Desperate, But Not Serious:
Teri Hatcher vs. Nicollette Sheridan
by Steve Ryfle
You'd have to go all the way back to "Melrose Place" or "Knot's Landing" or even "Dynasty," to find a group of TV queens as bitchy, backstabbing and seductive as those of "Desperate Housewives." The women of Wisteria Lane are old pros at lying, cheating, gossiping and -- oh, yes -- feuding. The two star femmes, Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan, are the perfect antagonists, both onscreen and, it seems, in Hollywood. The supermarket tabs say Hatcher, who plays single mom Susan Mayer, and Sheridan, who co-stars as neighborhood sexpot Edie Britt, are enemies off-camera too -- embittered by a decade-old love triangle with Michael Bolton, and unable to bury the hatchet. The actresses pooh-pooh the rumors, but that doesn't stop us from wondering: Who would win the catfight of the year?
Pix of Teri Hatcher
Pix of Nicollette Sheridan
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, CA
Birth date: December 8, 1964
| ||Nicollette Sheridan|
Birthplace: Worthing, Sussex, England
Birth date: November 21, 1963
|Cover Girl: In the mid-1990s, a photo of her wearing nothing but a red Superman was all the rage on the then-nascent Internet. Movieline shot a now-infamous cover photo with Teri wearing nothing but a rope, but replaced it at the last minute. || ||Cover Girl: One of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1990.|
| He Was Mine First: The tabs say Hatcher met Michael Bolton when she co-starred in his video for the song "Missing You Now." The two dated for a few months before Bolton supposedly dumped her, and started dating Sheridan instead. || |
He Was Mine First: Per the tabs, Nicollette began dating Michael Bolton in summer 1992, when her marriage to Harry Hamlin was on the rocks. She and the curly-topped singer broke up a year later, then reunited, then parted in 1995.
|Rumor Mill: These days, there's tension on the "Desperate Housewives" set, and it's all about Teri and Nicollette. An unnamed tabloid source says, "Teri just thinks Nicollette is way too abrasive."|| ||Rumor Mill: Word on the supermarket newsrack is that Sheridan coveted Hatcher's role, and is sore at being cast in a lesser part. "It seems Nicollette has been badmouthing Teri and telling people that Teri's too skinny and not attractive, and that she shouldn't have gotten the lead role in the show." So says The Star, that pillar of journalistic excellence. |
|Get Over It: Hatcher won't own up to it, but she doesn't exactly deny outright any friction between herself and Sheridan. "It saddens me that that's what the (tabloids) choose to grab on to," she told a newspaper. || ||Get Over It: "People love controversy," Sheridan responds. "When you have five women interacting, they love to think that there's all sorts of jealousy and competitiveness going on. It isn't ... but I think it helps the show."|
|Other Significant Others: Was married to actor Jon Tenney from 1994 to 2003. They have a daughter, Emerson Rose, born in 1997.|| ||Other Significant Others: In addition to the aforementioned Harry Hamlin, whom she was married to from 1991 to 1993, Sheridan met Leif Garrett (yes, that Leif Garrett) back when she was 15 and dated him for six years.|
|Family: An only child, Teri is the daughter of Owen Hatcher, a nuclear physicist, and Esther Hatcher, a computer programmer.|| ||Family: She was raised in London and Los Angeles, and has an acting pedigree. Her mother is actress Sally Sheridan, her half brother is Nick Savalas (son of Telly Savalas), and her grandmother is actress Dinah Sheridan.|
|Beginnings: Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, while also studying math and engineering at DeAnza College. A dancer and cheerleader since childhood, she joined the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading squad for the 1984 season.|| ||Beginnings: Played a teen model named Taryn Blake in "Paper Dolls," a short-lived primetime soap that aired in 1984 and starred Lloyd Bridges and Morgan Fairchild.|
|Breakout: In 1984, she attended a casting call with a friend, to lend moral support, and ended up getting the role of Amy, the singing mermaid on "The Love Boat." She moved on to "MacGyver," playing Penny Parker, a ditzy struggling actress.|| ||Breakout: She's still remembered as the title character in Rob Reiner's romantic comedy "The Sure Thing" (1985), in which Sheridan was the object of John Cusack's cross-country quest to find true love.|
|Super Chick: This isn't Hatcher's first go-round with prime-time stardom. As Lois Lane in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" she reignited Clark Kent's old flame and became a pop-culture fixture. || ||Super B**ch: She once described her signature character, the beautiful and mischievous brat Paige Matheson on "Knots Landing," as "the perfect bitch." She played the part for seven years, cementing her rep as on of TV's classic catty vixens. |
|Film Flam: She's had her share of crossover attempts, playing Sly Stallone's wife in "Tango & Cash," and decent roles in "2 Days in the Valley" and "Spy Kids." But movie stardom eludes her; most of her films have titles like "Brain Smasher," "All Tied Up" and "Dead in the Water." || ||Film Flam: Back in her "Knots Landing" days, Sheridan had designs on a big-screen career. But other than "Noises Off" with John Ritter and Carol Burnett, and "Beverly Hills Ninja" with Chris Farley, decent film roles have been hard to come by.|
|Bond Girl: Her Hollywood moment came in "Tomorrow Never Dies." But even then, she was playing the second-string Bond girl, behind Michelle Yeoh.|| ||Non-Bond Girl: Nicollette would kill to be a B-list Bond girl. The closest she ever got was playing a Russian agent in the Leslie Neilson secret-agent spoof "Spy Hard."|
|Oh, Please: Thank God for "Desperate Housewives." Prior to the new ABC dramedy, Hatcher's biggest claim to fame in recent years was a series of really annoying Radio Shack commercials, in which she flirted with ex-footballer Howie Long. || ||Oh, Please: Yes, Please: Sheridan's racy, steamy, towel-dropping-in-the-shower "Housewives" promo on a recent "Monday Night Football" telecast proved she's still got the goods, and can still stir up a little controversy.|Syndicated Columnists
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