Potts, Annie 1952–

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POTTS, Annie 1952–

(Ann Potts)


Born October 28, 1952, in Nashville, TN (some sources say Franklin, KY); married Steven Hartley, 1973 (divorced, 1978); married B. Scott Senechal (a director), 1980 (divorced, 1989); married James Hayman (a director, producer, and cinematographer), 1990; children: (second marriage) Clay Samuel Senechal; (third marriage) James Powell Hayman (Doc), Isaac Harris Hayman (Harry). Education: Stephens College, B.F.A., 1973; attended the California Institute of Arts. Avocational Interests: Swimming, yoga.

Addresses: Agent—Brian Mann, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actress and producer. Appeared in television commercials. Community Theatre, Santa Fe, NM, set and costume designer for stage productions.

Member: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (member of the auxiliary board), National Arthritis Foundation (ambassador).

Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture acting debut—female, 1979, for Corvette Summer; Genie Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best performance by a foreign actress, 1982, for Heartaches; Discovery of the Year, Hollywood Women's Press Club, 1987; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1994, for Love and War; Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, 1999 and 2000, for Any Day Now.


Television Appearances; Series:

Edith Bedelmeyer and narrator, Goodtime Girls, ABC, 1980.

Voice, The Kwicky Koala Show (animated), CBS, 1981–1982.

Mary Jo Shively, Designing Women, CBS, 1986–1993.

Dana Palladino, Love and War (also known as Love Is Hell), CBS, 1993–1995.

LouAnne Johnson, Dangerous Minds, ABC, 1996–1997.

Hadley Martin, Over the Top, ABC, 1997.

Mary Elizabeth "M. E." O'Brien Sims, Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1998–2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Linda Cleary, Black Market Baby (also known as A Dangerous Love and Don't Steal My Baby), ABC, 1977.

Ladies in Waiting, 1979.

Sunday, Something So Right, CBS, 1982.

D. G., Cowboy, CBS, 1983.

Cindy Mills, It Came upon the Midnight Clear, syndicated, 1984.

Daria, Why Me?, ABC, 1984.

Louise, The Man Who Fell to Earth, ABC, 1987.

Kris Landsford, Her Deadly Rival (also known as A Deadly Affair and The Other Woman), CBS, 1995.

Julie Posey, Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story, Lifetime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, CBS Tournament of Roses Parade, CBS, 1987.

Kathy Sanders, My Dissident Mom, CBS, 1987.

Miss Ruby's Southern Holiday Dinner, PBS, 1988.

Host, Hanna–Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (also known as A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration: 50 Years of Hanna–Barbara), TNT, 1989.

US Magazine—Live at the Emmys!, Fox, 1989.

Mary Jo Shively, The Designing Women Special: Their Finest Hour, CBS, 1990.

Herself, Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary, NBC, 1991.

Herself, Hollywood Gets MADD, TBS, 1993.

Herself, The Ultimate Driving Challenge, CBS, 1993.

Host, 50 Years of Funny Females, ABC, 1995.

Host, The Making of "Toy Story," 1995.

We're Having a Baby!, ABC, 1996.

Herself, Weddings of a Lifetime: Dream Weddings on a Budget, Lifetime, 2002.

Herself, CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

Herself, The Designing Women Reunion, Lifetime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1991.

Cohost, The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1995.

The Ninth Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1995.

The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Present the American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Life in the Slammer," Busting Loose, CBS, 1977.

"The Vixen," Busting Loose, CBS, 1977.

Rock star, "Magic," Family, ABC, 1978.

Annie Carpenter, "Steele Crazy after All These Years," Remington Steele, NBC, 1983.

Tracy Spencer, "Legacy from a Friend," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1983.

Kathy Lowery, "Word Play," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

"Diamonds Aren't Forever," Lime Street, ABC, 1985.

Tracy Spencer, "A.A.P.I.," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1986.

Voice of Bev Benford, "Family Dog," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1987.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1987 and 1993.

Storytime, PBS, 1994.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Voice of Syrinx the muse, "Hercules and the Muse of Dance," Disney's Hercules (animated), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

"Any Day Now," and "No Food for Brian," Sidewalks Entertainment (also known as Sidewalks and Sidewalks Entertainment Hour), syndicated, 1998.

Voices of cowgirl and wrangler, "Dude Ranch Doofus," Johnny Bravo (animated), The Cartoon Network, 1999.

Herself, The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment, 2000.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Dixie Carter (documentary), Lifetime, 2001.

Herself, Secrets of Superstar Fitness, 2002.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Paula Lindell and Phoebe, Hollywood High, NBC, 1977.

Flatbed Annie, Flatbed Annie and Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers (also known as Flatbed Annie and Girls of the Road), CBS, 1979.

Annie Leighton, In Security, CBS, 1982.

Annie, Hearts of Steel, ABC, 1986.

The Faculty, ABC, 1986.

Dori, Stuck in the Middle with You, NBC, c. 2003.

Doris Johnson, Huff, Showtime, 2004.

Linda Hubbard, We Are Family (also known as Full Circle), ABC, c. 2004.

Television Producer; Series:

Over the Top, ABC, 1997.

Film Appearances:

Persa, King of the Gypsies, De Laurentiis/Paramount, 1978.

Vanessa, Corvette Summer (also known as The Hot One), United Artists, 1978.

Bonnie Howard, Heartaches, Rising Star, 1981.

Lily, Bayou Romance, Prism Entertainment, 1982.

Amy Grady, Crimes of Passion, New World, 1984.

Janine Melnitz, Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984.

Liz Carlson, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

Stick, Universal, 1985.

Iona, Pretty in Pink, Paramount, 1986.

(Uncredited) Herself, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

Darla, Pass the Ammo, New Century, 1988.

Helen Downing, Who's Harry Crumb?, TriStar, 1989.

Janine Melnitz, Ghostbusters II, Columbia, 1989.

Karla Jackson, Texasville, Columbia, 1990.

Mary Klingsmith, Breaking the Rules (also known as Sketches), Miramax, 1992.

Voice of Bo Peep, Toy Story (animated), Buena Vista, 1995.

Voice of Bo Peep, Toy Story II (animated), Buena Vista, 1999.

Elvis Has Left the Building, Capitol Films, 2004.

Raise Your Voice, New Line Cinema, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City, beginning 2000.

Appeared in other stage productions, including Cymbeline and Richard III.

Major Tours:

(As Ann Potts) Amy Spettigue, Charley's Aunt, U.S. cities, 1976.


Video Games:

Voice of Bo Peep, Toy Story 2, Activision, 1999.



Entertainment Weekly, September 3, 1999.

Good Housekeeping, November, 1998, p. 32.

People Weekly, October 28, 1996, p. 138.

TV Guide, September 3, 1999, pp. 18–20.