Bess Armstrong Movies and Career Information

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Dec 11, 1953

Elizabeth Key "Bess" Armstrong (born December 11, 1953) is an American film and television actress. Armstrong was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Louise Allen (née Parlange), who taught at Bryn Mawr, and Alexander Armstrong, an English teacher at the Gilman School. She attended the Bryn Mawr School for Girls and Brown University, from which she graduated with degrees in Latin and Theater (studying acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh). While at Bryn Mawr and Brown, Armstrong appeared in over one hundred stage plays. Armstrong's professional acting career began in 1975 with the Off-Off Broadway debut, Harmony House. In 1977, Armstrong made her television debut as Julia Peters on the CBS sitcom, On Our Own. In 1978 Armstrong starred opposite Richard Thomas in her first TV-movie Getting Married. This was followed by her first film on the big screen, The House of God in 1979. Armstrong continued to make several films for both the big and small screens in the 1980s, her highest profile movie in this era probably being Jaws 3-D. Notably, she appeared as the sympathetic new wife, Ginny Newley, in Alan Alda's comedy, The Four Seasons in 1981 and in 1984, she appeared in the

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