Annie Potts

Interested in stage and film at an early age, Annie Potts attended Stephens College in Missouri, enrolling in the theater studies course, followed by graduate work in California. At the age of 20, she married her college sweetheart, Steven Hartley. Only a short time later, she and her husband were in a serious automobile accident in New Mexico -- their Volkswagen bus was demolished by two drivers who were drag racing. Steve lost a leg, and Annie had multiple fractures (resulting in a traumatic arthritis that still persists). Early roles were primarily in television, such as Black Market Baby (1977), but her presence moved up with an appearance in the mega-hit Ghostbusters (1984), and then she hit the big time with a seven-year stint as one of the stars of Designing Women (1986). A brief period in Love & War (1992) ended with the cancellation of the show, about which she remains resentful.

Known For


Cast Credits

Chicago Med (2015)
Guest starring as Helen Manning (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x13: Us (Apr 5, 2016)
  • Episode 1x07: Saints (Jan 26, 2016)
  • Episode 1x06: Bound (Jan 19, 2016)
  • Episode 1x02: iNO (Nov 24, 2015)
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NCIS: New Orleans (2014)
Guest starring as Olivia Brody
Young & Hungry (2014)
Guest starring as Donna Kaminski
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Jun 25, 2014)
The Fosters (2013)
Guest starring as Sharon Elkin (8 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Louise Baker
Major Crimes (2012)
Guest starring as Clarissa Fields
GCB (2012)
Starring as Gigi Stopper (10 episodes)
Royal Pains (2009)
Guest starring as Mrs. Sacani (2 episodes)
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Joyce Bosco
Boston Legal (2004)
Guest starring as Joy Espenson
Two and a Half Men (2003)
Guest starring as Lenore
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Sophie Devere (4 episodes)
  • Episode 10x19: Selfish (Apr 28, 2009)
  • Episode 9x03: Impulsive (Oct 9, 2007)
  • Episode 7x12: Infected (Jan 3, 2006)
  • Episode 7x09: Rockabye (Nov 22, 2005)
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)
Guest starring as Annie Potts
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Annie Potts
Love & War (1992)
Starring as Dana Palladino
Designing Women (1986)
Starring as Mary Jo Shively
The Twilight Zone (1985)
Guest starring as Kathy Lowery
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Guest starring as Tracy Spencer