She gave birth to daughter Emerson Tenney on November 10, 1997. She stayed out of the industry for a little bit before nabbing a role on the darkly comedic soap opera Desperate Housewives (2004), which could have been a huge mistake.Later, she signed to play "Sally Bowles" in a road tour of Cabaret. The show turned out to be a mega-hit, which skyrocketed Hatcher to the A-list.
Hatcher studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco while taking a degree course in mathematics and engineering at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.
She became a member of the 1984 Gold Rush, the name of the professional cheer leading squad of the American football San Francisco 49ers.