Bess Armstrong

  1. Shelley Long, Cheers, TV, 1982-1987. NBC saw a whole bunch of girls for Diane including Julia Duffy, Lisa Eichhorn, Wendie Malick, Karen Valentine… Armstrong passed in order to join Tom Selleck on the High Road To China.  They crashed…
  2. Rachel Ward, Fortress, Australia, 1985.    Armstrong  beat about 130 local actresses to  the role – then lost it due to a federal government banning foreign thespians.  Sigrid Thornton was cast – and  fell pregnant.  So did the British Ward. But the film waited for her bigger name, 100% Aussie since marrying Bryan Brown.


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