Problematic Facts About Teri Hatcher, Desperate In More Ways Than One

August 8, 2023 | J. Clarke

Problematic Facts About Teri Hatcher, Desperate In More Ways Than One

Most recognized as Louis Lane in 1990’s Lois & Clarke and Susan Mayer on the 2000’s hit show Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher's long acting career sparkles with success—from the outside. Hatcher definitely left her mark on Hollywood, but if you ask someone who's worked with her, it's for all the wrong reasons.

1. Her Life Looked Good

On the surface, Hatcher’s early life appeared perfect and picturesque. Her parents had her in 1964, and raised their only child in Sunnyvale, California. Both parents maintained steady jobs, affording their young daughter the chance to focus on school and study ballet. Unfortunately, life behind the perfect picture wounded young Hatcher in ways she’d never forget.

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2. He Targeted Her

Hatcher’s family lived near her uncle, Richard Hayes Stone. It turned out to be one of those instances where having family nearby wasn’t a good thing. Her uncle began touching and treating her inappropriately when she was still just a little girl, only five years old. Tragically, this happened more than once.

Teri Hatcher looking at camera and smiling - 2018, CC BY-SA 2.0 , Wikimedia Commons

3. He Didn’t Stop

Understandably confused, Hatcher later expressed how much the event damaged her mental state. She said she felt “shame, because it felt like I was special.” Her uncle’s abhorrent behavior continued for years, until Hatcher was around eight or nine. These circumstances didn’t change for her until she made an unforgettable scene.

Teri Hatcher  looking at side and talking with people - 1995photo by Alan Light, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

4. She Acted Out

Things came to a head one evening when Hatcher’s uncle joined the family for dinner. According to her, she “went ballistic.” Her mother seemed to find her behavior unusual enough to do something about it, because she responded by getting and keeping her daughter away from Stone. 

But the family’s next steps weren’t what you might expect. 

Teri Hatcher is looking at side and smiling - 2010hyku, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

5. She Kept It In

Although Hatcher’s mother created safe distance between her daughter and Stone, the two never talked about it, and immediate action against her uncle did not happen. The silence left Hatcher blaming herself and putting the whole situation far from her mind so she could move on. Sadly, the experience proved extremely hard to forget.

Teri Hatcher wearing silver dress is seating and looking down with sad face - 2010s_bukley, Shutterstock

6. She Pushed Family Away

It’s no surprise that Hatcher couldn’t continue on as normal after years of harassment at the hand of a family member. She coped partly by staying completely separate from her mother’s side of the family, ignoring their entire existence. Perhaps all this tragedy pushed Hatcher to want a more spectacular life, but she would eventually find that all that glitters isn’t, in fact, gold.

Teri Hatcher wearing red lipstick and earrings is smiling and looking at side,touching her hair - 2008s_bukley, Shutterstock

7. She Chased Stardom

Maybe Hatcher caught the performance bug during her ballet days. Either way, she decided to study acting at the American Conservatory Theater after getting a more traditional degree in math and engineering from De Anza College. She got started in entertainment as a cheerleader in the NFL, but true stardom showed itself much harder to come by.

Teri Hatcher wearing grey dress and pearls is smiling and looking at camera - 2006Tinseltown, Shutterstock

8. She Flopped

Hatcher went on to land several guest appearances on a variety of popular tv shows, including The Love Boat and MacGyver. Her attempts at bigger roles, however, didn’t seem to impress. In fact, several of her opportunities turned out to be total non-starters, including flops in both the film The Big Picture and the series Sunday Dinner. Her personal life wasn’t much to look at either. 

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher is looking at side with upset face - from Macgyver (1985–1992)Paramount Television , Macgyver (1985–1992)

9. She Fell Hard

During these early years of both success and failure, Hatcher found herself romantically caught up with an employee, her personal trainer Marcus Leithold. Few details of their love affair survived, but we can only assume something serious existed between the two, as they married in 1988. Whatever the love story, it didn’t end like any traditional fairy tale. 

Teri Hatcher wearing sport shirt is smiling on the beach - 2009s_bukley, Shutterstock

10. It Didn’t Last

Hatcher and Leithold didn’t even stay married for an entire year. The marriage ended in divorce after just eight months, and they went their separate ways without much drama that we know of. But while Hatcher didn’t seem to be finding success in her own personal life at the time, her growing career soon took a sharp and unforgettable turn.

Teri Hatcher wearing white dress is smiling and looking at side on blue background - 2008s_bukley, Shutterstock

11. She Hit It Big

While she’s recognized for several of the smaller roles of her early career, Hatcher really found fame in 1993 when she got the lead role of Lois Lane on ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She impressed from the start and enjoyed a four year run on the popular series. Things seemed to be looking up for her love life, too.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher seating on her desk and looking at camera  - from Lois & Clark  (1993-97)Warner Bros. Television ,Lois & Clark (1993-97)

12. She Went In Blind

Possibly due to the lack of social media apps at the time, there aren't many known details about how Hatcher and fellow actor Jon Tenney fell in love. What we do know, however, is their relationship began with a blind date. The date must have been a positive one, because it eventually sparked a life-changing decision.

Jon Tenney  wearing blue sweater is looking at side - 2011jfer21 from Los Angeles, CA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , Wikimedia Commons

13. She Tried Again

Hatcher married Tenney in 1994 as she continued to gain acclaim as Superman's love interest. Her work in that role set her up for even bigger parts, including a role that many actresses likely envied—that of a Bond Girl with Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond franchise’s Tomorrow Never Dies

It was a dream role, but life on set was anything but.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher is looking at side with sad face - from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)Eon Productions , Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

14. They Couldn’t Make It Work

Reportedly, Brosnan and Hatcher didn’t get along while working on the set of the Bond film. The leading man found her hard to work with, saying “she was always keeping me waiting for hours”. He ultimately admitted that he responded to her unkindly himself, adding fuel to the fire, but an unexpected revelation about Hatcher’s physical state at the time likely didn’t help much, either.

Pierce Brosnan,looking at side and smiling - 2002Rita Molnár, CC BY-SA 2.5 , Wikimedia Commons

15. She Went Through It

While her peers waited for her on set, Hatcher threw up behind the scenes, literally. She was pregnant, and morning sickness may have kept her from putting her best foot forward while working on the movie. Unfortunately, all the filming issues showed in the final cut. Critics didn’t respond enthusiastically to the film at all—and they weren’t the only ones not giving her what she wanted.

Teri Hatcher is looking and smiling at camera - 2005Featureflash Photo Agency, Shutterstock

16. He Didn’t Do (It) Enough

Hatcher and her husband welcomed their daughter in 1997. The small family likely looked well put together to the public, but it was a far sadder story behind closed doors. Hatcher suffered from a lack of affection within her marriage. As a matter of fact, by her own account, she knew exactly when she conceived her daughter, because she and Tenney only got intimate once that year. 

Tragically, Hatcher soon had worse issues to deal with, as her past came back to haunt her in a shocking way.

Teri Hatcher wearing white shirt and black leather jacket is standing beside her husband, looking at front and smiling - 1998Featureflash Photo Agency, Shutterstock

17. They Didn’t Make It

Nearly a decade of marriage in, Hatcher filed for divorce in 2003. All things considered, we could assume the decision came about mutually, as their union lacked a traditional sense of physical romance. They didn’t part on perfect terms, though. The divorce with Tenney ended up taking more from Hatcher than she thought she’d ever have to give.

Teri Hatcher wearing big silver earrings,smiling and looking at camera - 2008Everett Collection, Shutterstock

18. He Took From Her

California divorce laws mandated that Hatcher and Tenney split all assets evenly between them. That gave Hatcher’s ex-husband half of everything she brought into the marriage, as well as everything she earned in it. She found this unfair, considering she didn’t think Tenney did as much as she did at work or at home. 

The law stood regardless, and the divorce got even messier.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher talking and looking at side - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

19. She Kept Fighting

Custody of their only child, Emma, quickly became another issue the ex-couple battled over in court. Their divorce agreement mandated that they shared custody of their daughter, but they still ended up in court arguing over where she’d spend important holidays. 

But while Hatcher's personal life likely felt like a rollercoaster, her career started looking up again.

Teri Hatcher and her daughter looking at side and smiling to the people - 2010Josh Hallett at, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

20. She Fought For Her Spot

ABC’s Desperate Housewives premiered in 2004 and became a hit with audiences over its several years on air. Before the first episode hit the airwaves, several actresses tried for one of the four leading roles in the promising series. In what likely was a challenging audition process, Hatcher ultimately bested four other actresses and landed a starring role. The show succeeded, but life on set didn’t sparkle quite as much.

Marcia Cross ,Felicity Huffman ,Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

21. She Didn’t Stick Around

Over time, Hatcher won several awards for her role in the ABC drama, but eventually scandalous rumors started spreading. News leaked from the set that the co-stars didn’t all get along, and that they particularly didn’t get along with Hatcher. 

Reports stated that between filming scenes, Hatcher would purposely stay away from the other leads. It seemed she wasn’t too pleasant to work with while filming either.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher is looking at front upset  - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

22. She Made A Scene

In one of the series' many defining moments, production directed Hatcher to devour a large portion of pancakes. As with many shoots, she’d then have to repeat the act several times to get the necessary footage. Hatcher refused all the carbs, insisting they put blueberries on the pancakes for her to eat instead. 

She eventually got her way there—but that wasn't nearly the only time she made thing difficult.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher standing on the front door angry - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

23. She Made Things Difficult

Hatcher and her castmates landed the cover of Vanity Fair in 2005. The coverline told the story all in itself: “You wouldn’t believe what it took just to get this photo”. Reportedly, the entire shoot teetered on the edge of disaster from beginning to end. 

In fact, the entire thing started on a bad note—and who do you think was causing problems?

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher looking at front - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

24. They Were Against Her

Before the shoot even took place, ABC production told the Vanity Fair shoot crew not to permit Teri to get her wardrobe before the rest of the cast. Seems like a weird request, and it also alludes to there already being trouble between the ladies. But while production played checkers, Hatcher diligently played chess.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher crying outside - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

25. She Got Her Way

Hatcher likely new someone might try to get in the way of her accessing wardrobe picks first, so she took it upon herself to make sure she beat her castmates to it. She contacted the wardrobe team multiple days before the actual shoot to talk about outfits, and got to the shoot long before the other actresses did. 

She got what she wanted, but the fallout wasn’t too pretty.

Teri Hatcher wearing long black dress ,looking and smiling at camera - 2009s_bukley, Shutterstock

26. It Blew Up

The situation elevated when the other women arrived and realized Hatcher had already chosen her wardrobe. Reportedly, Marcia Cross, one of the other leads, felt so upset when she saw Hatcher’s outfit that she yelled at one of their production employees angrily, using language that was a lot less than appropriate. 

And things only kept getting worse.

Marcia Cross wearing ping dress is looking and smiling at people - 2019DFree , Shutterstock

27. They couldn’t agree

Eventually they sorted out the wardrobe situation, but getting the photo itself proved even more difficult. Disagreements about who should be in the center rifled the cast, and Cross seemingly didn’t even want to stand next to Hatcher in the photo, and made it known publicly. 

Sly “chess” moves considered, you might find Hatcher’s response surprising.

Marcia Cross wearing white shirt and black sweater is looking at camera and smiling - 2005carrie-nelson, Shutterstock

28. She Crumbled

This final scene of distaste toward Hatcher possibly pushed her over the edge, as reports say she took a break from set and the crew found her crying while talking on the phone. It’s hard to decide who holds the real blame in this case, but other rumors from the set definitely made it seem that Hatcher stood at the center of the divide amongst the women.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher is standing outside and crying - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

29. She Didn’t Make Friends

In 2019, another of the Desperate Housewives’ stars, Eva Longoria, claimed one of her castmates purposely made her uncomfortable on set. She never named Hatcher explicitly, but often shared about how close she felt to the other women on set, which does lead one to think Hatcher could be the culprit.

Further statements from her castmates continued to paint an ugly portrait of her behavior.

Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria standing by side, looking at side and smiling - 2006Tinseltown, Shutterstock

30. They Badmouthed Her

Much of what actually happened between the Desperate Housewives cast is still under covers, but a few statements hit the news that don’t necessarily cast Hatcher in her best light. One of her co-stars, Nicolette Sheridan, called her “the meanest woman in the world”, and Longoria called her “a loner”. 

Loner or a just pain to deal with, we may never know. But it seems the environment on set didn’t help. 

Teri Hatcher ,Nicolette Sheridan looking at people and smiling - 2005carrie-nelson, Shutterstock

31. Trouble Started At The Top

Multiple sources stated that Marc Cherry, the show’s writer/producer, didn’t help make the set very comfortable or inviting for the cast and crew. Reportedly he behaved demeaningly to his employees, and was both temperamental and prone to conflict. This likely affected Hatcher’s mood, but that wasn’t even the most sinister aspect of it all.

Marc Cherry wearing white shirt and grey jacket is looking at side and smiling - 2013Kathy Hutchins, Shutterstock

32. He Wasn’t Fair

Reports of gender inequality among the Desperate Housewives staff also seem to ensure that the role proved as challenging as it was successful for Hatcher. Allegedly, Cherry didn’t have many women on his writing staff, and was less likely to listen to their opinions anyway—regardless of his primarily female lead cast. 

All things considered, is it really surprising that Hatcher never really bonded with the other leads?

Teri Hatcher wearing blue dress and Marc Cherry wearing black suit ,looking at side and smiling - 2010Kathy Hutchins, Shutterstock

33. They Didn’t Like Her

While the other women of the cast spent time together and formed friendships outside of set, Hatcher stayed out of the loop. In fact, in a late night interview, Longoria mentioned that her and the co stars were “really good friends”—but she didn't mean all of them.

When she was pressed to go on, she emphasized that “99%” of them were friends. Maybe Hatcher’s sneaky approach to the final season played a role in her being the excluded 1%.

Marcia Cross, Nicolette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria at the Primetime Emmys 2005carrie-nelson, Shutterstock

34. She Looked Out For Her Own

Desperate Housewives ran for an outstanding eight seasons. Before the final season, the leads planned to renegotiate their last contract together, giving them more power in the business deal. That is, all the leads except for Hatcher. 

In an act that likely put a final nail in the conflict of their possible friendship, she negotiated her own deal before them, taking away a bit of their strength. Maybe that explains their sour end.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher  is standing outside with upset face - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

35. They Left Her Out

It’s traditional for cast members to give gifts to their crew at the end of a successful show run, and the lead women of Desperate Housewives did the same—without Hatcher. The other four starring women gifted the crew expensive luggage, and signed the card from the four of them, leaving Hatcher to give her own gifts solo, which she did. 

Interestingly enough, her own view of working on the set came out drastically different than that of the other women’s.

EVA LONGORIA, MARCIA CROSS & FELICITY HUFFMAN standing side by side looking at people and smiling 2011DFree , Shutterstock

36. She Thought Differently

In an interview on her Desperate Housewive days, Hatcher claimed she conducted herself with all the respect and consideration necessary on set. In fact, she felt she went above the call of what they required of her, saying she was “beyond generous throughout those eight years.” She didn’t leave it all without one final snub, though.

Teri Hatcher wearing brown leather jacket is smiling and looking at people - 2005carrie-nelson, Shutterstock

37. She Didn’t Care

Press plays an important role in the success of any show, even at its end. However, Hatcher reportedly did not attend her final press day for Desperate Housewives. Perhaps she finally had enough of all the drama. The show continues to stand as one of her most successful roles, but she dealt with something behind the scenes that might explain some of her challenges on set.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher is looking surprised - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

38. She Lived In Pain

Towards the latter run of the show, Hatcher privately struggled with physical pain and problems that doctors found difficult to diagnose. She complained of almost completely debilitating pain in her left arm. Ultimately doctors diagnosed her with a rare disease called frozen shoulder. 

Physical pain aside, she had to deal with her steamy past indiscretions coming back up too.

Teri Hatcher is talking and looking at people - 2014UN Women, Flickr

39. He Told All Her Secrets

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay’s biography debuted in 2014, and with it came an entirely new set of allegations that cast a dark shadow on Hatcher’s character. By his accounts, the two first set eyes on each other on the set of a movie in 1993. 

The movie, Brain Smasher…A Love Story, ended up being sub par and unforgettable, but his connection with Hatcher wasn’t.

Andrew Dice Clay looking at side and smiling - 2013Thomas Hawk , Flickr

40. She Tried To Resist

Clay wrote about their hot, slow burn encounters on set, saying the two shared an “instant attraction”. Sounds like the beginning of a whirlwind romance, save one tiny factor—Clay was a married man. Seemingly the two didn’t engage physically right away, first satisfying themselves with some spicy phone talk. 

They couldn’t hold back for long, though.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher looking with upset face - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

41. She Became The Other Woman

Seeing each other daily on set, along with the intimate though relatively long distance dirty talk, probably made the situation that much harder to bear. Eventually both parties gave in, and engaged in a night together that, by Clay’s accounts, felt “out of this world”. As they both may have expected, all “good” things do come to an end.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher with wet hair looking surprised - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

42. It Didn’t End Well

After this night of passion, Hatcher and Clay allegedly promised each other they’d never talk—or do anything else—again. And as luck (or the lack thereof) would have it, Clay soon found out that his wife was going to have a baby. That likely put a true end to the whole affair. Unfortunately, Hatcher continued to find herself unlucky in love.

Andrew Dice Clay This wearing leather jacket ,looking at side - 2012LOL Comedy from Hollywood, CC BY-SA 2.0 , Wikimedia Commons

43. She Was Bad At Love

Two divorces and one affair (that we know of) later, Hatcher remains single, as far as current reports go. Back in the early 2000s, she told reporters she actually felt frightened of the dating scene. Most people fear heartbreak, but considering the type of men Hatcher experienced, we can totally consider her fear more than valid.

Teri Hatcher wearing orange dress is looking and smiling at camera - 2008Everett Collection , Shutterstock

44. She Dated Duds

In her memoir, Hatcher shared more about her almost laughably tragic dating history. On one date, the man of the hour attempted to pay her to attend an event with him, and on another, she discovered her date had a serious substance usage issue. Unsurprisingly, she’s stayed away from dating in the public for the most part. 

While she also reports being a satisfied single, she definitely wanted a bit more love in her life.

Teri Hatcher wearing transparent dress ,looking at camera and smiling - 2013Featureflash Photo Agency, Shutterstock

45. She Tried For More

Over the years, Hatcher prided herself on motherhood and her care for her daughter, Emma. News came out in 2022 that she’d wanted more children, so much so that she tried to have another child through a sperm donor. Sadly, she didn’t carry the baby to term, and has seemed to settle into her current life with her one daughter at her side.

Teri Hatcher in white dress with her daughter Emerson wearing red leather jacket are looking at camera and smiling - 2013s_bukley, Shutterstock

46. She Couldn’t Move On

After years of mentally distancing herself from the pain of her childhood, startling news brought everything back to Hatcher in a sudden wave. In 2003, she received news that a young girl, only 14 years old, ended her own life the previous year. The girl grew up in the same neighborhood Hatcher did, but that wasn’t the worst thing they had in common.

Teri Hatcher wearing grey shirt ,looking at camera and smiling - 2010Kathy Hutchins, Shutterstock

47.  She Wasn’t Alone

According to news reports, the girl decided to end it all after also being abused by Hatcher’s Uncle Stone—the same perpetrator of her own childhood nightmares. The news made Hatcher realize that, not only was she not her uncle's only victim, but also that he’d been at his evil behavior for decades. 

She just couldn’t carry on as normal after that realization.

Teri Hatcher with long black hair is looking at side - 2006s_bukley, Shutterstock

48. He Almost Got Away

Authorities held Stone on bail after taking him in for his violation of the 14 year old girl in 2002. Unfortunately, his case still tracked toward being dismissed, due to loopholes in the law. Hatcher realized that, despite his clear guilt, her uncle very likely could walk free. She couldn’t let that happen, but she’d have to risk it all to prevent it.

Screenshot: Teri Hatcher looking worried - from Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)Abc Studios , Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

49. She Went Public

Hatcher’s face and name were a Hollywood staple at that point. Her success with Lois & Clark and various other roles meant her fans held her in high esteem. But at the risk of the public’s reactions to her childhood, she testified against her uncle, and landed him behind bars. 

Undoubtedly, this period troubled Hatcher to no end, and perhaps affected other areas of her life. Regardless, deep, undeniable cracks started to show.

 Teri Hatcher speaking at microphone wearing white dress and glasses,looking at side - 2019Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , Wikimedia Commons 

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