A star of television and feature films, Teri Hatcher also holds the distinction of being the woman whose photographs were most frequently downloaded from the Internet in the late '90s. With her brunette hair, beautiful brown eyes, mischievous smile, and petite but curvaceous figure, it isn't difficult to imagine why. While Hatcher could probably thrive for years as a virtual pinup, there is more to her than drop-dead gorgeous looks. The daughter of a physicist and a computer programmer, she initially studied math and engineering at a San Francisco area community college before the acting bug bit. She later enrolled at the American Conservatory Theatre. At age 20, she was a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers. Hatcher made her television debut in 1985, playing Amy, one of the singing/dancing Mermaids on the revived anthology series Love Boat. Shortly thereafter, she became a regular on the action-adventure series MacGyver and more guest-starring roles on other shows followed, but she did not become a bona fide star until 1993, after she was selected to star opposite Dean Cain in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Hatcher stuck with the show until it ended its run in 1997, and though she would lay low for a few subsuquent years, Hatcher's career caught a second wind and a half with her starring role on the comedy Desperate Housewives, a phenomenally successful show that made the actress a bigger star than ever.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Father is a nuclear physicist and mother is a computer programmer.
- Was the captain of the cheerleading/dance team in high school.
- Was a member of the Gold Rush, the cheerleading squad for the San Francisco 49ers, in 1984.
- Appeared in a series of popular RadioShack commercials with the NFL's Howie Long beginning in 1999.
- Won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2004 (Desperate Housewives), and shared in the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with the rest of the cast.