Annette O'Toole played Lana Lang, the girl Clark Kent left behind in his youth, in the big-screen feature "Superman III." Now she appears in her second role in the Superman saga, playing Martha Kent, adoptive mother to teenage Clark Kent in the action-adventure series "Smallville."
A talented songwriter as well as an accomplished actress, O'Toole and her husband Michael McKean were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the feature film "A Mighty Wind."
Born in Houston, O'Toole started dancing at the early age of 3. At 13, her family moved to Los Angeles and she began taking acting lessons. Her first big break came when she starred in the 1975 feature film "Smile," as a conniving beauty pageant contestant. Since then, O'Toole has appeared on the big screen in "48 Hrs," playing Nick Nolte's character's girlfriend, the 1982 remake of "Cat People," directed by Paul Schrader, "Here on Earth," with Chris Klein and Leelee Sobieski, "One on One," "King of the Gypsies," "Cross My Heart" and "Love at Large."
O'Toole starred on the cable television series "The Huntress" and also has been a series regular on "Nash Bridges." She has guest starred on many series including "Law & Order" and "Boy Meets World."
She was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Rose Kennedy in the television miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts." Her numerous television movie credits include "The War Between the Tates," as a student involved with her professor, "Stand By Your Man," in which she showcased her singing voice playing country music legend Tammy Wynette, "Love for Rent," "A Girl of the Limberlost," "The Entertainer," "Stephen King's ˜It'" and "Danielle Steel's ˜Jewels.'"
Dividing her time between stage and screen, O'Toole has performed in theater productions around the country, including a run in Los Angeles in "Vanities" and performances of "Yankee Wives" and "Sun Bearing Down" at The Globe Theater.
O'Toole currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.