Bess Motta

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Bess Motta
Born (1958-02-10) February 10, 1958 (age 57)
Woodland Hills, California

Bess Motta (born February 10, 1958) is an American actress, singer, choreographer, and exercise demonstrator who appeared in the Canadian produced television series, The :20 Minute Workout[1] which aired for two seasons in 1983 and 1984.


Motta was born in Woodland Hills, California. She has been credited with putting TV aerobics on the map, and has been called the "Aerobics queen of the 1980s", having become a fitness advocate after returning from England 30 pounds overweight.[2]

Later, she played Rita, a friendly and bubbly waitress in a mansion's diner (kitchen) on the syndicated show, the New Monkees in 1987.[3] She was also featured in The Terminator, playing Linda Hamilton's roommate, Ginger Ventura, in 1984. She also appeared in the first few seasons of The Home Show.

Bess gave an interview to The Terminator Fans website in August 2010[4] in which she confirms that she has attended the occasional ComicCon event (Burbank and Chicago in 2010). She kept both a Twitter feed[5] and a Facebook page,[6] although the Twitter feed's last entry at time of updating was Feb. 2013. Bess' Facebook page is regularly updated but there is no suggestion of what she does day-to-day now.

On December 3, 2014 Bess appeared on Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1986). Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials: 1974-1984. Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG. pp. 427. ISBN 978-0-918432-61-2. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  2. ^ Jeff Meyers. "The Bess Show in Town: Former Aerobics Star Dances to the Big Screen by Exercising Options". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 21, 1986.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Bess Motta Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
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