Teri Hatcher: A Star Is Reborn

02/03/2005 at 12:00 PM EST

Teri Hatcher: A Star Is Reborn
"I feel more comfortable with myself now," says Hatcher. "I don't know if I feel sexier. I feel more whole."
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Teri Hatcher: A Star Is Reborn| Teri Hatcher

"Forty is the new 30," says Hatcher of finding her second wind at midlife. She toasted the milestone birthday – Dec. 8, 2004 – with friends at her home outside Los Angeles.

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Plans for Valentine's Day 2005 are up in the air, but Hatcher, who says she has begun dating again but is not in a serious relationship, is content. (And is sex still on hiatus? "I'm good," she says, giggling. "That's my update. I'm very satisfied with my life, let's put it that way.") Still, she's longing for romance – someone to send her tulips or orchids ("I never liked roses; they're too unoriginal"). Says Hatcher: "It's going to have to be somebody I can really believe wants me and accepts me. I'm not looking for someone to support me, and I'm not looking for someone to give me a baby." And no actors, please. "None of us should be dating each other. Horrifying!"

Her marriage to actor Jon Tenney, 43, came during the first peak of her career. The only child of Owen Hatcher, an electrical engineer, and Esther, a computer programmer, the Sunnyvale, Calif., native had appeared on The Love Boat and been a Solid Gold dancer before landing a small recurring role on MacGyver. Then, after a few movie roles, came Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993. (That same year she was one of Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriends on a memorable Seinfeld episode, the one where Elaine and Jerry obsessed over whether or not Hatcher's breasts were real (her famous exit line: "They're real – and they're spectacular").

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