Elizabeth Hess

Elizabeth Hess (born 17 July 1953 in Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-American actress, playwright, director and arts educator.

Elizabeth Hess
Born (1953-07-17) 17 July 1953 (age 67)
Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, playwright, Director, Arts Educator

On TV, she is best known for playing the mother Janet Darling on the long-running American sitcom Clarissa Explains It All.[1] She has also appeared on several episodes of Law & Order.

Her acting resume also includes work on-and off-Broadway, regional theater, TV, independent films and award-winning solo works that have traveled the globe. She played Renee in the Tony Award winning production of M. Butterfly.[2] She received her training from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and studied privately with acting coach Harold Guskin.

She has taught acting principally at New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham University and at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center/National Theater Institute.[3]


  1. ^ "Clarissa She's 14, Hip And Hot The Spunky Tv Teen Has Captivated Viewers And Put Orlando-based Nickelodeon Studios On The Sitcom Map". Orlando Sentinel. 22 June 1991. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Hess - IMDb". Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Hess - Biography - IMDb". Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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