Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts (born October 28, 1952) is an American television and film actress.

Early life

Potts was born in Nashville, Tennessee,[1] and grew up in Franklin, Kentucky, where she graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School. She is the daughter of Powell Grisette Potts and Dorothy Harris (Billingslea) Potts and has two older sisters, Mary Eleanor (Potts) Hovious, and Elizabeth Grissette ("Dollie") Potts. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree (in theater arts) from Stephens College in Missouri.


Potts is probably best known for playing the role of Janine Melnitz in the Ghostbusters films and as Mary Jo Shiveley on the television sitcom Designing Women, but has had a wide variety of prominent roles in both television and film. Other notable roles include Mary Elizabeth (O'Brien) Sims on the Lifetime Television show Any Day Now, the voice of Little Bo Peep in the Toy Story films, a supporting role in the John Hughes's Pretty in Pink as well as guest-starring roles on such CBS television series as Magnum, P.I., Joan of Arcadia, Criminal Minds, Close to Home and Two and a Half Men.

Potts has done work on audio books, including as the narrator and heroine of Larry McMurtry's "Telegraph Days." She starred in the film version of McMurtry's Texasville, a sequel to The Last Picture Show. She made her Broadway debut upon joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage on November 17, 2009, succeeding Hope Davis in the role.[2]

Personal life

Potts is married to television director James Hayman and is the mother of three sons, Clay (born 1981), James (called Doc, born 1992), and Harry (born 1996). She is a Board Member of Stephens College, and has been instrumental in fundraising efforts for the college for many years. Potts is currently a visiting professor of Drama at the school.






  1. Allport, Brandy Hilboldt (2006-10-28). "A.M.Stir". The Florida Times-Union. 
  2. Potts's Broadway debut

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