Annie Potts

Actor, Set designer, Costume designer
Annie Potts' unique voice and quirky personality made her a natural fit for roles that called for colorful, experienced, definitely quirky women. Potts first burst onto the scene as the sassy, quick-witted secretary in ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1952 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (83)

Toy Story 4 2018 (Movie)

Bo Peep (Voice)

Chicago Med 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ghostbusters 2016 (Movie)

Desk Clerk (Actor)

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey 2016 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Royal Pains 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scandal 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fosters 2013 - 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS: New Orleans 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Instant Mom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Young & Hungry 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chu and Blossom 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Animal Practice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fish Hooks 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

GCB 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Teacher 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Marry Me 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Freshman Father 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 - 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men in Trees 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elvis Has Left the Building 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Joan of Arcadia 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Movie Superstars: Women You Love 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Designing Women Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Bo Peep (Actor)

Over the Top 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Minds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Having a Baby! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Funny Females 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & War 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Bo Peep (Actor)

Hollywood Gets MADD 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1986 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the Rules 1992 (Movie)

Mary Klingsmith (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Karla Jackson (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Janine Melnitz (Actor)

Miss Ruby's Southern Holiday Dinner 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

Helen Downing (Actor)

Pass the Ammo 1988 (Movie)

Darla (Actor)

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

My Dissident Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of Steel 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

Liz Carlson (Actor)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

Iona (Actor)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

Amy Grady (Actor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Janine Melnitz (Actor)

Why Me? 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartaches 1982 (Movie)

Bonnie Howard (Actor)

In Security 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodtime Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Corvette Summer 1978 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

Persa (Actor)

Hollywood High 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood High 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Market Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Her Deadly Rival (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Dixie Carter (TV Show)

Narrator

Queen Sized (TV Show)

Actor

Something So Right (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Annie Potts' unique voice and quirky personality made her a natural fit for roles that called for colorful, experienced, definitely quirky women. Potts first burst onto the scene as the sassy, quick-witted secretary in the international phenomenon "Ghostbusters" (1984). It was a role that she would reprise in the successful 1989 sequel and a later video game. Potts possessed a natural gift for playing slightly off-the-wall characters with big hearts; similar to the surrogate mother roles she essayed in the John Hughes Gen-X classic "Pretty in Pink" (1986) opposite Molly Ringwald, and on the critically acclaimed television version of the feature film "Dangerous Minds" (ABC, 1996-97). But it was her turn as a sarcastic yet struggling interior designer on the Southern-flavored sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993) that made Potts a household name. The actress endured numerous career setbacks throughout her run, whether canceled TV pilots or short-lived sitcoms, but she was always exceedingly employable because there were very few comic actresses able to steal scenes in such a unique fashion. Simply put, if she had done nothing else but "Designing Women," her immortality would have been assured, but luckily she brought to life memorable comedic performances in a series of film classics as well.

Relationships

Greg Antonacci Actor

Husband
Married June 21, 1978 Divorced in 1980

Steven Hartley

Husband
Married in 1973 Divorced in 1978

Isaac Hayman

Son
Born Dec. 27, 1995; father, James Hayman

James Hayman

Son
Born May 25, 1992; father, James Hayman

Jim Hayman Director

Husband
Married Sept. 2, 1990

Powell Potts

Father

Dorothy Potts

Mother

Elizabeth Potts

Sister

Mary Potts Hovious

Sister

Clay Senechal Assistant

Son
Born April 29, 1981; B. Scott Senechal

Brian Scott Senechal Assistant Director

Husband
Married Feb. 28, 1981 Divorced in 1989

EDUCATION

Stephens College

Columbia , Missouri

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California

Milestones

2012

Co-starred on ABC comedy-drama series "GCB"

2011

Cast in Lifetime's breast cancer anthology "Five"

2008

Played an overweight girl's mother in Lifetime movie "Queen Sized"

2007

Had a multi-episode arc on ABC's "Men in Trees"

2004

Landed recurring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS)

2000

Made New York stage debut in "The Vagina Monologues" (April)

1999

Again voiced Bo Peep for the animated sequel "Toy Story 2"

1998

Undertook another TV series. the Lifetime original drama "Any Day Now"; played Mary Elizabeth Sims, a Southern woman who reconnects with her childhood friend, a black woman now a high-powered attorney

1997

Cast opposite Tim Curry on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Over the Top"

1996

Returned to series TV playing LouAnne Johnson on ABC drama series "Dangerous Minds," based on the 1995 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer

1995

Provided the voice of Bo Peep in the computer animated hit "Toy Story"

1993

Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Love & War," replacing Susan Dey as the series' female lead; played Dana Palladino until show's cancellation

1990

Delivered a strong supporting turn as Jeff Bridges' unhappy wife in "Texasville," the sequel to "The Last Picture Show"

1989

Reprised role in "Ghostbusters II"

1986

Portrayed Mary Jo Shively, a partner in the design firm on the popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Designing Women"

1986

Landed small but memorable role as Molly Ringwald's advice-giving friend in "Pretty in Pink"

1983

Delivered memorable supporting turn as the secretary to the "Ghostbusters"

1978

Feature film debut, "Corvette Summer"; also marked first leading role in films

1977

TV-movie debut, "Black Market Baby" (ABC)

1977

TV debut in a special, the busted pilot for "Hollywood High" (NBC)

1976

Toured with stage production of "Charley's Aunt," starring Roddy McDowall, Vincent Price, and Coral Browne

1964

Amateur stage debut in "Heidi" at age 12 (date approximate)

Was struck by an automobile whose driver was drunk; suffered two broken legs and was left with traumatic arthritis

Grew up in Franklin, KY; Nashville, where she was born, was the location of the nearest hospital

Worked in summer stock theater

Worked for a time at the Community Theater of Santa Fe, NM where she was involved in costume and set design while recuperating from her injuries

Moved to Los Angeles

Bonus Trivia

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Referring to Potts's first appearance upon joining the cast of "Love and War" in its second season, Eric Mink of the Daily News (Sept. 20, 1993) wrote: "But then, something miraculous happens: Annie Potts, playing a new character, Dana Palladino, walks through the restaurant's door, and the show is transformed. Potts might as well be brandishing thunderbolts. She walks on the set, and the place becomes electric. Snappy dialogue fills the air. Confrontations between Palladino and Stein (Jay Thomas) crackle with smart, sassy energy. And Potts infuses the show with the kind of sexual tension that writer-producer Diane English has always talked about but had not been able to deliver."

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