Tracy Pollan

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Tracy Pollan
Pollan at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1987.
Tracy Jo Pollan

(1960-06-22) June 22, 1960 (age 63)
Long Island, New York, US
  • Actress
  • author
Years active1980–present
(m. 1988)
RelativesMichael Pollan (brother)

Tracy Jo Pollan Fox (born June 22, 1960[1]) is an American actress and author. She is known for playing Ellen Reed on the NBC sitcom Family Ties (1985–1987) and Harper Anderson on the crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2000), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Pollan married actor and activist Michael J. Fox in 1988, and has since occasionally acted. In film, she has starred in the dramas Baby It's You (1983) and Promised Land (1987), the tragedy Bright Lights, Big City (1988) and the crime drama A Stranger Among Us (1992). Her other television credits include two episodes of Spin City (1997–1998) and TV films such as First to Die (2003), Natalee Holloway (2009) and Justice for Natalee Holloway (2011).

Early life[edit]

Pollan was born to a Jewish family on June 22, 1960[1][2] on Long Island.[3] Her parents are Corky and Stephen Pollan, and she has a brother, Michael.[4][5][6] She attended Syosset High School, and graduated from the Dalton School in Manhattan, New York. She studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Pollan with husband Michael J. Fox at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1988.

Pollan met Michael J. Fox while working on Family Ties, and after beginning a relationship during the production of Bright Lights, Big City, they married on July 16, 1988.[9][10][11] She then lessened her acting workload to focus on her marriage and family.[12] They have four children together: a son, Sam; twin daughters, Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances; and a daughter, Esmé Annabelle.[13][14] They reside in Manhattan.[15]


In October 2014, Pollan, along with her two sisters and mother, co-authored The Pollan Family Table, a cookbook of family recipes, kitchen tips and cooking techniques.[16][17] The foreword was written by her brother, Michael.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Baby It's You Leslie
1987 Promised Land Mary Daley
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Vicky Allagash
1992 A Stranger Among Us Mara


Year Title Role Notes
1982 For Lovers Only Television film
1983 Sessions Leslie
Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer Eileen Grafton
1984 A Good Sport Suzanne
The Baron and the Kid Mary Beth Phillips
ABC Afterschool Special Jen Robbins Episode: "The Great Love Experiment"
1986 The Little Sister Nicki Davis Television film
1985–1987 Family Ties Ellen Reed Recurring role
1986 American Playhouse Nicki Davis Episode: "The Little Sister"
1987 The Abduction of Kari Swenson Kari Swenson Television film
A Special Friendship Elizabeth Van Lew
1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts Kathleen Kennedy Miniseries; main role
Fine Things Elizabeth Kathleen "Liz" O'Reilly Television film
1993 Dying to Love You Lisa Ann Rohn
1994 Children of the Dark Kim Harrison
1997–1998 Spin City Renee Miller 2 episodes
1999 Anna Says Anna Television pilot; also executive producer
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Harper Anderson Episodes: "Closure" and "Closure, Part 2"
2003 Hench at Home Kay Hench Television film
First to Die Lindsay Boxer
2009 Medium Caitlyn Lynch Episode: "How to Make a Killing in Big Business"
Natalee Holloway Beth Holloway Television film
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Patricia Caruso Episode: "Traffic"
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway Beth Holloway Television film
2013 The Michael J. Fox Show Kelly Episode: "Neighbor"
2016 Nightcap Herself Episode: "The Cannon"
2020 Goodbye, Jonathan! Barbara Episode: "The Creator"
2022 Inventing Anna Sherry Reed Episode: "A Wolf in Chic Clothing"


Year Title Role Notes
1980–1981 Album Peggy Cherry Lane Theatre
1985 Pack of Lies Julie Jackson Royale Theatre
1988 Woman in Mind Lucy New York City Center
1992 Jake's Women Molly (age 21) Neil Simon Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations received by Tracy Pollan
Award Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Golden Raspberry Awards 1993 Worst Supporting Actress A Stranger Among Us Nominated [19]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nominated [20]


  1. ^ a b Wenger, Stephanie (June 22, 2023). "Michael J. Fox Calls Wife Tracy Pollan His 'Forever Summer Girl' as He Celebrates Her 63rd Birthday". People.
  2. ^ "Tracy Pollan". TV Insider. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  3. ^ Lovece, Frank (August 15, 2012). "Michael J. Fox prepares for new show about his life". Newsday. Long Island, New York. Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Stephen Pollan Obituary". New York Times.
  5. ^ Bloom, Nate (January 8, 2008). "Interfaith Celebrities: Michael J. Fox Receives Reform Award, Liev Schreiber Narrates Jewish-American". 18 Doors. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Helen Wagenvoord (May 2, 2004). "The High Price of Cheap Food". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  7. ^ "Tracy Pollan: Actress – Vol. 53 No. 18". May 8, 2000. Archived from the original on May 20, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Tracy Pollan". February 2010. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Reed, Susan (August 1, 1988). "Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (Archive)". Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Michael J. Fox". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Michael J. Fox Fell for His Wife When She Called Him a F**king A**hole". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  12. ^ "MOTHERHOOD ROLE JUST `FINE` WITH TRACY POLLAN". Chicago Tribune. October 14, 1990. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  13. ^ O'Brien, Kristen; Vasquez, Ingrid. "Michael J. Fox Reflects on 34-Year Marriage to Tracy Pollan: 'Anything Good That We Do Comes from Her'". People. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  14. ^ Singh, Olivia. "Everything to know about Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan's 4 kids". Business Insider. Retrieved April 29, 2024.
  15. ^ Kornbluth, Jesse (December 1, 2012). "Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan's Refined Manhattan Home". Architectural Digest. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  16. ^ Moody, Elyse (September 25, 2014). "When a Famous Family Pens a Cookbook". ELLE. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  17. ^ "6 Mouth-Watering Recipes You Should Definitely Try This Thanksgiving". HuffPost. November 24, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  18. ^ Floreak, Michael (October 21, 2014). "For the Pollans, informal dinner is a family affair". Archived from the original on December 23, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  19. ^ Wilson, John (August 23, 2000). "Ceremonies Presented at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Oscar Room, March 28, 1993". Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  20. ^ "Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series Nominees / Winners 2000". Television Academy. Retrieved April 29, 2024.

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