Annie Potts

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Annie Potts
Annie Potts Emmys.jpg
Potts at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards in 1989.
BornAnne Hampton Potts
(1952-10-28) October 28, 1952 (age 61)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Steven Hartley
(1973–1978; divorced)
Greg Antonacci
(1978–1980; divorced)
B. Scott Senechal
(1981–1989; divorced)
James Hayman
(1990–present)
 
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Annie Potts
Annie Potts Emmys.jpg
Potts at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards in 1989.
BornAnne Hampton Potts
(1952-10-28) October 28, 1952 (age 61)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Steven Hartley
(1973–1978; divorced)
Greg Antonacci
(1978–1980; divorced)
B. Scott Senechal
(1981–1989; divorced)
James Hayman
(1990–present)

Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American film and television actress. She played parts 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). Potts is also a voice-actress. She played Bo Peep in Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

Potts also played Mary Jo Jackson Shively on CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986–1993), Dana Palladino on Love & War (1993-1995), for which she was nominated for Emmy Award, and Mary Elizabeth Sims in the Lifetime 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. In 2012, she starred as Gigi Stopper on the ABC comedy-drama series GCB.

Early life and education[edit]

Potts was born in Nashville, Tennessee,[1] 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.[2]

Career[edit]

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.[3] In 1982 she won Genie Awards for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress for 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 as Janine Melnitz in the 1984 film Ghostbusters

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 an 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.[4]

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.[5] 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."[6]

Potts 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.[7]

In March 2013, Potts signed on for the lead role of the ABC comedy-drama pilot Murder in Manhattan about mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths.[8] ABC is currently looking for a cable network to distribute the series, opting not to air it on network television.[9]

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.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Potts has been married four times, currently to television director James Hayman. She is the mother of three sons, Clay (with third husband Scott Senechal, born 1981), and two with 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. Potts is currently a visiting professor of Drama at the college.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1977Black Market BabyLinda Cleary
1978Corvette SummerVanessaNominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
King of the GypsiesPersa
1979Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady TruckersFlatbed Annie
1981HeartachesBonnie HowardGenie Awards for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1982Something So RightSunday
Bayou RomanceLily
1983CowboyD.G.
1984GhostbustersJanine Melnitz
Why Me?Daria
It Came Upon the Midnight ClearCindy Mills
Crimes of PassionAmy Grady
1986Pretty in PinkIona
Jumpin' Jack FlashLiz Carlson
1987The Man Who Fell to EarthLouise
1988Pass the AmmoDarla
1989Who's Harry Crumb?Helen Downing
Ghostbusters IIJanine Melnitz
1990TexasvilleKarla Jackson
1992Breaking the RulesMary Klinglitch
1995Her Deadly RivalKris Lansford
Toy StoryBo Peep (voice)
1999Toy Story 2Bo Peep (voice)
2003Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey StoryJulie Posey
2004Elvis Has Left the BuildingShirl
2007The Sunday ManMrs. Culp
2008Queen SizedJoan Baker
2011FiveCharlotte's Mom
2012The Music TeacherAlyson Daley
2014Chu and BlossomUnknownPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977Busting LooseHelene3 episodes
1978FamilyCaddy Wilde1 episode
1979VisionsEllen1 episode
1980Goodtime GirlsEdith Bedelmeyer13 episodes
1983Remington SteeleAnnie Carpenter1 episode
1985The Twilight ZoneCathy Lowery1 episode (Word Play)
1983–86Magnum, P.I.Tracy Spencer2 episodes
1987CBS Schoolbreak SpecialKathy Sanders1 episode
Amazing StoriesMrs. Bev Binford (voice)1 episode (The Family Dog)
1986–93Designing WomenMary Jo Shively163 episodes
1993–95Love & WarDana Palladino44 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1994)
1996–97Dangerous MindsLouAnne Johnson17 episodes
1997Over the TopHadley Martin12 episodes
1998HerculesSyrinx the Muse (voice)1 episode
1999Johnny BravoWrangler (voice)1 episode
1998–02Any Day NowMary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims88 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1999–2000)
2003Stuck in the Middle with YouTV pilot
2004HuffDoris Johnson4 episodes
2004–05Joan of ArcadiaLieutenant Lucy Preston11 episodes
2005Close to HomeDr. Marla Dodds1 episode
2006Julie Reno, Bounty HunterAngelTV pilot
2007Men in TreesMary Alice O'Donnell4 episodes
2008Ugly BettyLinda1 episode
Boston LegalJoy Espenson1 episode
2005–09Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSophie Devere4 episodes
2009Two and a Half MenLenore1 episode
2010Marry MeVivienne CarterTV mini-series
Fish HooksNurse FishingtonAnimated TV series
2012GCBGigi Stopper10 episodes
Animal PracticeVirginia Coleman2 episodes
2013Murder in ManhattanBlythe SuttonTV movie
The FostersSharon Foster2 episodes
Grey's AnatomyJoyce1 episode
2014Young & HungryDonna KaminskiTV show

Other[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Ghostbusters: The Video GameJanine Melnitz (voice)Video Game
2009–10God of CarnageAnnetteBroadway Play
2010Toy Story 3: The Video GameBo Peep (voice)Video Game
2014Pippin (musical)BertheBroadway Play

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