As Mary Jo Shively, Potts starred in “Designing Women” for all seven seasons. Mary Jo is the brain of the team and often has trouble keeping her sharp wit and propensity for dry rejoinders from causing trouble with acquaintances.
Potts's role in the '90s was that of Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Sims on the groundbreaking Lifetime drama "Any Day Now." Following childhood best friends as they reconnect after decades apart, the show flashed back to the two women's time growing up together in 1960s Alabama.
Potts played mother-in-law Helen to Dr. Natalie Manning, providing support and understanding. As a mother going through her own grief process, Helen did what she could so she and Natalie could cope with the reality of their loss.