Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
May 10, 1948
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Stephen McHattie (divorced)|
Margaret "Meg" Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American actress best known for her roles in the TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter and the films Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend and They Live (1988).
Life and career
Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David Foster and his wife Nancy ( Adamson). Foster grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut with her parents and four siblings: sisters Gray, Jan, and Nina, and brother Ian. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
Foster replaced Loretta Swit as Detective Christine Cagney for the first six episodes of the first season of Cagney & Lacey until she was replaced by Sharon Gless. CBS were unhappy with Foster's performance and were worried that her performance as a strong woman would make viewers think the character was a lesbian.
Foster worked prolifically throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. She has guest starred in numerous TV shows including two episodes of Hawaii Five-O (1973 and 1976), The Six Million Dollar Man season two episode "Straight on 'till Morning" (1974), Three for the Road (1975), and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season four episode "The Muse" (1996). Other TV shows include Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, Storefront Lawyers, Barnaby Jones, Murder, She Wrote, Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Quantum Leap, ER, and Xena: Warrior Princess. Foster played the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big screen version of Masters of the Universe and the Greek goddess Hera in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Since the 1990s, Foster has acted mainly on stage productions, including King Lear and Barabbas. In her private life she was married to Canadian actor Stephen McHattie, but the couple separated.
Foster once lived with Playboy Playmate Victoria Valentino, who came forward years later to allege comedian and actor Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted both women in the early 1970s. Foster declined an interview request from the Washington Post concerning Cosby's alleged transgressions.
|1970||Adam at Six A.M.||Joyce|
|1971||Todd Killings, TheThe Todd Killings|
|1974||Welcome to Arrow Beach||Robbin Stanley|
|1978||Different Story, AA Different Story||Stella Cooke|
|1980||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Katrina Van Tassel|
|1981||Ticket to Heaven||Ingrid|
|1983||Osterman Weekend, TheThe Osterman Weekend||Ali Tanner|
|1985||Emerald Forest, TheThe Emerald Forest||Jean Markham|
|1986||Wind (aka Edge of Terror), TheThe Wind (aka Edge of Terror)||Sian Anderson|
|1987||Masters of the Universe||Evil-Lyn|
|1988||They Live||Holly Thompson|
|1989||Blind Fury||Lynn Devereaux|
|1989||Stepfather II||Carol Grayland|
|1990||Jezebel's Kiss||Amanda Faberson|
|1990||Back Stab||Sara Rudnick|
|1991||Diplomatic Immunity||Gerta Hermann|
|1993||Hidden Fears||Maureen Dietz|
|1993||Best of the Best 2||Sue MacCauley|
|1994||Shrunken Heads||Big Moe|
|1994||Lady in Waiting||Carrie|
|1995||Killers Within, TheThe Killers Within||Laura Seaton|
|1995||Undercover Heat||Mrs. V|
|1996||Oblivion 2: Backlash||Stell Barr|
|1997||Space Marines||Cmdr. Lasser|
|1998||Lost Valley||Mary-Ann Compton|
|1998||Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask||Queen Anne d'Autriche|
|1999||Minus Man, TheThe Minus Man||Irene|
|2003||Being with Eddie||Elinor||Short film|
|2004||Coming Up Easy||Mom|
|2011||25 Hill||Audrey Gibbs|
|2012||The Lords of Salem||Margaret Morgan|
|1969||NET Playhouse||Praxithia||Episode: "The Prodigal"|
|1970||Here Come the Brides||Callie Marsh||Episode: "Two Worlds"|
|1970||Interns, TheThe Interns||Sharon||Episode: "Eyes of the Beholder"|
|1970||Mod Squad||Cora||Episode: "Who Are the Keepers, Who Are the Inmates?"|
|1971||Mod Squad||Carolyn||Episode: "Death of a Nobody"|
|1971||Men at Law||Barbara Millett||Episode: "Hostage"|
|1971||Bonanza||Mrs. Evangeline Woodtree||Episode: "The Silent Killer"|
|1971||Dan August||Em Jackson||Episode: "The Titan"
Episode: "Bullet for a Hero"
|1971||Death of Me Yet, TheThe Death of Me Yet||Alice||TV movie|
|1971||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Marcy Brown||Episode: "The Recruiter"|
|1972||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Marcy Brown||Episode: "A Second Life"|
|1972||Young Dr. Kildare||Rebecca||Episode: "The Legacy"|
|1972||Sixth Sense, TheThe Sixth Sense||Carey Evers||Episode: "Gallows in the Wind"|
|1972||Mannix||Sheila||Episode: "A Game of Shadows"|
|1972||Medical Center||Carol McKinnon||Episode: "Conflict"|
|1972||Circle of Fear||Julie Barnes||Episode: "At the Cradle Foot"|
|1973||Circle of Fear||Penny Wiseman||Episode: "Spare Parts"|
|1973||Cannon||Linda Morrow||Episode: "Come Watch Me Die"|
|1973||Barnaby Jones||Doris Talbot||Episode: "A Little Glory, a Little Death"|
|Episode: "A Cold Record for Murder"
Episode: "Blueprint for a Caper"
|1973||Hawaii Five-O||Nina||Episode: "The Child Stealers"|
|1974||Medical Center||Cassie||Episode: "Web of Intrigue"|
|1974||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Paula Taylor||Episode: "The Animal"|
|1974||Six Million Dollar Man, TheThe Six Million Dollar Man||Minonee||Episode: "Straight on 'till Morning"|
|1974||Things in Their Season||Judy Pines||TV movie|
|1975||Promise Him Anything||Marjorie||TV movie|
|1975||Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco||Nancy Elizabeth Mellon||Episode: "Trail of Terror"|
|1975||Bronk||Margaret Lewis||Episode: "Short Fuse"|
|1975||Three for the Road||Patti Hardy||Episode: "The Albatross"|
|Episode: "Ragtime Billy Peaches"
Episode: "Count the Days I'm Gone"
|1976||James Dean||Dizzy Sheridan||TV movie|
|1976||Hawaii Five-O||Anne Waring||Episode: "Double Exposure"|
|1977||Washington: Behind Closed Doors||Jennie Jamison||TV miniseries|
|1977||Police Story||Episode: "Pressure Point"|
|1977||Sunshine Christmas||Nora||TV movie|
|1979||Scarlet Letter, TheThe Scarlet Letter||Hester Prynne||TV miniseries|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Jean Richie||TV movie|
|1980||Legend of Sleepy Hollow, TheThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Katrina Van Tassel||TV movie|
|1982||Cagney & Lacey||Det. Chris Cagney||6 episodes|
|1983||Desperate Intruder||Joanna Walcott||TV movie|
|1984||Best Kept Secrets||Shari Mitchell||TV movie|
|1985||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Jenny||Episode: "Dreams for Sale"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Del Scott||Episode: "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"|
|1987||Wind, TheThe Wind||Sian Anderson||Video|
|1987||Miami Vice||Alice Carson||Episode: "Contempt of Court"|
|1988||Miami Vice||Alice Carson||Episode: "Blood & Roses"|
|1988||Betrayal of Silence||Julie||TV movie|
|1988||Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show||Diane Hemmings||Episode: "Trust Me"|
|1989||Midnight Caller||Annie Driscoll||Episode: "Wait Until Midnight"|
|1989||Hitchhiker, TheThe Hitchhiker||Deirdre||Episode: "The Martyr"|
|1990||Young Riders, TheThe Young Riders||Mary Lou||Episode: "Decoy"|
|1991||Shannon's Deal||Eva Melville||Episode: "Trouble"|
|1991||Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'Neill||D.A. Deb Grant||Episode: "Battle Fatigue"|
|1992||Dead On: Relentless II||Carol Dietz||Video|
|1992||To Catch a Killer||City Attorney Linda Carlson||TV movie|
|1992||Reasonable Doubts||Anna Dare||Episode: "Moment of Doubt"|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Laura Fuller||3 episodes|
|1994||Fortune Hunter||Georgia Appleton||Episode: "Millennium"|
|1995||ER||Mrs. Rose||Episode: "Make of Two Hearts"|
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Laura Kerwin||Episode: "The Dark Side of the Door"|
|1996||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Onaya||Episode: "The Muse"|
|1996||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Athena||Episode: "The Kidnapping Episode"|
|1997||Deep Family Secrets||Ellen||TV movie|
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Hera||Episode: "Reunions"|
|1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Hera||Episode: "Full Circle"|
|1999||Sliders||Col. Margaret Burke||Episode: "Slide by Wire"|
|2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||Hera||Episode: "God-Fearing Child"|
|2013, 2015||Pretty Little Liars||Mrs. Grunwald||Episodes: "Under the Gun", "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", "Grave New World", "Through a Glass, Darkly"|
|2013–2014||Ravenswood||Mrs. Grunwald||Recurring Character|
|2015–||The Originals||Josephine LaRue||Recurring Character|
- "Meg Foster". The New York Times.
- "Maternal Obituary Notice: Nancy Adamson Foster". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Gray Foster Obituary (older sibling)". Peninsula Daily News. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "The Fosters of Ridgewood Drive". Rowaytonkids. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Meg Foster interview". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Meg Foster - Biography
- "Dread Central's Final Girls: Meg Foster". DreadCentral.
- Stephen McHattie, New York Times, October 13, 2014
- Daily News - April 4, 1979
- Second movie The Man in the Iron Mask
- Meg Foster at the Internet Movie Database
- Meg Foster at AllMovie
- Meg Foster at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
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