*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*

Netflix is releasing season three of its popular hit series, Virgin River, in just two short days (yes, you read that correctly). As per usual, that means we need to do as much research on the cast as possible. Today’s focus? Annette O’Toole, who plays Hope on the drama series. We compiled a list of everything you need to know about O’Toole, including where you might recognize her from.


1. Who Is Annette O’Toole?

Annette O’Toole is an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. While we know her these days as the sassy Hope McCrea on Virgin River, she’s been regularly appearing on screens since she was just a teenager.

Born in Texas, her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 13 years old. She eventually married Bill Geisslinger and they had two children before later divorcing. She went on to marry actor Michael McKean in 1999. The couple met while starring in the film Final Justice and have been together ever since.

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The series centers around Melinda “Mel” Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), who moves to Virgin River to get a fresh start on life. However, she soon realizes that small town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected. Mel learns that her love interest, Jack (Martin Henderson), is expecting a child with Charmaine (Hammersley), so she packs her bags. However, her little trip doesn’t last long after she realizes that she must come to terms with herself and her past.

O’Toole stars as Hope McCrea, a sociable mayor and town gossip of Virgin River. She’s married to local physician Vernon “Doc” Mullins and even helped him hire Mel.

3. What else has O’toole starred in?

As we mentioned above, her career kicked off at a young age. As a teen she appeared on The Danny Kaye Show which led to roles on My Three Sons, The Virginian, Gunsmoke, and The Partridge Family.

Since then, she’s appeared in a variety of projects including Bridge to Terabithia, Stephen King’s It, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, Smallville and Stand by Your Man. She’s also starred in movies such as Cat People, Cross My Heart, Foolin’ Around, Imaginary Crimes, A Futile and Stupid Gesture and Blow the Man Down.

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