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Also Known As: Annette Toole Died:
Born: April 1, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actress

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A vivacious, red-haired actress who began her career as a dancer on a Danny Kaye special and now often plays wives and girlfriends, Annette O'Toole began her acting career in earnest with an episode of "Gunsmoke." She made her feature film debut as a savvy beauty contestant in "Smile" (1975) and next was Robby Benson's leading lady in "One on One" (1977), in which he was a misunderstood college student on a basketball scholarship and she gave him the support he needed. O'Toole had a similar role opposite Eric Roberts in "King of the Gypsies" (1978), in which he was a gypsy warring with his family and his background and she was his "American" girlfriend. She has subsequently played Lana Lang, the high school sweetheart of Clark Kent in "Superman III" (1983) and co-starred with Martin Short in "Cross My Heart" (1987).

A vivacious, red-haired actress who began her career as a dancer on a Danny Kaye special and now often plays wives and girlfriends, Annette O'Toole began her acting career in earnest with an episode of "Gunsmoke." She made her feature film debut as a savvy beauty contestant in "Smile" (1975) and next was Robby Benson's leading lady in "One on One" (1977), in which he was a misunderstood college student on a basketball scholarship and she gave him the support he needed. O'Toole had a similar role opposite Eric Roberts in "King of the Gypsies" (1978), in which he was a gypsy warring with his family and his background and she was his "American" girlfriend. She has subsequently played Lana Lang, the high school sweetheart of Clark Kent in "Superman III" (1983) and co-starred with Martin Short in "Cross My Heart" (1987).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Women Who Kill (2016)
2.
 Here on Earth (2000) Jo Cavanaugh
3.
 Final Justice (1998)
4.
 Keeping the Promise (1997) Anne Hallowell
5.
 Final Descent (1997) Connie Phipps
6.
 Man Next Door, The (1996) Annie Hodges
7.
 My Brother's Keeper (1995) Joann
8.
 Christmas Box, The (1995) Keri Evans
9.
 Imaginary Crimes (1994) Ginny Rucklehaus
10.
 Andre (1994) Toni'S Adult Voice
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Performed as a dancer on "The Danny Kaye Show" (CBS) at age 16
1969:
Won first dramatic TV role in episode of "Gunsmoke" (CBS)
1973:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Girl Most Likely to..." (ABC)
1975:
Made film acting debut in "Smile"
1977:
Had first romantic leading role, "One on One"
1981:
Played Tammy Wynette in TV-movie "Stand By Your Man"
1983:
Played Clark Kent's boyhood love interest Lana Lang in "Superman III"
1985:
Offered fine turn as the romantic heroine Lola in the CBS film "Copacabana"
1987:
Had lead in the romantic comedy "Cross My Heart"
1990:
Played Mrs. Oliver North in miniseries "Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North" (CBS)
1994:
Last feature for more than five years, "Imaginary Crimes"
1996:
Played ex-wife of Don Johnson on the CBS series, "Nash Bridges"
2000:
Had title role of a widow who assumes her husband's business as a bounty hunter in the USA Network movie "The Huntress"
2000:
Returned to the big screen as Leelee Sobieski's mother in "Here on Earth"
2000:
Reprised the title role in the USA Network spin-off series "The Huntress"
2001:
Played Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of Superman, in "Smallville" (WB, 2001-2006; CW, 2006-2007); left the series after the sixth season
2003:
Co-starred with husband Michael McKean in "A Mighty Wind"; also co-wrote "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" with husband; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Robby Benson. Director, actor, screenwriter. Linked romantically in late-1970s after appearing together in "One on One".
husband:
Bill Geisdinger. Actor. Has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare festival; divorced.
husband:
Michael McKean. Actor. Announced engagement in November 1998; married on March 20, 1999.

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daughter:
Nell Geisdinger. Born c. 1984.
daughter:
Anna Geisdinger. Born c. 1988.

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