Teri Hatcher's father was a nuclear
physicist and her mother was a computer
scientist (both of English descent).
She attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.
In 1994, she married actor Jon Tenney;
they had a daughter, Emerson Rose, and later divorced.
Hatcher began her performing career as a
young girl taking ballet lessons at
the San Juan girls' ballet studio in downtown Los Altos before
studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater.
One of her early jobs was as a San Francisco 49ers
cheerleader/dancer in 1984. During this time she appeared as
one of the mermaids on the show
The Love Boat in its final season.
While probably most noted for playing Lois Lane
in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,
she was also in Spy Kids, the 1997 James Bond
film Tomorrow Never Dies, and many other films.
She has also made guest appearances in Star Trek: The Next
Generation and Seinfeld,
and had a recurring role in MacGyver
as his young friend, Penny Parker. Hatcher
also appeared in a series of popular Radio Shack
television commercials alongside NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long.
In 1997, Hatcher was voted
"Sexiest Woman in the World"
by the readers of FHM.
She now stars as the single mother Susan Mayer
on ABC's Desperate Housewives, a role for which
she won the Best Actress in a Musical or
Comedy Golden Globe Award in January 2005.
In 2005, Hatcher also won the Screen Actors Guild(SAG)
award in the same category. In July 2005, she was
nominated for an Emmy Award in the Best
Actress in a Comedy Series category for the same role,
along with co-stars Felicity
Huffman and Marcia
Cross, with Huffman the eventual winner.