Annie Potts

Annie Potts

Born: October 28, 1952
Age: 71
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
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Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American film, television and stage actress. She is known for her roles in popular 1980s films such as Ghostbusters (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), and Ghostbusters II (1989). In the 1990s, she voiced Bo Peep in the animated films Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

Potts is also known for playing Mary Jo Jackson Shively on CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986-93), Dana Palladino on Love & War (1993-95), for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, and Mary Elizabeth Sims in the Lifetime drama series Any Day Now (1998-2002), for which she was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. In 2012, she starred as Gigi Stopper on the ABC comedy-drama series GCB.


Early life and education

Potts was born in Nashville, Tennessee, as the third daughter of Powell Grisette Potts and Dorothy Harris (née Billingslea) Potts. Her older sisters are: Mary Eleanor (Potts) Hovious, and Elizabeth Grissette ("Dollie") Potts. They grew up in Franklin, Kentucky, where she graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School.

She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree (in theater arts) from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. At the age of 21, Potts was the victim of a car accident which left nearly every bone below her waist broken.


Potts made her debut on the big screen in 1978 in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film Corvette Summer, with Mark Hamill. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1979 for her role in the film. In 1982 she won Genie Awards for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress for her role in the film Heartaches, about a young woman, married to a stock car racer and carrying his friend's child. In 1980, she played Edith Bedelmeyer, a woman who shared an attic apartment with three other women (played by Georgia Engel, Lorna Patterson and Francine Tacker) on the short-lived comedy series, Goodtime Girls.

Potts played receptionist Janine Melnitz in the Ghostbusters film series and then achieved fame as the pragmatic interior designer Mary Jo Shively on the CBS television sitcom Designing Women (1986-1993), and has had a wide variety of prominent roles in both television and film. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1994 for role as Dana Palladino on Love & War (1993-1995). Other notable roles include Mary Elizabeth (O'Brien) Sims on the Lifetime Television drama series Any Day Now (1998-2002), for which she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, the voice of Little Bo Peep in the first two Toy Story films, a supporting role in John Hughes's Pretty in Pink as well as guest-starring roles on such CBS's television series as Magnum, P.I., Joan of Arcadia, Close to Home, Two and a Half Men and ABC' Men in Trees, Ugly Betty and Boston Legal. She played a recurring role as Sophie Devere in the NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2005 to 2009.

Potts has done work on audio books, including as the narrator and heroine of Larry McMurtry's Telegraph Days. She starred in the film version of McMurtry's Texasville, a sequel to The Last Picture Show. She made her Broadway debut upon joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage on November 17, 2009, succeeding Hope Davis in the role.

In 2012, Potts starred as Elizabeth "Gigi" Stopper in ABC's Comedy-drama series GCB, with Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor and Marisol Nichols. She says she based her portrayal of the character on Dixie Carter, adding, "Were she still alive, the role would have been hers and should have been." Potts also played a leading role in the 2012 Hallmark Channel original musical movie The Music Teacher, about a high school music teacher who is on the brink of losing her beloved school music program because of district budget cuts. In an effort to spare the program, Daley's former students band together to stage a musical to raise money to keep the program alive.

In March 2013, Potts signed for the lead role of the ABC comedy-drama pilot Murder in Manhattan about mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths. ABC later looked for a cable network to distribute the series, opting not to air it on network television. In late 2013, it was announced that Potts would join Diane Paulus' critically acclaimed revival of Pippin beginning January 21, 2014. She replaced Tony award nominee Tovah Feldshuh in the role of Pippin's grandmother Berthe. This marked her first appearance in a Broadway musical.

Personal life

Potts is the mother of three sons, Clay (with third husband Scott Senechal, born 1981), and two with James Hayman: James (called Doc, born 1992), and Harry (born 1996). She is a Board Member of Stephens College, and has been instrumental in fundraising efforts for the college for many years.



Year Film Role Notes
1978 Corvette Summer Vanessa
King of the Gypsies Persa
1981 Heartaches Bonnie Howard
1984 Ghostbusters Janine Melnitz
Crimes of Passion Amy Grady
1986 Pretty in Pink Iona
Jumpin' Jack Flash Liz Carlson
1987 The Man Who Fell to Earth Louise
1988 Pass the Ammo Darla
1988 She's Having a Baby Herself Cameo
1989 Who's Harry Crumb? Helen Downing
Ghostbusters II Janine Melnitz
1990 Texasville Karla Jackson
1992 Breaking the Rules Mary Klinglitch
1995 Toy Story Bo Peep Voice role
1999 Toy Story 2 Bo Peep Voice role
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building Shirl
2007 The Sunday Man Mrs. Culp Short film
2014 Chu and Blossom Unknown
2015 As Good As You Dr. Laura Berg
2016 Ghostbusters Hotel clerk Cameo; in post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Black Market Baby Linda Cleary TV movie
1977 Busting Loose Helene 3 episodes
1978 Family Caddy Wilde Episode: "Magic"
1979 Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Flatbed Annie Movie
1979 Visions Ellen Episode: "Ladies in Waiting"
1980 Goodtime Girls Edith Bedelmeyer 13 episodes
1982 Something So Right Sunday Movie
Bayou Romance Lily Movie
1983 Cowboy D.G. Movie
1983 Remington Steele Annie Carpenter Episode: "Steele Crazy After All These Years"
1984 Why Me? Daria Movie
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Cindy Mills Movie
1985 The Twilight Zone Cathy Lowery Episode: "Wordplay"
1983-1986 Magnum, P.I. Tracy Spencer 2 episodes
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kathy Sanders "My Dissident Mom"
Amazing Stories Mrs. Bev Binford Episode: "The Family Dog"
1986-1993 Designing Women Mary Jo Shively 163 episodes
1993-1995 Love & War Dana Palladino 44 episodes
1995 Her Deadly Rival Kris Lansford Movie
1996-1997 Dangerous Minds LouAnne Johnson 17 episodes
1997 Over the Top Hadley Martin 12 episodes
1998 Hercules Syrinx the Muse Episode: "Hercules and the Muse of Dance"
1999 Johnny Bravo Wrangler 1 episode
1998-2002 Any Day Now Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims 88 episodes
2003 Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story Julie Posey Movie
2004 Huff Doris Johnson 4 episodes
2004-2005 Joan of Arcadia Lieutenant Lucy Preston 11 episodes
2005 Close to Home Dr. Marla Dodds Episode: "Divine Directions"
2007 Men in Trees Mary Alice O'Donnell 4 episodes
2008 Ugly Betty Linda Episode: "Zero Worship"
Boston Legal Joy Espenson Episode: "The Bad Seed"
Queen Sized Joan Baker Movie
2005-2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sophie Devere 4 episodes
2009 Two and a Half Men Lenore Episode: "Mmm, Fish. Yum."
2010 Freshman Father Dorothy Downs Movie
Marry Me Vivienne Carter Miniseries
2010 Fish Hooks Nurse Fishington (voice) Disney Channel; episode: "Principal Bea"
2011 Five Charlotte's Mom Movie
2012 The Music Teacher Alyson Daley Movie
2012 GCB Gigi Stopper 10 episodes
Animal Practice Virginia Coleman 2 episodes
2013-present The Fosters Sharon Foster Recurring role (8 episodes)
2013 Grey's Anatomy Joyce Episode: "Map of You"
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Olivia Brody Episode: "Broken Hearted"
2015-present Chicago Med Helen Manning Recurring role

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Janine Melnitz
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Bo Peep


Year Title Role Notes
2009-10 God of Carnage Annette
2014 Pippin Berthe

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1978 Golden Globe Awards New Star of the Year - Actress Corvette Summer Nominated
1981 Genie Awards Best Performance by a Foreign Actress Heartaches Won
1994 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Love & War Nominated
1998/99 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Any Day Now Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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