Tracy Pollan

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Tracy Pollan
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Pollan in 1988
Tracy Jo Pollan

(1960-06-22) June 22, 1960 (age 60)
Years active1982–present
(m. 1988)
RelativesMichael Pollan (brother)

Tracy Jo Pollan (/ˈpɒlən/; born June 22, 1960) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Ellen Reed on the sitcom Family Ties (1985–1987).

Early life[edit]

Pollan was born on Long Island, New York, the daughter of Corinne Elaine "Corky" (Staller), a magazine editor, and Stephen Michael Pollan, a financial consultant and writer.[1] She was raised in Woodbury, New York.[2] Pollan is from a Russian Jewish family and was raised in the faith.[3][4] She attended Syosset High School and later graduated from the Dalton School in Manhattan, New York.[5] She studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio and later at the Lee Strasberg Institute.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pollan was in a five-year relationship with actor Kevin Bacon in the 1980s.[7] She first met Michael J. Fox when she played the girlfriend of his character on Family Ties; they met again on the set of Bright Lights, Big City a couple of years later and began a relationship.[3] They married on July 16, 1988.[8] They have four children together.[3]


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.[9][10] The foreword was written by her brother, Michael Pollan, who is an author of several books about food.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 For Lovers Only Television film/debut
1983 Baby It's You Leslie/one of the college girls
1983 Sessions Leslie Television film
1983 Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer Eileen Grafton Television film
1984 A Good Sport Suzanne Television film
1984 The Baron and the Kid Mary Beth Phillips Television film
1986 The Little Sister Nicki Davis Television film
1987 The Abduction of Kari Swenson Kari Swenson Television film. Title role
1987 A Special Friendship Elizabeth Van Lew Television film
1987 Promised Land Mary Daley based on a true story
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Vicky Allagash
1990 Fine Things Elizabeth Kathleen 'Liz' O'Reilly Television film
1992 A Stranger Among Us Mara Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1993 Dying to Love You Lisa Ann Rohn Television film
1994 Children of the Dark Kim Harrison Television film. Based on a true story
1999 Anna Says Anna Executive producer
2003 Hench at Home Kay Hench Television film
2003 First to Die Lindsay Boxer Television film
2009 Natalee Holloway Beth Holloway Television film
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway Beth Holloway Television film


Year Title Role Notes
1984 ABC Afterschool Special Jen Robbins Episode: "The Great Love Experiment"
1985–1987 Family Ties Ellen Reed 13 episodes

(Total 15 episodes) "Season 4" Episode 1, 2, 5, 7, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24 "Season 5" Episode 29, 30

1986 American Playhouse Nicki Davis Episode: "The Little Sister"
1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts Kathleen Kennedy Miniseries
1997–1998 Spin City Renee Miller 2 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Harper Anderson Episode: "Closure"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Episode: "Closure 2"

2009 Medium Caitlyn Lynch Episode: "How to Make a Killing in Big Business"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Patricia Caruso Episode: "Traffic"
2013 The Michael J. Fox Show Kelly Episode: "Neighbor"
2016 Nightcap Herself Episode: "The Cannon"; appeared with husband Michael J. Fox


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-Stage I
1992 Jake's Women Molly (Age 21) Neil Simon Theatre


  1. ^ "Tracy Pollan Biography (1960-)". Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Lovece, Frank (15 August 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.
  3. ^ a b c Bloom, Nate (January 8, 2008). "Interfaith Celebrities: Michael J. Fox Receives Reform Award, Liev Schreiber Narrates Jewish-American". 18 Doors. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Susan Reed (1 August 1988). "Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (Archive)". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Tracy Pollan: Actress – Vol. 53 No. 18". 8 May 2000.
  6. ^ N/A (February 2010). "Tracy Pollan". Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  7. ^ Deirdre Donahue (February 24, 1986). "America's Sweethearts". Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Reed, Susan (August 1, 1988). "Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan Are True to Each Other, but This Is a Fake Photo—and Thereby Hangs a Tale". People. 30 (5). Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  9. ^ WHEN A FAMOUS FAMILY PENS A COOKBOOK at Elle Magazine; by Elyse Moody; published September 25, 2014; retrieved December 23, 2014
  10. ^ The Pollan Family's Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu at The Huffington Post; by Katie Arnold-Ratliff; published November 24, 2014; retrieved December 23, 2014
  11. ^ For the Pollans, informal dinner is a family affair at The Boston Globe; by Michael Floreak; published October 21, 2014; retrieved December 23, 2014

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