Teri Hatcher - Actress - De Anza College
De Anza College alumna Teri Hatcher is an American actress, writer, singer and former National Football League cheerleader. She is known for her television roles as Susan Mayer on the ABC comedy-drama series "Desperate Housewives," and portraying Lois Lane on the ABC comedy-drama series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." For her work on "Desperate Housewives," she won the Golden Globe Award for best actress and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination.
Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, the daughter of a computer programmer and a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer. She grew up in Sunnyvale and attended Mango Junior High (now Sunnyvale Middle School), Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and De Anza College in Cupertino where she studied mathematics and engineering.
Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater. She was as a cheerleader with the San Francisco 49ers during the 1984 season. From Sept. 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. 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. From 1987 to 1992 she played several small roles in otyher TV series.
In 1992, Hatcher tried out for the role of Jamie Buchman on "Mad About You" and made it to the final two choices, but lost the part to future Emmy winner Helen Hunt.
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. 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."
Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher co-hosted at the 45th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993.
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-foot-8 and Dean Cain was 6 feet. ABC cancelled Lois & Clark in 1997. Hatcher beat out Monica Bellucci for the role of Paris Carver in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Hatcher was three months pregnant at the filming's start, by her then husband, Jon Tenney. Other film roles for Hatcher included "Spy Kids" (2001), "Dead in the Water" (1991), "2 Days in the Valley" (1996) and "The Cool Surface" (1994).
Hatcher made a much-discussed guest appearance on a 1993 episode of Seinfeld and appeared later that year 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 and beat out four other actresses for one of the lead roles on "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 January 2005. 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.
Hatcher became one of the highest paid television actresses in the United States throughout her run in "Desperate Housewives." In May 2006, she released her first book, "Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life." Hatcher has performed with several celebrity musical bands and has recently branched out into voice acting starting with a role in the 2009 hit film "Coraline." The film received critical acclaim.
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