Teri Hatcher is an American actress, ex-NFL cheerleader, and singer who portrayed the character of Susan Mayer on one of America’s most favorite TV shows Desperate Housewife from 2004 to 2012. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award, three SAG Awards, and one Emmy nomination.
The former cheerleader who is also a writer and YouTuber is also known for her appearance in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) as Lois Lane, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as Paris Carver and in Seinfeld (1993) as Sidra Holland. Read on to learn about her personal life and career.
Teri Hatcher’s Biography
Actress Teri Lynn Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California on December 8, 1964, and she became the only daughter and child of Owen Walker Hatcher Jr., her father, who is a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer and her mother, Esther Hatcher, a computer programmer at Lockheed Martin. When Teri was five years old she was sexually abused by her aunt’s husband at the time, Richard Hayes Stone, but she kept it to herself.
She would come forward to prosecutors with her testimony in 2002 as they were investigating another sexual abuse incident by Richard on a 14-year-old girl, Sarah Van Cleempunt, who killed herself. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime but died in prison of colon cancer after serving only 6 years of his term.
As a child, Teri Hatcher enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing and dancing which made her attend attended San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos for her ballet classes. She also went to Sunnyvale Middle School and Fremont High School graduating in 1982.
While she was in high school, she became the leader of a substitute cheerleading team called Featherettes and in 1980, she was given the Most Likely to Become a Solid Gold vote. After high school, Teri attended De Anza College, Cupertino, California and studied mathematics and engineering for two and half years before she dropped out to pursue a career in acting.
She also attended American Conservatory Theater alongside actor Steven Schub in San Francisco and in 1984, Teri became a member of Gold Rush, a professional cheerleading team for the San Francisco 49ers.
When Teri was still in college, she had escorted a friend to the auditioning of The Love Boat but ended up being cast as Amy, one of the dancing and singing mermaids from 1985 to 1986. After that, she played Penny Parker in seven episodes of MacGyver from 1986 to 1989 alongside Richard Dean Anderson. She also appeared in Capitol as Angelica Stimac Clegg and landed the role Laura Matthews in the Fox comedy series Karen’s Song in 1987.
Teri Hatcher continued making guest appearances in shows such as Night Court (1987), Summer Playhouse (1988), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988), L.A. Law (1989), Quantum Leap (1989), Murphy Brown (1990), Tales from the Crypt (1990) and The Exile (1991). She became a regular on Sunday Dinner (1991) starring as TT Fagori with Robert Loggia.
She also appeared on films with significant roles including The Big Picture, Soapdish, The Cool Surface, 2 Days in the Valley, Tomorrow Never Dies, Spy Kids, and Madness in the Method. She has given her voice to three films including Coraline (2009), Planes (2013), and Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).
Hatcher was one of the top two choices for a role in Mad About You as Jamie Buchman but the part was given to Helen Hunt in 1992. She then received a lead role in the ABC TV series as Lois Lane in Lois &Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, a role she portrayed from 1993 to 1997.
The television actress was a guest star in three episodes of the popular TV series Seinfeld in 1993, portraying Sidra Holland, one of Jerry Seinfeld girlfriends. Other TV movie appearances she made are Since You’ve Been Gone, Frasier, Two and a Half Men, Smallville, Supergirl, QI, and many more.
The tv and film star who released her autobiography Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life, has been said to be paid $285 and $400 for each episode in the dark comedy Desperate Housewives. Teri’s net worth is estimating $55 million.
Personal Life – Marriage, Daughter
Teri was first married to Marcus Leithold in 1988 but their marriage wasn’t meant to last as it was already headed for the rocks and over in just under one year – in 1989. But that didn’t stop her from giving marriage another try even though it took her a five-year wait. She married her second husband Jon Tenney in 1994. Tenney was also an actor and they wedded in New York.
The union produced a daughter Emerson Rose Tenney, who was born on November 10, 1997. The birth of their daughter never prevented a break-up for the couple and so after nine years as a married couple, Teri and Jon went through a divorce in March 2003, however, they both share custody of their lovely daughter.
What is She Known For?
Teri Hatcher is known as an actress but she became known first as a sex symbol after a picture of her wrapped in Superman’s red cape – which was from the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – found its way to the internet. The picture had about 20,000 downloads in each of the first months.
She is also immensely popular as a single mother on ABC’s TV series Desperate Housewives where her performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.