Teri Hatcher: Snapshot

Teri Hatcher
Date of Birth
December 08, 1964
Birth Place
Sunnyvale, Calif.
When Teri Hatcher won a 2005 Golden Globe for her role as Susan Mayer in the runaway success Desperate Housewives, she thanked ABC for giving her a chance "when I couldn't have been a bigger has-been." That refreshing self-awareness made her a hit (again) with Hollywood.

Hatcher's career began when she accompanied a friend to an audition to lend moral support – and won the part of a singing, dancing mermaid on Love Boat in 1985. But it was her turn as sexy, spirited Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman that made her a small screen star.

Since returning to the public eye, Hatcher has published a memoir (Burnt Toast) and is frequently photographed with her daughter Emerson, whose father is Hatcher's former husband Jon Tenney.

Teri Hatcher: Five Fun Facts

  1. She is on one of television's biggest shows, but that doesn't mean Teri Hatcher isn't frugal: "I don't spend my money on sports cars or new million-dollar houses," she tells PEOPLE in 2005. "I drive my cars for 10 years until they have 100,000 miles on them."
  2. Supermom Teri Hatcher has been known to make cakes and lollipop ornaments for daughter Emerson's classes.
  3. Teri Hatcher has admitted to a few Botox and collagen injections when she was a "mom in the real world" feeling "old, tired and ugly," she told USA Today in 2006. But she says she hasn't done anything to her face during her Housewives reign. "I want to see who I am naturally," said Hatcher.
  4. The only child of a physicist and a computer-programmer, Teri Hatcher once dreamed of becoming a math teacher.
  5. Nothing like her klutzy Desperate Housewives counterpart Susan, Teri Hatcher is a former professional dancer.

Teri Hatcher: Biography


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Career Afloat

After going on an audition as moral support for a friend, Hatcher lands her first TV gig as a singing, dancing mermaid on The Love Boat.


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The Big Mac

Hatcher appears occasional on MacGyver as ditzy Penny Parker – a gig that will last four years. In 1988, Hatcher goes on to marry personal trainer Marcus Leithold. The pair split within a year.


Teri Hatcher

May 31

Soap Star

Soapdish, a well-reviewed comedy in which Hatcher plays a small role along side Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue and Whoopi Goldberg, hits theatres. Though she's had bit parts in Tango & Cash and The Big Picture, this is Hatcher's first role in a major film.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Ruven Afanador/Corbis Outline

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Everett; ScreenScenes; Bonnie Schiffman/Paramount Pictures

Edited by Julia Wang

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