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Why Hope McCrea
From Virgin River
Looks So Familiar
By MELISSA LEMIEUX

Annette O'Toole, who plays mayor Hope McCrea on "Virgin River," started her career as a child actress, performing onstage and on television in the 1960s. She appeared on such classic TV shows as "My Three Sons," "The Partridge Family," "Gunsmoke," and the original "Hawaii Five-O."

Annette O'Toole

O'Toole's big break was the 1975 beauty pageant satire film "Smile," in which she portrayed Doria, aka Young American Miss.  She followed this up with roles in such films as "One On One," "Cat People," and "48 Hrs.”

Smile

O'Toole portrayed Lana Lang, Superman's childhood friend in "Superman III." While the movie hints that Lana will become a regular part of the film franchise, "Superman III" underperformed at the box office, which caused the studio to go in a different direction for the fourth film. 

Superman's Sweetheart

O’Toole portrayed Beverly Marsh, an abused daughter and victim of domestic violence in the 1990 ABC-TV movie version of Stephen King's "It." O’Toole is the only female member of the Losers Club, so she would stand out regardless, but her performance is an extremely memorable one to boot.

It

O'Toole portrayed Martha Kent, Clark Kent's adoptive mother (and an eventual politician), in the CW television drama "Smallville." A staple of the series, Martha was always there to support Clark and eventually assumed a position in the Kansas State Senate.

Superman's Mom