ELIZABETH L. NORMENT
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ELIZABETH LARRABEE NORMENT  
On October 13, 2014, of cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Born December 31, 1952, Elizabeth was a graduate of Sidwell Friends School. She attended the University of Chicago, graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from Yale University. A stage and screen actor, she spent several seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and most recently appeared in "House of Cards". Survived by her mother, Nancy Norment McCabe; sisters, Sarah Norment Pasqualone, M.D. (Ernie), Kirtland, OH, Katherine Baker Norment (Joe LaManna), Kingston, NY, Martha Norment Connel (Kevin), Portland, OR; brother, Clarence F. Norment IV (Mary Elisa), Potomac, MD and six nieces and nephews. Interment private. Celebration of her remarkable Life will be at a later date.


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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 26, 2014.
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November 10, 2014
My "Harmony Sister." That's what we always called each other. I only just learned, somehow, of Elizabeth's passing FOUR WEEKS LATER! today, from Walt Jones, who directed us together in Neil Simon's "Fools" @ Alaska Rep. in 1982. We were roommates on our fantastic 3-month tour of the state. I got my Equity card thereby; she was a few years out of Yale Drama School. We kept up our so-special-to-me friendship for 32 years, seeing each other quite often and exchanging emails ... I was lucky enough to see her perform, after Alaska, in "Cloud 9" O-Bway; playing the lead in "Wit" @ Milwaukee Rep. in 2000; in a Lanford Wilson in Philly, mid-1980s; and in many TV/film roles. She generously tended to give me tickets to B'way shows she was understudying ... We kept going to shows and museums together right up to the present time ...

Elizabeth was a ... I can't find the words. SO talented. SO smart. - Such an inspiration. SUCH A BRIIIIIIILLIANT, sparkling sense of humor. A private person, so ...thus, I hadn't even known she was ill. (I just can't believe that ...)

I am just devastated right now.

Rest in such BEAUTIFULLY-earned peace now, you angel. Clarence, Kate ... the Norment family. I send you so many loving thoughts. We all were SO lucky yo have had her in our lives. What a loss. Thank you, smart, special "OK-Excellent" (that was our watchword) Harmony Sister.

Love,
Virg & Midlantic Theatre Co.
Renaissance Newark
Virginia Hammer
November 4, 2014
I was at Cornell with Liz where we had fun together in a Moliere production. I've been so happy to observe her success and it's deeply saddening to hear of her passing. I extend my most sincere sympathy to the Norment family.
Julia Karlson-Waid
November 2, 2014
Elizabeth and I crossed paths in the theatre world. It was my great pleasure to see her work in several productions. She always inspired me with her inestimable depth of craft and artistic commitment. I knew from the get that she was a stand up lady in her art and life.

Having lost a sister, I know too keenly that loss that remains. My deepest sympathies go out to all her loved ones.
Marcia Brannock
October 31, 2014
Elizabeth was a jewel. My partner and I became friends with her through her several appearances at the Milwaukee Rep theatre. She was a powerful performer and a kind,engaging person off stage. We will cherish the times she spent with us having dinner in our home with our family. We have two boys, age 4 & 5; she was so supportive. When Elizabeth went back to New York, she wrote letters to the boys to teach and encourage them about good old fashioned personal letter writing. We are very sad at her passing and send you our deepest sympathy. Elizabeth was extraordinary! -Wayne White and Kevin McElroy (Milwaukee).
October 30, 2014
After all these years, in my random learning of your successes as an actress today, I also learned of your death. On my lunch break, again a "temp" in an office, I hurtled back to our days of friendship and common experience as "just for now" secretaries at GD&C. I remembered our treks to Weight Watchers, the intake person skeptical that we needed to be there at all, and sitting behind you at YMCA aerobics, impressed by how beautiful you were, straight and strong and lovely; when I shared my impressions, you were surprised. I remember your wondering if that little mole near your mouth should be removed ("No no no" voted I), and that once you very thoughtfully asked about marriage, whether it was a worthy pursuit. I think, essentially, that my response was positive, although in truth, my only marriage did not turn out well. Dear Elizabeth Norment, for our brief time of sharing, for the beautiful soul these tributes show you to have remained, I add my own tribute, with love, and with sadness, and with heartfelt hope that you have found beauty in the mysteries of what comes next. When it comes for me, I hope that we may realize at least one more moment of kind connection. Peace eternal.
Marion Deegan
October 30, 2014
Dear Liz's family,
I so wish that I had been here the weekend late this summer when Kate and Liz came up to Ithaca. Liz and I had had several"almost" reunions over the last couple of years and I will so relish the weekend Vicky and I went to see her in the Berkshire's in her incredible role as Eleanor. I also still vividly remember her in Sidwell Friend's production of The Importance of Being Earnest (c.1970)!!
Please accept my deepest sympathy as this incredibly sad time. What an amazing woman!
Sarah Adams
Sarah Adams
October 29, 2014
So sorry to hear of Elizabeth's death. I worked with her in Los Angeles and knew her to be a terrific person with a wonderful spirit. I was so pleased to see her reach her goals in theatre. My prayers for all of her family at her passing. Elizabeth will not be forgotten.
Louise Stone
October 29, 2014
Elizabeth's Christmas Card
Elizabeth was a giver. We will miss her warmth and humor. RIP my dear friend
Bryan & Courtney
October 29, 2014
The last time I saw Liz -- what we called Elizabeth when she & I attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. -- was in NYC when Liz had just come from Alaska Rep cast in 'Cloud 9' Off-Broadway, which the P.R. office I was working in at the time handled press for. A chance meeting at a party in actor Larry Miller's apartment. Liz was young, vibrant, a budding career in her future. She will surely be missed by her long ago friends from D.C. who never forget her talent, her theatre friends over a career that spanned both distance & time. Blessings to Elizabeth's family during this incredibly difficult time.
Mari (Hildenbrand) Thompson
October 29, 2014
Condolences to Kate and the rest of the Norment family. A truly remarkable and talented woman and I was very fortunate to have known her for the brief time I did.
Eric Menyuk
October 29, 2014
I had the supreme pleasure of having Elizabeth play my mom in "Third" at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. I was blown away at our first rehearsal by her immense talent--working with her was like attending a master class every day. But as the days passed, I got to know about Elizabeth's deep intelligence, generous sense of humor, and intolerance of injustice. I got to meet many of her wonderful family members at the show and heard often of her love for them in while we prepared in our dressing room, which was decorated in drawings made by her nieces. I am sending my thoughts, prayers, and love to all of Elizabeth's family, friends and loved ones. We will miss you Elizabeth.
Emilie Miller
October 29, 2014
I got to know her a little while volunteering in The Rockaways doing home demolition and mold remediation after Hurricane Sandy. She was a volunteer on my team a number of times. Very pleasant, hard-working, and always great at talking with traumatized homeowners, she embodied everything you could want from a team member. One of the people you could really count on to work hard all day without any complaints, even when it was freezing outside and our job was to crawl around in a moldy, muddy, unheated basement for nothing more than a "thank you" at the end of the day.

Having never seen the show, I didn't know she was an actress until someone brought it up one day. She was very humble about her profession.

I didn't know her at all outside of the volunteer work, but the world could use more people with her depth of compassion. She made a difference in a number of people's lives that winter, including mine. Her spirit for helping other people in spite of inclement working conditions helped inspire me to show up time and time again. She will be sorely missed.
Kevin LaVerdiere
October 28, 2014
REST IN PEACE.
Sunny Murchison
October 28, 2014
My Condolences to the family.
Delynn Turner
October 28, 2014
I had the great pleasure of working with Elizabeth in a play in the 1990s. She was a fine actress and a warm, generous person. To her family: I am deeply sorry for her loss.
Jane Macfie
October 28, 2014
Sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, sister and aunt. I know how painful it is to lose a sibling and can only imagine how hard it is to lose a child, but as a Christian we know "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". I hope that you feel the presents of Christ find comfort in him during this difficult times in your lives. Cherish the fond and loving memories of beloved family member. Her fans will miss her fine work, but you all will miss her as your loving family member whom held a special place in your lives. I will lift your family up in my prayers and thoughts.
Deborah Hickey
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