Real Name: Teri Lynn Hatcher
Height: 5' 6"
Hair: Dark Brown
Born: Born on December 8, 1964 in Sunnyvale, California, USA.
Discovered: Teri spent her childhood dancing and fishing with her father. While at Fremont High School, she was captain of the Featherettes, a dance team.
Teri studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco while taking a degree course in mathematics and engineering at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. She became a member of the 1984 Gold Rush, the name of the professional cheerleading squad of the American football San Francisco 49ers.
Her big break came when she went to Hollywood to lend moral support to a friend during an open casting call. Instead she auditoned and won the role of the singing and dancing mermaid for the 1977 televison series, "The Love Boat".
Resume: Teri went on to play Penny Parker, a ditzy but sweet-hearted struggling actress in "MacGyver".
One of her more notable roles came when she auditioned for and won the role of Lois in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", saying that she didn't want to be stuck with the pretty airhead image she had acquired as Penny.
After the show ended, Teri took a break to have a family, and later, signed to play Sally Bowles in the road tour of Cabaret in 1999.
Her career was almost gone when she got a starring role in the prime-time soap opera "Desperate Housewives". The show is a huge success and has turned Teri into an A-list celebrity.
Romance: Was married to actor Jon Tenney from May 1994 to March 2003, the pair had one child.
Married and divorced Marcus Leithold after 1 year.
Quotes: "Despite the fact that I have a good-size pair of breasts... in 'Lois & Clark,' I have the opportunity to show the world they're not my only attribute." - Teri Hatcher.
"What's good about talking about being victimized is that it is the beginning of being able to stop it." - Teri Hatcher.
"I had to test, the whole rigmarole, but it was one of the greatest auditions I ever had. I left the building knowing I had this." - Teri Hatcher regarding her audition for "Desperate Housewives".
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"Let me just say that every cover of every magazine I've done has been airbrushed to death. No woman should walk around thinking that's what they should be. You shouldn't be beating yourself up." - Teri Hatcher.
"I feel more comfortable with myself now. I don't know if I feel sexier. I feel more whole." - Teri Hatcher regarding turning forty.
"I was in some deeply, deeply sad places. I wanted something to be solid for Emerson. When I was crying there, I was feeling I wouldn't be able to pay my mortgage for much longer - there was a lot of money that I'd had that I didn't have anymore. That was a low point." - Teri Hatcher regarding her marriage breakup and lack of career prospects.
Trivia: Voted "Most Likely to Become a Solid Gold Dancer" by her graduating class in 1982.
Dropped out of De Anza College in Cupertino after one semester.
Enjoys playing golf.
The October 1996 issue of "Movieline" (US movie magazine) originally had a cover picture of her wearing nothing but rope wrapped around her. This proved too controversial and a second cover picture (her in a dress) was substituted.
Was Captain of the Fremont High School Featherettes Drill Team.
In the mid-90s, a photo of her wrapped in nothing but a red Superman cape famously became the most downloaded image on America Online.
Appeared in two completely different, unrelated productions in which she played a character who was targeted by assassination by a hit man played by Vincent Schiavelli: the television series "MacGyver" and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Screen-tested for the part of Jamie Buchman in "Mad About You", opposite Paul Reiser. Lost the part to Helen Hunt.
First person to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for a show that has not yet completed it's first season.
First husband Marcus Leithold said their marriage was over even before they got the wedding photos developed.
Broke two ribs filming a scene for "Desperate Housewives" where she stumbles into a wedding cake
Won two Awards at the British Glamour magazine's Women of the Year Awards in London, England on June 7, 2005. She was named US TV actress of the Year for her role as single mother Susan Mayer in "Desperate Housewives" (2004), and also got the Editor's Special Award for her talent to combine motherhood and a career while looking glamourous at the same time.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2005.