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Also Known As: Elizabeth Key Armstrong Died:
Born: December 11, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor

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Fresh-faced, all-American performer with strong stage experience. Armstrong was sympathetic as the new wife whose presence disrupts the harmony of a close-knit group of friends in Alan Alda's "middle ages" comedy, "The Four Seasons" (1981). She also appeared in the hit TV miniseries "Lace" (1984) as Judy Hale, a magazine publisher and one of the three women Phoebe Cates rounds up in her quest for her mother. Armstrong's film work of the same period includes a starring role in the flat "Jaws 3-D" (1983), playing Tom Hanks' ex-girlfriend in the comedy "Nothing in Common" (1986) and Elaine in "Dream Lover" (1994).Armstrong turned up in ABC's groundbreaking one-hour dramatic series "My So-Called Life" (1994-95) as the well-meaning but controlling mother of a l5-year-old girl going through adolescence. Armstrong brought a certain edgy vulnerability to her character, a strong woman hitting 40, feeling insecure about her fading youth and her family's devotion to her.

Fresh-faced, all-American performer with strong stage experience. Armstrong was sympathetic as the new wife whose presence disrupts the harmony of a close-knit group of friends in Alan Alda's "middle ages" comedy, "The Four Seasons" (1981). She also appeared in the hit TV miniseries "Lace" (1984) as Judy Hale, a magazine publisher and one of the three women Phoebe Cates rounds up in her quest for her mother. Armstrong's film work of the same period includes a starring role in the flat "Jaws 3-D" (1983), playing Tom Hanks' ex-girlfriend in the comedy "Nothing in Common" (1986) and Elaine in "Dream Lover" (1994).

Armstrong turned up in ABC's groundbreaking one-hour dramatic series "My So-Called Life" (1994-95) as the well-meaning but controlling mother of a l5-year-old girl going through adolescence. Armstrong brought a certain edgy vulnerability to her character, a strong woman hitting 40, feeling insecure about her fading youth and her family's devotion to her.

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Her Best Friend's Husband (2002) Mandy Roberts
3.
 Diamond Men (2000) Katie Harnish
4.
 Pecker (1998) Dr Deborah Klompus
5.
 Forever Love (1998) Gail
6.
 That Darn Cat (1997) Judy Randall
7.
 Forgotten Sins (1996) Roberta Bradshaw
8.
 She Cried No (1996) Denise Connell
9.
 Perfect Daughter, The (1996) Jill Michaelson
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1975:
Off-off Broadway debut, "Harmony House"
1977:
Played Julia Peters, one of the program's two leads, on debut as series regular, the CBS sitcom, "On Our Own"
1978:
TV-movie debut, starring opposite Richard Thomas in "Getting Married" (CBS)
1979:
Played a mother-to-be battling Hodgkin's Disease in the fact-based CBS movie "Walking Through the Fire"
1979:
Made screen acting debut in "The House of God"
1981:
Featured in Alan Alda's directorial debut "The Four Seasons"
1982:
Starred with Richard Thomas in the HBO adaptation of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park"
1983:
Acted in the campy horror sequel "Jaws 3-D" and starred with Tom Selleck in the adventure "High Road to China"
1984:
Played magazine publisher Judy Hale, one of three women Phoebe Cates' revenge bent Lili suspects to be her neglectful mother in the popular miniseries "Lace" (ABC)
1986:
Starred on the NBC sitcom "All Is Forgiven" as a woman struggling to deal with her new marriage, disagreeable teenage stepdaughter and job as a soap opera producer
1986:
Featured in the Garry Marshall comedy-drama "Nothing in Common"
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Starred on the ABC sitcom "Married People"
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Played role of Patty Chase, mother of protagonist Angela, on the ABC drama series "My So-Called Life"
1995:
Featured in the TV-movies "She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal" (ABC), "Stolen Innocence" (CBS) and "Danielle Steel's 'Mixed Blessings'" (NBC)
1996:
Racked up more TV-movie credits in "Forgotten Sins" (ABC), "She Cried No" (NBC), "The Perfect Daughter" (USA Network) and "Christmas Every Day" (Family Channel)
1997:
Played Christina Ricci's mother in the children's adventure "That Darn Cat"
1998:
Had guest roles on the CBS series "Touched By an Angel" and "The Nanny", playing the ghost of the deceased wife of male lead Maxwell Sheffield in the latter
1998:
Starred in the CBS TV-movie "Forever Love" as a widow who joins the family of her comatose best friend, dealing with the awkwardness when the woman awakes twenty years later
1998:
Acted in John Waters' comedy "Pecker"
2000:
Featured in the independent drama "Diamond Men"
2002:
Co-starred in the ABC series "That Was Then"
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Education

Bryn Mawr School for Girls: Bryn Mawr , Pennsylvania -
Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1975
Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1975

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husband:
John Fiedler. Producer, film executive.

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father:
Alexander Armstrong. Teacher.
mother:
Louise Armstrong. Teacher.
daughter:
Lucy Chase Fiedler. Born severely disabled on July 22, 1986; died six months later on January 8, 1987.
son:
Luke Allen Fiedler. Born on January 14, 1988.
son:
Samuel Chase Fiedler. Born on June 16, 1991.
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