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American actress
Tracy Pollan

Pollan in 1987
Tracy Jo Pollan

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Long Island, New York, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Michael J Fox

(m 1988)

Children 4
Relatives Michael Pollan (brother)

Tracy Jo Pollan is an American actress She is best known for her role as Ellen Reed on the sitcom Family Ties (1985–1987)

Early life

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 She was raised in Woodbury, New York Pollan is from a Russian Jewish family and was raised in the faith She attended Syosset High School and later graduated from the Dalton School in Manhattan, New York She studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio and later at the Lee Strasberg Institute

Personal life

Pollan with Michael J Fox at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards in August 1988 shortly after they were married

Pollan was in a five-year relationship with actor Kevin Bacon in the 1980s She first met Michael J Fox when she played the girlfriend of his character on Family Ties; they worked together again on the set of Bright Lights, Big City a couple of years later and began a relationship They married on July 16, 1988 They have four children together; a son Sam, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, and a daughter Esmé Annabelle


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 The foreword was written by her brother, Michael Pollan, who is an author of several books about socio-cultural impacts of food



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
2020 Goodbye, Jonathan! Barbara Episode: “The Creator”
2022 Inventing Anna Sherry Reed Episode 4: “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-Stage I
1992 Jake’s Women Molly (Age 21) Neil Simon Theatre

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