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Annette O'Toole Biography

Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Actor, writer, songwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2003Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Music (Runner-up): winner