Annie Potts

Annie Potts - Updated Mar 2023

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Updated On March 11, 2023

Annie Potts is a talented American actress. She is famous for her roles in the movies like Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, and Jumpin’ Jack Flash, as well as for a leading role in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Since 1990 she was present regularly in guest and cameo roles in the entertainment industry.

Early Life

The talented actress was born on October 28, 1952, as Anne Hampton Potts. She holds an American nationality. Her age is 69 years and her zodiac sign is Scorpio. Similarly, she was born in Nashville, Tennessee, as the younger child of her parents.

The name of her parents is Powell Grisette Potts and Dorothy Harris (née Billingslea) Potts. Annie Potts has two older sisters and their names are Mary Eleanor (Potts) Hovious and Elizabeth Grissette Potts.

They grew up in Franklin, Kentucky. She graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School in 1970 the same place where she was raised. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

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Caption: Annie Potts when she was young (Source: Geeks On Coffee)

Annie Potts – Relationship Status

Annie Potts is married four times and has had divorced thrice. Currently, her husband is James Hayman. James is a successful director and producer. They got married on 02 Sep 1990 and together they have two children.

At first, she married Steven Douglas Schwartz on 26 Aug 1973. Then, they divorced after 5 years in 1978. Potts and her Steven Hartley were once in a car accident.

The accident left several bones below her waist broken, including compound fractures to both legs, and the loss of the heel of her right foot. Also, Hartley lost his left leg. They two were on their Volkswagen bus and got hit by 2 drivers who were drag racing.

Then she tied the knot with TV actor Greg Antonacci on 21 June 1978. This marriage lasted only for two years and they left each other in 1980. Her third husband was an assistant director, B. Scott Senechal.

Their wedding was on 28 Feb 1981. Together, they had a child Clay Samuel Senechal (born in 1981). Again they got separated in 1981.

Potts is the proud mother of three sons: Clay (with third husband Scott Senechal), and two with James Hayman: James (called Doc, born in 1992), and Harry (born in 1996).

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Caption: Annie Potts with her husband and her younger son (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurement

Regarding Annie Potts’s body measurement, she is 5 feet 3 inches or 1.5 m tall. She weighs 52 kg or 165 lbs. Similarly, her body measurements are 33-25-35 inches and her bra size is 32 B.

This beautiful actress has a pair of beautiful brown eyes with grey hair. Moreover, she wears a dress size of 2 (US). Also, she has a fair complexion and is as beautiful as she was at her younger age.

Annie Potts – Career and Professional Life


Potts started her career on the big screen in 1978 in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film Corvette Summer. In her first film, she worked with Mark Hamill.

In 1980, she played the role of Edith Bedelmeyer. Edith is a woman who shared an apartment with three other women on the short-lived comedy series, Goodtime Girls.

Potts played a receptionist, Janine Melnitz in the Ghostbusters film series. Then, she achieved some fame as pragmatic interior designer Mary Jo Shively on the CBS television sitcom Designing Women (1986–1993).

She has had various roles in both television series and films. She was also present in the movie, Love & War (1993–1995).

Likewise, she also vocalized Bo Peep in the Disney and Pixar animated movies. Toy Story in 1995, Toy Story 2 in 1999, and Toy Story 4 in 2019 are some of them. Then, Potts played the role of Mary Jo Jackson Shively on the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986–1993).

Moreover, she played the role of Sophie Devere in NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2005 to 2009. Potts has worked for some audiobooks as well including the narrator and heroine of Larry McMurtry’s Telegraph Days.

Then, she was in the film version of McMurtry’s Texasville, a sequel to The Last Picture Show.

Professional life

She stepped on her another path by joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning plays God of Carnage on November 17, 2009. Potts starred as Elizabeth “Gigi” Stopper in ABC’s comedy-drama series GCB in 2012.

She says her portrayal of the character of Dixie Carter and adds, “Were she still alive, the role would have been hers and should have been”.

Potts also played a major role in the 2012 Hallmark Channel original musical movie The Music Teacher which is about a high-school music teacher who is about to lose her music school program.

In an attempt to spare the program, Daley’s former students confederate to stage a musical to boost money.

Then, in March 2013, Potts signed on for the role of the ABC comedy-drama pilot Murder in Manhattan. The movie was about a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths. She even replaced Tovah Feldshuh in the role of Pippin’s grandmother Berthe.

This marked her introduction to a Broadway musical. From the year 2017, she was a regular artist on the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon and her role was Connie “Meemaw” Tucker. Moreover, she is a member of Stephens College.

She has been instrumental in fundraising efforts for the college to this day.

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Caption: Annie Potts stage performing (Source: WAMC)


She has won some awards and has also been nominated. In the year 1978, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards in the category of the New Star of the Year- Actress. She won the Genie Awards in 1981 for her work on Heartaches.

Similarly, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1994 for her work on Love and War. Then, in 1998 and 1999, she was nominated twice for the Screen Actors Guild.

Moreover, she was nominated for the Critic’s Choice Awards for her work in “Young Sheldon” in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Social Media

Coming to the social media part, she is quite active there. She is active on Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, she has 32.7 K followers and on Twitter, she has just 7 K followers.

It seems like, she is more active on Instagram rather than on Twitter. Moreover, she often shares pictures of her work and pictures with her family. People love her work and her personality on the social media platform as well.

Annie Potts  – Net Worth 2023

She is now a successful actress and has a good net worth. She has a net worth of $8 million as of 2022. However, her exact salary is still missing. Her income source is from her profession as an actress and her collaboration with various companies as well.

In addition, she had once endorsed brands like Jolly Time Popcorn, One-A-Day, Biography Channel, Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Pop Secret Popcorn.