'Desperate Housewives' Star Has a Plan

She attributes it to good genes. "I mean I try to hike and work out and that kind of stuff but I've never been consistent," she said. "You know, I've never had an eating disorder. I eat what I want and then I'll kind of watch it for a couple of days, but I eat healthy."

She added, "I breast-fed for two and a half years. I mean you don't want to see me out of my bra -- that's why I haven't had sex in however many years … I'm shy about the whole thing!"

Second Wind

In a sense, Hatcher's success was both familiar and long-awaited. In the late 1990s, she seemed to be at the peak of her career. There was the "Seinfeld" tribute.

A picture of her from her "Lois & Clark" days with her wearing nothing but Superman's red cape famously became the most-downloaded image on America Online

And then the show was canceled. She had her first baby. She was divorced for a second time.

She told Sawyer about the fear she felt at that time. She felt that she might have to take a job that she didn't want just to pay the bills. But even worse, she said, was feeling like she failed at life.

"I failed at my marriage. I don't have a career. I might lose my house. I don't have a man," she said.

"That sort of harshness of judgment of myself -- how will I ever move beyond this? That really desperate feeling when you feel like you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel."

She's much better now. "You know when you can have a job that you love and get paid for it -- I mean you're lucky, you're really lucky," she told Sawyer.

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