Outgoing, athletic American actress Bess Armstrong attended Brown University, then headed off to New York to inaugurate a stage career. Bess and Lynnie Greene were starred in the 1977 sitcom On Our Own, one of the last comedy programs to be taped in Manhattan. Movie offers began sprouting up afterwards: The Four Seasons (1981), in which Bess was costarred with Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Jack Weston and Sandy Dennis, represents Ms. Armstrong's best screen work to date. The 1983 adventure High Road to China was intended to transform Bess and costar Tom Selleck into action-movie stars, but failed. Since that time, Bess Armstrong has made films for both theatrical and direct-to-TV release, and has costarred in a brace of television series: All is Forgiven (1986) and Married People (1990).
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Had performed in more than 100 plays by the time she graduated from Brown University.
- In 1975, made her off-off-Broadway debut in Harmony House.
- Made her film debut in Alan Alda's 1981 comedy-drama The Four Seasons.
- Plays the violin.