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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

I ❤️ Arlo (2021)
Starring as Edmee (6 episodes)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (2019)
Guest starring as Annie Potts
Young Sheldon (2017)
Starring as Connie "Meemaw" Tucker (117 episodes)
Chicago Med (2015)
Guest starring as Helen Manning (5 episodes)
  • Episode 1x17: Withdrawal (May 10, 2016)
  • Episode 1x13: Us (Apr 5, 2016)
  • Episode 1x07: Saints (Jan 26, 2016)
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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 (11 episodes)
Major Crimes (2012)
Guest starring as Clarissa Fields
Animal Practice (2012)
Guest starring as Virginia Coleman (2 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Louise Baker
GCB (2012)
Starring as Gigi Stopper (10 episodes)
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Annie Potts (3 episodes)
Royal Pains (2009)
Guest starring as Mrs. Sacani (2 episodes)
Close to Home (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Marla Dodds
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
Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as Annie Potts
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) [Special Guest Star]
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Any Day Now (1998)
Starring as Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Sims (88 episodes)
Over the Top (1997)
Starring as Hadley Martin
The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn (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 (30 episodes)
Amazing Stories (1985)
Guest starring as Mrs. Bev Binford
The Twilight Zone (1985)
Guest starring as Kathy Lowery
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Guest starring as Tracy Spencer (2 episodes)
Goodtime Girls (1980)
Starring as Edith Bedelmeyer (12 episodes)
People's Choice Awards (1975)
Starring as Host
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