Annette O'Toole

  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Songwriter, Producer
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  • At age 3, started taking dance lessons at her mother's dance school in Houston.
  • Joined The Danny Kaye Show as a professional dancer when she was 16.
  • First acting gig was a guest-starring role on a 1970 episode of Gunsmoke.
  • Made feature-film debut as a scheming beauty-pageant contestant in the 1975 comedy Smile.
  • Played country singer Tammy Wynette in the 1981 TV movie Stand by Your Man.
  • Was cast as Clark Kent's high school sweetheart Lana Lang in 1983's Superman III opposite Christopher Reeve; and then as Clark's adoptive mother Martha Kent in the 2001 TV series Smallville.
  • Landed guest-starring roles with husband Michael McKean in a number of TV series, including a 1999 episode of Boy Meets World and a 2000 episode of Law & Order.
  • Cowrote, with husband McKean, an Oscar-nominated song (the second they had ever written together) for the Christopher Guest musical mockumentary A Mighty Wind (2003).
  • In 2011, starred in Southern Comfort, a musical based on a Sundance award-winning documentary about Georgian transgender friends; the New York Times praised her "moving performance."
  • Appeared on The Finder in 2012 as Eileen Sherman, Walter's mother.


  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee


  • Michael McKean — Husband
  • Nell Geisslinger — Daughter
  • Anna Geisslinger — Daughter
  • Bill Geisslinger — Ex-husband


  • Attended University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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