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Born: Dec. 8, 1964 Palo Alto, California, USA
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Teri Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California on December 8th, 1964. She studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco at the same time that she was studying mathematics and engineering at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.
In 1984, Hatcher became a member of the Gold Rush cheerleading squad of the San Francisco 49ers. On a trip to Hollywood to provide support for a friend, Teri, a dancer since childhood, ended up being cast as on of the singing/dancing Mermaids during The Love Boat’s ratings challenged final 1985-1986 season. Many guest-starring roles followed with appearances on Night Court, CBS Summer Playhouse, Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law and Quantum Leap.
Hatcher made her feature film debut in 1989’s The Big Picture with Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Jason Leigh and followed that with the Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell vehicle Tango and Cash. More guest-starring roles on TV episodes followed with MacGyver, Murphy Brown, Tales from the Crypt and The Exile added to her resume.
In 1991, she made the TV movies The Brotherhood with Anthony LaPaglia and Dead in the Water with Bryan Brown and starred alongside Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Kline in the comedy Soapdish. The next year, she appeared in Straight Talk with Dolly Parton, James Woods and Griffin Dunne.
Teri then won the female lead as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She worked opposite Dean Cain’s Superman for the series’ 1993 to 1997 run. During the show’s run, she continued working on other projects like The Cool Surface with Robert Patrick, Dead Girl, Heaven’s Prisoners with Alec Baldwin and 2 Days in the Valley with Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Glenne Headly, James Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Keith Carradine.
After Lois & Clark, Hatcher played the Bond girl Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan. In 1998, she was seen in Since You’ve Been Gone, a TV movie directed by Friend’s David Schwimmer. She also reprised her 1993 guest role as the “are they real or not” Sidra in the finale of Seinfeld and appeared in Frasier as well.
In 1999, she made Fever with Henry Thomas and took on the role of Sally Bowles in a touring production of Cabaret. She followed that with the TV movies Running Mates (with Tom Selleck) and Jane Doe before appearing in the 2001 feature film Spy Kids with Antonio Banderas. In 2003, Hatcher made A Touch of Fate and the TV movie Momentum with Lou Gossett Jr.
2004 marked the year that Teri landed the role even she dubbed her “comeback project.” Hatcher was cast as Susan Mayer in the instant hit Desperate Housewives alongside Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman. She has won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her work on that show.
On the private side, Hatcher was married to Markus Leithold from 1988 to 1989. She then married Jon Tenney in 1994 and divorced him 2003. That union gave her a daughter, Emerson Rose, who was born in 1997.
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