Carol Potter
Carol Potter 2008.jpg
Carol Potter in 2008
Born (1948-05-21) May 21, 1948 (age 74)
Alma materRadcliffe College
Years active1968–⁠present
Spencer Eastman
(m. 1985⁠–⁠1988)

Jeffrey Josephson
(m. 1990)

Carol Potter (born May 21, 1948) is an American actress best known for playing Cindy Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210.[1]

Life and career

Potter was born in New York City, New York, and attended high school in Tenafly, New Jersey,[2] and went on to attend Radcliffe College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in social relations.[3] In 1977, she made her Broadway theatre debut in Albert Innaurato's play Gemini, which went on to become the fifth-longest running non-musical play in Broadway history.[4]

Potter had her first role as a regular in a prime time television series in 1981, playing Maggie Clinton on Today's F.B.I. In 1985, she married screenwriter Spencer Eastman, and their son Christopher was born in 1987.[2] Three months later, Eastman was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he died in 1988. Potter married for a second time to actor Jeffrey Josephson in October 1990, the same month Beverly Hills 90210 made its television debut.

She was a regular on Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995. In 1997, she was cast in NBC's Sunset Beach as Joan Cummings. She has also guest starred on many shows including NYPD Blue, JAG, Crossing Jordan and Providence. In 2019, Potter returned to the 90210 franchise in the spin off BH90210, where she played a version of herself as a therapist for the cast.

She also appeared on a special "TV Moms" episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link, in which she won $124,000 for her charity, beating June Lockhart.


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Doctors Betsy Match
1978 Annie Flynn C.C.
1979 One Life to Live Beverly Wilkes
1982 The Neighborhood Sue Bernhardt
1981-1982 Today's F.B.I. Maggie Clinton 17 episodes
1984 Her Life as a Man Elaine
1986 L.A. Law Mrs. Simmons Episode: "The Princess and the Wiener King"
1987 Dutch Treat Betsy Winters
1987 Highway to Heaven Janet Markham Episode: "Wally"
1994-1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Mrs. Hart Episodes: "Return of an Old Friend, Parts 1 & 2" & "A Brush With Destiny"
1995 Burke's Law Emily Simmons Episode: "Who Killed the Movie Mogul?"
1990-1995, 98 Beverly Hills, 90210 Cindy Walsh 144 episodes
1996 Tiger Heart Cynthia
1997 The Burning Zone Mrs. Mason Episode: "The Last Five Pounds Are the Hardest"
1997-1999 Sunset Beach Joan Cummings 134 episodes
2001 Providence Karen Ashworth Episode: "Rocky Road"
2001 NYPD Blue Christine Beck Episode: "Mom's Away"
2003 Crossing Jordan Leslie Winton Episode: "Cruel & Unusual"
2004 JAG Hearing officer Episode: "Retrial"
2009 Silent Sam Uniform Cops on Overpass
2009 Greek Paula Baker Episode: "See You Next Time, Sisters!"
2019 BH90210 ”Herself”


  1. ^ "Carol Potter biography". The Biography Channel. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Carter, Claire (April 5, 1992). "The actress Carol Potter had met the man of her dreams and was on top of the world. Then ... 'In One Second, Everything Changed'". The Houston Chronicle. p. 4.
  3. ^ Carol Potter | LinkedIn
  4. ^ "Helen Hayes Theatre (Broadway)". Playbill: Theatre information. Playbill, Inc. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2006.