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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 28, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, set designer, costume designer

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Annie Potts' unique voice and quirky personality made her a natural fit for roles that called for colorful, experienced, definitely quirky women. Potts first burst onto the scene as the sassy, quick-witted secretary in the international phenomenon "Ghostbusters" (1984). It was a role that she would reprise in the successful 1989 sequel and a later video game. Potts possessed a natural gift for playing slightly off-the-wall characters with big hearts; similar to the surrogate mother roles she essayed in the John Hughes Gen-X classic "Pretty in Pink" (1986) opposite Molly Ringwald, and on the critically acclaimed television version of the feature film "Dangerous Minds" (ABC, 1996-97). But it was her turn as a sarcastic yet struggling interior designer on the Southern-flavored sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993) that made Potts a household name. The actress endured numerous career setbacks throughout her run, whether canceled TV pilots or short-lived sitcoms, but she was always exceedingly employable because there were very few comic actresses able to steal scenes in such a unique fashion. Simply put, if she had done nothing else but "Designing Women," her immortality would have been assured, but...

Annie Potts' unique voice and quirky personality made her a natural fit for roles that called for colorful, experienced, definitely quirky women. Potts first burst onto the scene as the sassy, quick-witted secretary in the international phenomenon "Ghostbusters" (1984). It was a role that she would reprise in the successful 1989 sequel and a later video game. Potts possessed a natural gift for playing slightly off-the-wall characters with big hearts; similar to the surrogate mother roles she essayed in the John Hughes Gen-X classic "Pretty in Pink" (1986) opposite Molly Ringwald, and on the critically acclaimed television version of the feature film "Dangerous Minds" (ABC, 1996-97). But it was her turn as a sarcastic yet struggling interior designer on the Southern-flavored sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993) that made Potts a household name. The actress endured numerous career setbacks throughout her run, whether canceled TV pilots or short-lived sitcoms, but she was always exceedingly employable because there were very few comic actresses able to steal scenes in such a unique fashion. Simply put, if she had done nothing else but "Designing Women," her immortality would have been assured, but luckily she brought to life memorable comedic performances in a series of film classics as well.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Freshman Father (2010)
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 Queen Sized (2008)
6.
 Toy Story 2 (1999) Voice Of Bo Peep
7.
 Her Deadly Rival (1995) Kris Landsford
8.
 Toy Story (1995) Voice Of Bo Peep
9.
 Breaking the Rules (1992) Mary Klingsmith
10.
 Texasville (1990) Karla Jackson
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Grew up in Franklin, KY; Nashville, where she was born, was the location of the nearest hospital
1964:
Amateur stage debut in "Heidi" at age 12 (date approximate)
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Worked in summer stock theater
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Was struck by an automobile whose driver was drunk; suffered two broken legs and was left with traumatic arthritis
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Worked for a time at the Community Theater of Santa Fe, NM where she was involved in costume and set design while recuperating from her injuries
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Moved to Los Angeles
1976:
Toured with stage production of "Charley's Aunt," starring Roddy McDowall, Vincent Price, and Coral Browne
1977:
TV debut in a special, the busted pilot for "Hollywood High" (NBC)
1977:
TV-movie debut, "Black Market Baby" (ABC)
1978:
Feature film debut, "Corvette Summer"; also marked first leading role in films
1983:
Delivered memorable supporting turn as the secretary to the "Ghostbusters"
1986:
Portrayed Mary Jo Shively, a partner in the design firm on the popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Designing Women"
1986:
Landed small but memorable role as Molly Ringwald's advice-giving friend in "Pretty in Pink"
1989:
Reprised role in "Ghostbusters II"
1990:
Delivered a strong supporting turn as Jeff Bridges' unhappy wife in "Texasville," the sequel to "The Last Picture Show"
1993:
Joined the cast of the CBS sitcom "Love & War," replacing Susan Dey as the series' female lead; played Dana Palladino until show's cancellation
1995:
Provided the voice of Bo Peep in the computer animated hit "Toy Story"
1996:
Returned to series TV playing LouAnne Johnson on ABC drama series "Dangerous Minds," based on the 1995 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer
1997:
Cast opposite Tim Curry on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Over the Top"
1998:
Undertook another TV series. the Lifetime original drama "Any Day Now"; played Mary Elizabeth Sims, a Southern woman who reconnects with her childhood friend, a black woman now a high-powered attorney
1999:
Again voiced Bo Peep for the animated sequel "Toy Story 2"
2000:
Made New York stage debut in "The Vagina Monologues" (April)
2004:
Landed recurring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS)
2007:
Had a multi-episode arc on ABC's "Men in Trees"
2008:
Played an overweight girl's mother in Lifetime movie "Queen Sized"
2011:
Cast in Lifetime's breast cancer anthology "Five"
2012:
Co-starred on ABC comedy-drama series "GCB"
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Education

Stephens College: Columbia , Missouri -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -

Notes

Referring to Potts's first appearance upon joining the cast of "Love and War" in its second season, Eric Mink of the Daily News (September 20, 1993) wrote: "But then, something miraculous happens: Annie Potts, playing a new character, Dana Palladino, walks through the restaurant's door, and the show is transformed. Potts might as well be brandishing thunderbolts. She walks on the set, and the place becomes electric. Snappy dialogue fills the air. Confrontations between Palladino and Stein (Jay Thomas) crackle with smart, sassy energy. And Potts infuses the show with the kind of sexual tension that writer-producer Diane English has always talked about but had not been able to deliver."

"When people ask me about 'Designing Women' now, I feel how James Taylor must feel when he has to play 'Fire and Rain' again. To tell the truth, I've moved on." --Annie Potts to Entertainment Weekly, September 3, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Steven Hartley. Married in 1973; divorced in 1978.
husband:
Scott Senechal. Assistant director. Second husband; married in 1980; divorced in 1989.
husband:
James Hayman. Director, producer, cinematographer. Born c. 1953; third husband; married in 1990.

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son:
Clay Samuel Senechal. Born on April 29, 1981.
son:
James Powell Hayman. Born on May 25, 1992; father, James Hayman.
son:
Isaac Harris Hayman. Born December 27, 1995; father, James Hayman.

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