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Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1953
SpouseJohn Fiedler (m. 1985), Chris Carreras (m. 1983–1984)
FactShe and producer-husband John Fiedler had three children: Lucy, Luke and Samuel. Daughter Lucy Chase Fiedler was born severely disabled on July 22, 1986. Lucy died six months later, on January 8, 1987. Son Luke Allen Fiedler was born on January 14, 1988, and son Samuel Chase Fiedler was born on June 16, 1991.

Bess Armstrong (born December 11, 1953) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Susan Lawrence in My So-Called Life, Jules Cobb in Cougar Town, Polly Cooper in The O.C., and Sarah Wyndham-Price in Scandal.

Armstrong was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Louise Allenby, a homemaker, and Henry Breckinridge Armstrong, an advertising executive. She has a younger sister, Lucy. Armstrong attended the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and graduated from Brown University in 1976 with a degree in theater arts.

Armstrong’s first acting role was as a child on the television series The Brady Bunch. She went on to guest star on such shows as The Waltons, Family, and The Love Boat. In 1983, she starred in the short-lived NBC primetime soap opera Bare Essence as young businesswoman Genie Francis.

From 1994 to 1995, Armstrong played the role of Susan Lawrence on the ABC teenage drama My So-Called Life. She later guest-starred on an episode of Freaks and Geeks and had a recurring role as Jules Cobb’s mother in the ABC comedy series Cougar Town.

From 2003 to 2007, Armstrong played the role of Polly Cooper on the Fox teen drama series The O.C.. She also had a recurring role as Sarah Wyndham-Price on the ABC political thriller series Scandal from 2012 to 2013.

Armstrong has been married to actor Bruce Boxleitner since 1986. They have two sons, Michael and Sam.

Armstrong has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameBess Armstrong
Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1953
ProfessionActor, Violinist
EducationBryn Mawr School, Brown University


SpouseJohn Fiedler (m. 1985), Chris Carreras (m. 1983–1984)
ChildrenLucy Chase Fiedler, Luke Allen Fiedler, Samuel Chase Fiedler
ParentsAlexander Armstrong, Louise Parlange


MoviesJaws 3-D, High Road to China, Nothing in Common, Pecker, Dream Lover, That Darn Cat, Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again, Diamond Men, The Four Seasons, Second Sight, The Skateboard Kid, Forever Love, 11th Victim, Christmas Every Day, Lace, This Girl for Hire, Forgotten Sins, Take Me Home Again, Stole...
TV ShowsHouse of Lies, That Was Then, My So-Called Life, All Is Forgiven, On Our Own, Married People

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1[1983 comment on Tom Selleck] He is gorgeous, and he has some real power now, but he doesn't use that, or his charm, to exploit women. He genuinely seems to like women. For an actor, that's rare.


1Nicknamed "Precious Poodle" by Mary Kay Place during the filming of the TV series My So-Called Life (1994).
2She and producer-husband John Fiedler had three children: Lucy, Luke and Samuel. Daughter Lucy Chase Fiedler was born severely disabled on July 22, 1986. Lucy died six months later, on January 8, 1987. Son Luke Allen Fiedler was born on January 14, 1988, and son Samuel Chase Fiedler was born on June 16, 1991.
3Born and raised in Baltimore, she inherited a love of theater and music from her parents. Everyone in the family played instruments and acted in school and/or community theatre productions. Her parents were teachers in her schools and her father, an English teacher, also directed the school plays, where Bess got her start in acting.
4At Brown University, she majored in classics as well as theater arts. By the end of her four years she had acted in, directed or choreographed more than 50 plays, both at school and in various professional summer stock companies around New England.
5She's the daughter of two teachers.
6Acted in over 100 plays at Brown University and the Bryn Mawr School for Girls.
7Graduated with a degree in Latin and Theater from Brown University.
8Is an accomplished violinist.




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Criminal Minds2009TV SeriesSheila Hawkes
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Good Morning, Miami2002TV SeriesLouise Messinger
That Was Then2002TV SeriesMickey Glass
Her Best Friend's Husband2002TV MovieMandy Roberts
Diamond Men2000Katie Harnish
When It Clicks1998ShortBetsy Cummings
Forever Love1998TV MovieGail
Pecker1998Dr. Klompus
The Nanny1994-1998TV SeriesSara Sheffield
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesMary Gibson
Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal1998TV SeriesNoreen Hanley
That Darn Cat1997Judy Randall
Christmas Every Day1996TV MovieMolly Jackson
She Cried No1996TV MovieDenise Connell
The Perfect Daughter1996TV MovieJill Michaelson
Forgotten Sins1996TV MovieRoberta 'Bobbie' Bradshaw
Mixed Blessings1995TV MoviePilar Graham Coleman
Stolen Innocence1995TV MovieBecky Sapp
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal1995TV MovieBarbara Pope
My So-Called Life1994-1995TV SeriesPatty Chase
Take Me Home Again1994TV MovieConnie
Serial Mom1994Eugene Sutphin's Nurse (uncredited)
The Skateboard Kid1993Maggie
Dream Lover1993Elaine
Batman: The Animated Series1993TV SeriesClio
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesErma
Married People1990-1991TV SeriesElizabeth Meyers
Second Sight1989Sister Elizabeth
Mother, Mother1989ShortKate Watson
Nothing in Common1986Donna Mildred Martin
All Is Forgiven1986TV SeriesPaula Winters Russell
The House of God1984Cissy Anderson
Lace1984TV Mini-SeriesJudy Hale
This Girl for Hire1983TV MovieB.T. Brady
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High Road to China1983Eve
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again1982Mary Carew
Barefoot in the Park1982TV MovieCorie Bratter
The Four Seasons1981Ginny Newley (Callan)
The Great Space Coaster1981TV SeriesNewswoman (1981)
11th Victim1979TV MovieJill Kelso
Walking Through the Fire1979TV MovieLaurel Lee
$weepstake$1979TV Series
How to Pick Up Girls!1978TV MovieSally Claybrook
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesLaura Stanton
Getting Married1978TV MovieKristine Lawrence
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My So-Called Life: Angela2007Video documentary short special thanks
My So-Called Life: The Chase Family2007Video documentary short special thanks
My So-Called Life: The Friends2007Video documentary short special thanks


My So-Called Life: The Chase Family2007Video documentary shortHerself - Patty Chase
My So-Called Life: The Friends2007Video documentary shortHerself - Patty Chase
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-star, High Road to China
The Making of 'Jaws 3-D': Sharks Don't Die1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1978TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress
CBS Galaxy1977TV SpecialHerself - Guest


Nominated Awards

1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressHigh Road to China (1983)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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