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Annette O'Toole

Highest Rated:   100% Women Who Kill (2017)
Lowest Rated:   17% Here on Earth (2000)
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Birthplace:   Houston, Texas, USA
Woefully underappreciated American actress Annette O'Toole combined intelligence, wit, and delicate, often teasing allure with a girl-next-door magnetism that served her impeccably, both during her ingenue years and well into adulthood. Born in 1953, the scarlet-haired Houston native followed the lead of her dance studio owner mother by practicing her footwork with stunning determination. Annette's family moved to the City of Angels before her 14th birthday, where she shifted gears from dancing to acting, enrolled in drama courses, and landed guest roles in such series as The Partridge Family and Hawaii Five-O. In 1974, O'Toole tackled her first major feature role -- that of sweet-hearted beauty pageant contestant Doria Houston (otherwise known as Miss Anaheim) in Michael Ritchie's legendary satire Smile (1975). She did stellar work opposite Robby Benson in the romantic comedy One on One (1977), which premiered to favorable critical reviews, but a similar effort with Gary Busey a few years later, called Foolin' Around (1980), failed to display like chemistry. For better or worse, O'Toole's big break arrived in 1982, when she was cast opposite Christopher Reeve as Lana Lang in Superman 3; the film, of course, clocked in as an enormous stinker, overbloated to the point of absurdity, with O'Toole providing its only saving grace. That film imparted bittersweet undercurrents to O'Toole's life; it brought her the greatest character identification of her career, to be certain, but (along with an ill-advised appearance in Paul Schrader's awful 1982 movie Cat People), may have contributed to keeping her offscreen for several years. She rebounded with force in Armyan Bernstein's outstanding sex comedy Cross My Heart, as one of two romantic leads opposite Martin Short. The late 1987 release displayed the wit, charisma, and intelligence of both of its stars (and incorporated a hilarious nod to Superman 3, suggesting that Bernstein and Gail Parent may have written the role specifically for O'Toole), but for some unascertainable reason, failed to connect with an audience. O'Toole then signed for roles in the Alan Rudolph comedy-mystery Love at Large (1989) and the horrific Stephen King telemovie It (1990), which found the actress, along with John Ritter, Richard Thomas, and others, squaring off against homicidal clown Pennywise (Tim Curry). Her next major feat came in the late '90s, when she played Lisa, the spunky ex-wife of the police detective title character (Don Johnson) on the series Nash Bridges (1996-2001). She then achieved recognition by playing a different Superman role than the one previously essayed -- that of Clark Kent's mother, Martha -- on the popular prime-time series Smallville (2001). At about the same time, O'Toole made headlines by marrying her second husband, comedian and actor Michael McKean (Laverne & Shirley, This Is Spinal Tap), in 1999. The two co-authored a song for the Christopher Guest mockumentary A Mighty Wind (2003), entitled "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," in which McKean co-starred sans O'Toole. In a particularly memorable bit, the couple performed that number together on-stage at the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Women Who Kill
  • Lila
2017
No Score Yet We Go On
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Beach Pillows
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Falling Up
  • Grace O'Shea
2010
No Score Yet Temptation
  • Nora
2003
82% Gigantic
  • Actor
2002
17% Here on Earth
  • Jo
2000
No Score Yet Final Justice
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Keeping the Promise
  • Anne Hallowell
1997
No Score Yet Final Justice
  • Gwen Saticoy
1997
No Score Yet Final Descent
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet The Man Next Door
  • Annie Hopkins
1996
No Score Yet The Christmas Box
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper
  • Joann
1995
56% Imaginary Crimes
  • Ginny
1994
47% Andre
  • Toni's adult voice
1994
No Score Yet Love Matters
  • Julie
1993
No Score Yet Kiss of a Killer
  • Kate Wilson
1993
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'Jewels'
  • Sarah
1992
No Score Yet A Girl of the Limberlost
  • Kate Comstock
1991
No Score Yet White Lie
  • Helen Lester
1991
57% Stephen King's It
  • Beverly Marsh
1990
71% Love at Large
  • Mrs. King
1990
No Score Yet Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North
  • Actor
1989
40% Cross My Heart
  • Kathy
1987
No Score Yet Broken Vows
  • Nana Marie 'Nim' Fitzpatrick
1986
No Score Yet Copacabana
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Bridge to Terabithia
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade
  • Actor
1984
26% Superman III
  • Lana Lang
1983
92% 48 HRS
  • Elaine
1982
65% Cat People
  • Alice Perrin
1982
No Score Yet Foolin' Around
  • Susan
1980
80% King of the Gypsies
  • Sharon
1978
83% One on One
  • Janet Hays
1977
100% Smile
  • Doria Houston/'Miss Anaheim'
1975
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely to...
  • Actor
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Amelia Zuransky
  • 2015
91% Halt and Catch Fire
2014
  • Susan Emerson
  • 2014
57% The Finder
2012
  • Elaine Sherman
  • 2012
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Janet
  • 2011
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Martha Kent
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Veronica
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Valerie Grace
  • 2000

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