Meg Foster

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Meg Foster
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Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
Margaret Foster

(1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 72)
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Stephen McHattie (divorced)

Margaret Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American film and television actress. Some of her many roles were in the 1979 TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter, and the films Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend, and They Live.

Early years[edit]

Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania to David and Nancy (née Adamson) Foster, and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut with four siblings: sisters Gray, Jan, and Nina, and brother Ian.[1][2][3] She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York.[4]


In 1968, Foster acted in a Cornell Summer Theater production of John Brown's Body.[5] Later in 1968, she was in the off-Broadway production of The Empire Builders.[6]

When Loretta Swit was unable to reprise her television-film role[citation needed] of Detective Christine Cagney when the film was adapted into the Cagney & Lacey TV series, Foster took on the role for the short (six episodes) first season,[7] before she was replaced by Sharon Gless. Entertainment columnist Dick Kleiner wrote in August 1982 about Foster's being dropped from the show: "It isn't a pretty story, no matter who you talk to. Meg was so hurt and distraught that she still isn't talking. But she told friends that she felt as though she had been hit by a truck."[8] Kleiner's story implied that Foster's dismissal from the show had cost her other opportunities. "Until that news spread," he wrote, "she was an in-demand actress."[8]

Foster worked throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. She 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 'til 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, Here Come the Brides, Storefront Lawyers, Barnaby Jones, Murder, She Wrote, Miami Vice, ‘’Mannix, ‘’The Cosby Show, Quantum Leap, ER, and Xena: Warrior Princess. She was Hera in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

She also appeared films throughout the 1980s, beginning with a role as a woman who worked in the games in a traveling carnival in Carny, starring Jodie Foster, Gary Busey and Robbie Robertson; the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big-screen version of Masters of the Universe; and Holly in the John Carpenter film They Live, with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

She was nominated for a 1982 Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress for the film Ticket to Heaven. Since the 1990s, Foster has acted mainly in stage productions, including King Lear and Barabbas.[citation needed]

Foster's striking pale-blue eyes were dubbed "the eyes of 1979" by Mademoiselle magazine.[9] In a newspaper interview that year, she said in her opinion, her eyes were not “so distinctive".[10] However, some film and television producers had Foster wear contact lenses to lessen what they considered her eyes' "distractive" effect.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Foster is divorced from Canadian actor Stephen McHattie. She has a son, Christopher.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Adam at 6 A.M. Joyce
1971 The Todd Killings
1972 Thumb Tripping Shay
1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach Robbin Stanley
1978 A Different Story Stella Cooke
1980 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel
1980 Carny Gerta
1981 Ticket to Heaven Ingrid Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1983 The Osterman Weekend Ali Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Jean Markham
1986 The Wind Sian Anderson
1987 Masters of the Universe Evil-Lyn
1988 Riding Fast Sara
1988 They Live Holly Thompson
1989 Leviathan Ms. Martin
1989 Relentless Carol Dietz
1989 Blind Fury Lynn Devereaux
1989 Stepfather II Carol Grayland
1990 Tripwire Julia
1990 Jezebel's Kiss Amanda Faberson
1990 Back Stab Sara Rudnick
1991 Diplomatic Immunity Gerta Hermann
1991 Future Kick Nancy
1992 Project Shadowchaser Sarah
1992 Dead On: Relentless II Carol Dietz
1993 Hidden Fears Maureen Dietz
1993 Best of the Best 2 Sue MacCauley
1994 Oblivion Stell Barr
1994 Shrunken Heads Maureen 'Big Moe'
1994 Immortal Combat Quinn
1994 Lady in Waiting Carrie
1995 The Killers Within Laura Seaton
1995 Undercover Heat Mrs. V
1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash Stell Barr
1997 Space Marines Commander Lasser
1998 Lost Valley Mary-Ann Compton
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask[12] Queen Anne of France Not to be confused with the other The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 film, which featured Anne Parillaud as Anne
1998 Spoiler Woman #1
1999 The Minus Man Irene
2003 Being with Eddie Elinor Short film
2004 Coming Up Easy Mom
2011 25 Hill Audrey Gibbs
2011 Sebastian Gloria
2012 The Lords of Salem Margaret Morgan
2016 Three Days in August Maggie
2016 31 Venus Virgo
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Mother Mayhem Voice
2017 Jeepers Creepers 3 Gaylen Brandon
2018 A Reckoning Diane Maple
2018 Any Bullet Will Do Ma Whitman
2018 Overlord Chloe's Aunt
2019 Investigation 13 Layla Parrish
2020 There's No Such Thing as Vampires Sister Frank
TBD Hellblazers Mary Post-production
TBD Haunted: 333 Momma McDonald Post-production

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Death of Me Yet Alice
1973 Sunshine Nora
1974 Things in Their Season Judy Pines
1975 Promise Him Anything Marjorie
1976 James Dean Dizzy Sheridan
1977 Sunshine Christmas Nora
1979 The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jean Richie
1983 Desperate Intruder Joanna Walcott
1984 Best Kept Secrets Shari Mitchell
1987 Desperate Dorymae
1988 Betrayal of Silence Julie
1992 To Catch a Killer City Attorney Linda Carlson
1992 Quantum Leap Laura Fuller
1997 Deep Family Secrets Ellen

Television series[edit]

1972 Night Gallery Episode : Gallows In The Wind
Year Title Role Notes
1969 NET Playhouse Praxithia Episode: "The Prodigal"
1970 Here Come the Brides Callie Marsh Episode: "Two Worlds"
1970 The 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 2 episodes
1971 The F.B.I. Marcy Brown Episode: "The Recruiter"
1972 The F.B.I. Marcy Brown Episode: "A Second Life"
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Rebecca Episode: "The Legacy"
1972 The 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"
1974 Barnaby Jones Glenda Episode: "A Cold Record for Murder"
1974 Barnaby Jones Gina Nelson Episode: "Blueprint for a Caper"
1973 Hawaii Five-O Nina Episode: "The Child Stealers"
1974 Medical Center Cassie Episode: "Web of Intrigue"
1974 The F.B.I. Paula Taylor Episode: "The Animal"
1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Minonee Episode: "Straight on 'till Morning"
1975 Sunshine Nora 13 episodes
1975 The 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"
1975 Baretta Lola Episode: "Ragtime Billy Peaches"
1975 Baretta Stella Episode: "Count the Days I'm Gone"
1976 Hawaii Five-O Anne Waring Episode: "Double Exposure"
1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors Jennie Jamison 6 episodes
1977 Police Story Nancy Episode: "Trigger Point"
1982 Cagney & Lacey Det. Chris Cagney 6 episodes - first cancelled season
1985 The Twilight Zone Jenny Episode: "Dreams for Sale"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Del Scott Episode: "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"
1987 Miami Vice Alice Carson Episode: "Contempt of Court"
1988 Miami Vice Alice Carson Episode: "Blood & Roses"
1988 The Cosby Show Diane Hemmings Episode: "Trust Me"
1989 Midnight Caller Annie Driscoll Episode: "Wait Until Midnight"
1989 The Hitchhiker Deirdre Episode: "The Martyr"
1990–91 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill D.A. Deb Grant 3 episodes
1990 The Young Riders Mary Lou Episode: "Decoy"
1991 Shannon's Deal Eva Melville Episode: "Trouble"
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"
1998–99 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Hera 2 episodes
1999 Sliders Col. Margaret Burke Episode: "Slide by Wire"
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Hera Episode: "God-Fearing Child"
2013 Hjem Mina Episode: "#2.7"
2013–16 Pretty Little Liars Mrs. Grunwald 5 episodes
2013–14 Ravenswood Mrs. Grunwald 7 episodes
2015 The Originals Josephine LaRue 5 episodes
2016 Baskets Thelma Episode: "Cowboys"
2017 Twin Peaks Cashier Episode: "Part 3"


  1. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths Foster, Nancy Adamson". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "The Fosters of Ridgewood Drive". Rowaytonkids. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Meg Foster interview". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Brown's Body' Continues". The Ithaca Journal. New York, Ithaca. July 20, 1968. p. 25. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via open access
  5. ^ "'Brown's Body' Set at Cornell". The Ithaca Journal. New York, Ithaca. July 13, 1968. p. 25. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via open access
  6. ^ Davis, James (October 2, 1968). "Don't Miss Abstruse Theater -- If You Can". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 49. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via open access
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 151–152. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. ^ a b Kleiner, Dick (August 22, 1982). "Story behind Meg's ouster". Longview News-Journal. Texas, Longview. p. 8 - F. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via open access
  9. ^ "Just call her old blue eyes". Daily News. Kentucky, Bowling Green. April 4, 1979. p. 14-B. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b Christy, Marian (March 29, 1979). "Meg Foster: 'We act every day of our life'". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 21. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via open access
  11. ^ Stephen McHattie profile,; accessed October 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Second movie The Man in the Iron Mask

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