- 1 Who is Annie Potts?
- 2 How rich is she, as of now? Annie Potts Net Worth
- 3 Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
- 4 Career Beginnings
- 5 Rise to Prominence
- 6 Continued Success
- 7 Further Work
- 8 Recent and Upcoming Projects
- 9 Appearance and Vital Statistics
- 10 Personal Life
Who is Annie Potts?
Anne Hampton ‘Annie’ Potts was born on 28 October 1952 under the zodiac sign of Scorpio, in Nashville, Tennessee USA. She is a 29-year-old actress and producer, probably best recognized for landing the role of Mary Jo Shively in the CBS sitcom “Designing Women” (1986-1993), playing Dana Palladino in the CBS sitcom “Love & War” (1993-1995), and most recently featuring as Connie ‘Meemaw’ Tucker in the CBS coming-of-age sitcom “Young Sheldon” (2017-present).
How rich is she, as of now? Annie Potts Net Worth
As of mid-2022, Annie Potts’ net worth is estimated at over $8 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment, in which she’s garnered nearly 110 television and film acting credits since she launched her career back in 1977.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Annie Potts spent her early years in Franklin, Kentucky, where she was raised by her father, Powell Grisette Potts, and mother Dorothy Harris Potts (née Billingslea); the professions of her parents aren’t revealed to the public. She has two elder sisters, named Mary Eleanor Potts Hovious and Elizabeth Grissette Potts. She holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian.
Regarding her educational background, Annie attended Franklin-Simpson High School, from which she matriculated in 1970, then enrolled into Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, from which she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Theater.
Annie Potts launched her professional acting career in 1977, when she made her debut TV appearance as Linda Cleary in the made-for-TV drama film “Black Market Baby” on ABC, and her feature film debut the next year with her portrayal of Vanessa in the adventure comedy film “Corvette Summer”, which was directed by Matthew Robbins and stars Mark Hamill. It was a box office success, and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for New Star of the Year – Actress. It was followed by her starring n the main role of Edith Bedelmeyer in the short-lived ABC sitcom “Goodtime Girls” in 1980.
The next year, she won a Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress for her performance as Bonnie Howard in the comedy film “Heartaches”, in which she shared the screen with Margot Kidder and Winston Rekert.
Rise to Prominence
Annie Potts was then chosen to play Janine Melnitz in the 1984 supernatural comedy film “Ghostbusters”, which was directed by Ivan Reitman, and stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film received critical acclaim and gained a cult status, and was also a huge commercial success, grossing over $295 million worldwide. She later reprised the role in its sequels “Ghostbusters II” (1989), “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (2021), as well as its reboot “Ghostbusters” (2016).
She then played Iona in the teen romantic drama film “Pretty In Pink”, which was directed by Howard Deutch and released in 2016. She gained enormous popularity when she joined the main cast of the CBS sitcom “Designing Women”, in which she starred in the role of Mary Jo Shively from 1986 to 1993. Concurrently, she also played Darla in the 1987 comedy film “Pass The Ammo”, opposite Bill Paxton, and featured as Mary Klinglitch in the 1992 drama film “Breaking The Rules”.
Annie Potts’ next significant role came when she was cast as Dana Palladino in the CBS sitcom “Love & War”, which ran for three seasons from 1993 to 1995; for her performance, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1994.
Following the end of the series, she provided her voice to Bo Peep in the 1995 computer-animated comedy film “Toy Story”, which is considered one of the best animated films of all time. She later reprised the role in its sequels, “Toy Story 2” (1999) and “Toy Story 4” (2019).
Afterwards, she was cast as Louanne Johnson in the ABC drama series “Dangerous Minds” from 1996 to 1997. She then produced and featured as Hadley Martin in the short-lived ABC sitcom “Over The Top” (1997), alongside Tim Curry and Steve Carell. Annie earned two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Mary Elizabeth ‘M.E.’ O’Brien Sims in the Lifetime drama series “Any Day Now” from 1998 to 2002. It was followed by her appearance in the title role in the made-for-TV drama film “Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story” in 2003.
In 2004, Annie Potts had the part of Shirl in the black comedy film “Elvis Has Left The Building”, co-starring John Corbett and Kim Basinger, after which she was selected to portray Lieutenant Lucy Preston in the CBS fantasy family drama series “Joan Of Arcadia”, from 2004 to 2005. She then took the recurring role of Sophie Devere in the highly popular NBC crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2005-2009). Parallel with that, she also landed the supporting part of Mary Alice O’Donnell in the ABC comedy-drama series “Men In Trees” in 2007.
Her next major appearance was in 2012 when she played Gigi Stopper in the ABC comedy-drama series “GCB”, along with Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jennifer Aspen.
The same year, she also took the lead role of Alyson in the Hallmark Channel musical film “The Music Teacher”, directed by Ron Oliver. In 2013, she joined the cast of the ABC Family / Freeform family drama series “The Fosters”, in which she featured as Sharon Elkin until 2018. She also played Helen in the NBC medical drama series “Chicago Med” from 2015 to 2016.
Recent and Upcoming Projects
In 2016, Annie Potts featured as Ginny Maxwell in Jon Abrahams’ drama film “All At Once”, which was followed by her portrayals of Dee in the comedy film “Humor Me”, directed by Sam Hoffman, and Mary in the comedy-drama film “Izzy Gets The Fuck Across Town”, co-starring Mackenzie Davis, both films released in 2017.
The same year, she joined the main cast of the CBS coming-of-age sitcom “Young Sheldon”, in which she continues to portray Connie ‘Meemaw’ Tucker; the series is the spin-off prequel from the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” and follows the early life of Sheldon Cooper.
Besides that, she continued to work on other projects. She starred as Diane in the 2018 romantic comedy film “Happy Anniversary”, which was released on Netflix. Most recently, she did the voice-over of Edmée in the Netflix original animated series “I Heart Arlo” and its film “Arlo The Alligator Boy”, both in 2021.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Annie Potts has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 3ins (1.60m), weights around 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 33-25-3, bra size 38B, dress size 4 (US), and shoe size 7 (US).
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Annie Potts has married four times – her first husband was Steven Douglas Schwartz, and they were married from 1973 to 1978. While they were together, they suffered a terrible car accident in which he lost his leg and she lost the heel of her right foot.
Following their split, she went on to marry the famous writer, producer and director Greg Antonacci in 1978, however, their marriage was short-lived since they divorced in the following year. In 1981, she tied the knot with B. Scott Senechal, a producer and assistant director, and the same year, she gave birth to their son named Clay, but after being married for eight years, the couple parted ways. Since 2 September 1990, she’s been married to cinematographer James Hayman, and they’re the parents of two sons, James, also known as Doc, in 1992, while their second son named Harry was born in 1996.