Frances Foster

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Disambiguation: This is also the full name of Frankie Foster, a fictional character based on Lauren Faust.
Frances Foster
Born Frances Brown
(1924-06-11)June 11, 1924
Yonkers, New York
Died June 17, 1997(1997-06-17) (aged 73)
Fairfax, Virginia
Occupation Film, television, stage actress and theatre director
Spouse(s) Robert Stansfield Foster (1941-1977)
Morton Goldsen

Frances Foster (June 11, 1924 – June 17, 1997)[1] was an American film, television and stage actress. She was also an award-winning stage director.

Biography[edit]

Foster was born Frances Brown in Yonkers, New York, the daughter of George H., a postal worker and Helen E. Brown.[2][3]

She studied acting at American Theater Wing in Manhattan from 1949 to 1952.[3]

In 1955, Ms. Foster made her stage debut as Dolly May in The Wisteria Trees at the City Center Theater in New York City. She was a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company and between 1967 and 1986 appeared in over 25 of its productions.[3]

Foster won an Obie Award in 1985 for sustained excellence of performance. She was also a recipient of two AUDELCO Awards, one as an actress and the other as a director for work at the New Federal Theatre in Manhattan. In 1978, she received the best actress award for Do Lord Remember Me, and the best director award in 1983 for Hospice.[3]

She also appeared in several films such as Malcolm X, Crooklyn, and Clockers, as well the soap opera Guiding Light. She died in Fairfax, VA. from cerebral hemorrhage, June 17, 1997.

Selected credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Theatre(s) Notes
1995 Having Our Say[4] Miss Sadie Delany (standby) Booth Theatre
The Young Man from Atlanta[5] Clara Signature Theatre 1992

Malcolm X the lady outside the theatre

1990 Ground People[6] Viola America Place Theatre
1986 House of Shadows[7] Cassie America Place Theatre
1982 Do Lord Remember Me[8] American Place Theatre
1980 Zooman and the Sign[9] Ash Boswell Theatre Four
1978 Nevis Mountain Dew[10] Everelda Philibert Griffin St. Mark's Playhouse 1979 Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play[11]
1975 The First Breeze of Summer[12] Gremmer Palace Theatre
1972 The River Niger[13][14][15] Grandma Wilhelmina Brown St. Mark's Playhouse[13]
Brooks Atkinson Theatre[14][15]
Originally an Off-Broadway production that was transferred to Broadway.[13][14][15]
1971 Rosalee Pritchett[16] Rosalee (Rose) Pritchett St. Mark's Playhouse
1970 The Good Woman of Setzuan[17] Mrs. Mi Tzu Vivian Beaumont Theater
1968 Kongi's Harvest[18] Ogbo Aweri
Segi
St. Mark's Playhouse
1965 Day of Absence[19] Supervisor
Aide
St. Mark's Playhouse Program of two one-act plays by Douglas Turner Ward.
Happy Ending[19] Vi St. Mark's Playhouse Program of two one-act plays by Douglas Turner Ward.
1963 The Last Minstrel[20] Mrs. Ash Pocket Theatre
1959 A Raisin in the Sun[21] Ruth Younger (understudy)
Beneatha Younger (understudy)
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Belasco Theatre
1956 Take a Giant Step[22] Violet Jan Hus Playhouse
1955 The Wisteria Trees[3] Dolly May City Center Theater

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Fifteenth Census of the United States (1930) [database on-line] , Yonkers (2nd Ward), Westchester County, New York, Enumeration District: 60-12, Page: 15A, Line: 24-30, household of Geo. H. Brown". United States: The Generations Network. 1930-04-12. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Pace, Eric (1997-06-23). "Frances Foster, 73, Actress And Director in the Theater". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-03. "Frances Foster, a character actress, a stage director and a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company." 
  4. ^ "Having Our Say". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  5. ^ "The Young Man from Atlanta". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Ground People". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ "House of Shadows". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Do Lord Remember Me". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Zooman and the Sign". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Nevis Mountain Dew". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Frances Foster". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  12. ^ "The First Breeze of Summer". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  13. ^ a b c "The River Niger". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  14. ^ a b c "The River Niger". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  15. ^ a b c "The River Niger". United States: Internet Theatre Database. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  16. ^ "Rosalee Pritchett". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  17. ^ "The Good Woman of Setzuan". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  18. ^ "Kongi's Harvest". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  19. ^ a b "Happy Ending/Day of Absence". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  20. ^ "The Last Minstrel". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  21. ^ "A Raisin in the Sun". New York, New York: Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  22. ^ "Take a Giant Step". New York, New York: Lortel Archives: The Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 

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