Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole


4/1/1952, Houston, TX

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Annette O'Toole


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Annette O'Toole played Lana Lang, the girl Clark Kent left behind in his youth, in the big-screen feature Superman III. Now she takes her new place in the Superman saga playing a teenage Clark Kent's mother, Martha, in the new action-adventure series Smallville.

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Annette's daughter, Nell Geisslinger, is also an actress.

    • Annette and her husband, Michael appeared as husband and wife in 2000 in a episode of Law & Order entitled Mega, season 10.

    • While shooting Smallville in Vancouver, Annette often wrote a lot of lyrics to put into song while walking in Stanley Park.

    • At the 2004 Academy Awards ceremony, Annette and her husband, Michael, performed A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow on stage, an Academy Award-winning song they wrote together.

    • Cynthia Ettinger was originally cast to be Martha on Smallville. Cynthia shot the pilot. However, Annette replaced her afterward and a new pilot was shot.

    • Annette attended the University of California in Los Angeles, California.

    • Annette and her husband, Michael, first met while he was shooting Laverne and Shirley. They re-met when they both landed a role in Lifetime's Final Justice. They became close email friends for a while before getting married.

    • Annette helped raise funds for the Maryland chapter of the Alzheimer's Association by designing an blanket that she and her fellow Smallville cast and crew members knitted. The blanket was auctioned off on eBay.

    • Annette was previously married to actor Bill Geisslinger for ten years. The two divorced in 1993.

    • In 2005, Annette and John Schneider were nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Best TV Parental Units for their roles on Smallville.

    • In 2002, Annette won a Feature Film Award for Best Actress for her role on Temptation.

    • Annette is the only actress ever to play both Superman's girlfriend and Superman's mother.

    • Annette O' Toole's husband, actor Michael McKean, appeared in the Smallville episode "Perry" as Perry White. However, the couple only shot one scene together, in which they were separated by about 200 yards.

    • She had her first romantic leading role in the movie, One on One.

    • She began to perform as a dancer on The Danny Kaye Show at 16.

    • She was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for her portrayal of Rose in The Kennedys of Massachusetts.

    • One of her interests is knitting.

    • Annette took dancing lessons from her mother who was a dance teacher in Houston, and began dancing at the age of three.

    • In the comics, the two Superman characters she has played Martha Kent and Lana Lang are 5'4". This is her height in real life.

    • She appeared in the movie It as Beverly Marsh.

    • Appearing in the up coming documentary Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman (2006) as herself.

    • In 1999, Annette appeared with her husband Michael McKean on an episode of Boy Meets World entitled State of the Unions in season 6.

    • Annette and her husband, Michael McKean, were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, a love duet that they wrote for the movie A Mighty Wind.

    • Annette is no stranger to the Superman world. Other than her current role as Martha Kent in the WB's Smallville, she's played the part of Lana Lang in Superman III, opposite Christopher Reeve in 1983.

    • Most mothers are proud of their children, and O'Toole feels that way as her television "son," Tom Welling, turns first-time director with "Fragile," the new episode airing Thursday."

    • She is a natural red head.

    • She is also a singer and dancer.

    • She has a tattoo on her lower back.

    • She once lived in Ashland, Oregon.

    • She has two daughters from her first marriage. Their names are Nell and Anna Geisslinger.

    • Annette has been married to actor Michael McKean as of March 20, 1999.

  • Quotes

    • Annette O'Toole: (about songwriting) It's almost like an acting exercise for me. Maybe that's why I'm able to do it, because I've been acting so long. You just kind of put yourself in the emotional place of this person singing the song and it just seems to come out, melodically and lyrically. That's just the way I think about it.

    • Annette O'Toole: My mother was a dancing teacher and I started taking dance from the time I was three. When I was 13, my family moved out to Los Angeles and I began acting lessons. I would get jobs here there, starting with The Danny Kaye Show. At 17, I started studying acting in depth. I left singing and dancing behind at that point. Those careers seemed very short to me, while acting could go on forever.

    • Annette O'Toole: I've had seven wonderful years playing Martha Kent but the fire just burned out and it's time to move on.

    • Annette O'Toole: What can you say about such a man as Christopher Reeve? He embodied all the best that a human being can hope to be.

    • Annette O'Toole: Boy, are they writing for me. I get to work so much with John Glover. I've never seen anybody work so hard; he is such an amazingly dedicated actor, an inspiration, and just so much fun.

    • Annette O'Toole: (About her role on Smallville) Martha has been married for practically her whole life and she was incredibly into her husband and their life together. But the truth is that Lionel is much more suited to her.

    • Annette O'Toole: When we were first together, he said, nobody's ever called me Darling. I said, I can't believe that I could just cry thinking about it.

    • Annette O'Toole: We wrote "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" in an hour and a half. It was the second song we'd ever written together. Now I wake up every day with melodies in my head.

    • Annette O'Toole: The only bad thing is that Smallville is shot in Vancouver, and Michael and I live in L.A. So sometimes I feel like a Ping-Pong ball.

    • Annette O'Toole: Michael came home and asked, W"ould you like to write a song with me?" I got this idea for a title called "A Kiss at the End of a Rainbow." So we had a couple glasses of wine and wrote it.

    • Annette O'Toole: (about Tom and the other young actors on Smallville) They're so mature in their work, they're not like young starting actors. Tom [Welling as Clark] in the very beginning was, but he got over that really fast and absorbed everything that he had to do very, very quickly. And of course, he's going to direct us in an episode soon, and we're all looking forward to that. It's come full circle.