991 Sunday Dinner TT Fagori television series
1991 Dead in the Water Laura Stewart made-for-TV movie
1991 The Exile Marissa TV series; guest starring in the episode “Eclipse”
1992 Straight Talk Janice
1993 All Tied Up Linda Alissio straight-to-video
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Lois Lane television series (1993 – 1997)
1993 Brain Smasher… A Love Story Samantha Crain straight-to-video
1993 Seinfeld Sidra TV series; guest starring in three episodes between 1993 and 1998
1994 The Cool Surface Dani Payson
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
1998 Since You”ve Been Gone Maria Goldstein made-for-TV movie
1998 Frasier Marie TV series; guest starring in the 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
2001 Spy Kids Ms. Gradenko
2001 Jane Doe Jane Doe made-for-TV movie
2003 A Touch of Fate Megan Marguilas
2003 Momentum Jordan Ripps Sci-Fi Channel made-for-TV movie
2004 Desperate Housewives Susan Mayer television series (2004 – present)
2004 Two and a Half Men Liz TV series; guest starring in the episode “I Remember the Coatroom,
I Just Don”t Remember You”