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Annie Potts Finds Empty Nest Sooner than Expected

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

hollywoodnews.com: Annie Potts admits, “I was not quite prepared to have an empty nest” – but such is soon to be the case for the former “Designing Women” star, whose three boys “are just about all grown. The oldest is 29 now. The middle son is graduating this week, and the youngest is a freshman off to boarding school in the fall. My work is done.”

She adds, “The little one chose to go to boarding school. He saw the older one leaving for college and thought, ‘If he’s going, I’m going.’ I thought, ‘Oh, man. I thought had another four years,’ but I’m thrilled for his opportunity. He’s going to a fine school. I believe we have arrived at this place now where they will now take their place in the world. I do have mixed emotions about it. Nothing has been as comprehensively overwhelming as it has been to have been raising three boys and working all the while.”

Turning to the professional side of her life, however, “all options are now open,” she says. Not that things have been quiet in that regard. She recently finished a run of “God of Carnage” on Broadway and is dying to get back onstage. She stars with Drew Seeley in the Hallmark Channel in HD’s “Freshman Father” original movie, debuting tomorrow (6/5). It’s drawn from the true story of young man who somehow got through Harvard on a scholarship while caring for his baby son after the mother left the scene.

“You don’t often see movies about men who step up. It’s usually the woman who’s been left forlorn to raise children by herself. It’s refreshing to see this young boy who had so much promise, caring for his son at the same time he put himself through school. I had the pleasure of meeting the real guy. He’s quite successful, charming and sweet and you just love him for what you know he did.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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  • December 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    I was told yrs ago that Annie Potts was a child of Paul Newman or JoAnn Woodward. Is this true and if not are her parents famous or even alive? Just wondering. Thanks

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