Meg Foster

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Meg Foster
Meg Foster 2013.jpg
Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
Born Margaret Foster
(1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 69)
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Stephen McHattie (divorced)
Children 1

Margaret "Meg" Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American actress who has had roles in the TV miniseries version of The Scarlet Letter and the films Ticket to Heaven, The Osterman Weekend and They Live among many other projects.[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Margaret 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.[2][4][5] She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.[6]

When Loretta Swit was unable to reprise her film role of Detective Christine Cagney in the Cagney & Lacey series, Foster took on the role for the short (six episodes) first season, before she was replaced by Sharon Gless. She 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, "Template:Here Come The Brides", Storefront Lawyers, Barnaby Jones, Murder, She Wrote, Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Quantum Leap, ER, and Xena: Warrior Princess. She was Hera in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.[7]

She has also appeared in a number of memorable movie roles throughout the 80s, including the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big screen version of Masters of the Universe and Holly in the legendary John Carpenter film They Live alongside the unforgettable "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 on stage productions, including King Lear and Barabbas.[citation needed]

Foster's pale-blue eyes were dubbed by Mademoiselle as "the eyes of 1979."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Foster is divorced from Canadian actor Stephen McHattie. She has a son, Christopher.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Adam at Six A.M. Joyce
1971 Todd Killings, TheThe Todd Killings
1972 Thumb Tripping Shay
1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach Robbin Stanley
1978 Different Story, AA 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 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 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
1993 Hidden Fears Maureen Dietz
1993 Best of the Best 2 Sue MacCauley
1994 Oblivion Stell Barr
1994 Shrunken Heads Big Moe
1994 Immortal Combat Quinn
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[10] Queen Anne of France
1998 Spoiler Woman #1
1999 Minus Man, TheThe 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
2014 Investigation 13 Layla Parrish
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

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 Scarlet Letter, TheThe Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jean Richie
1980 Legend of Sleepy Hollow, TheThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow Katrina Van Tassel
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
1997 Deep Family Secrets Ellen

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 2 episodes
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"
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 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"
1975 Sunshine Nora 13 episodes
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"
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 N/A Episode: "Pressure Point"
1982 Cagney & Lacey Det. Chris Cagney 6 episodes
1985 Twilight Zone, TheThe 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 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"
1990–91 Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'Neill D.A. Deb Grant 3 episodes
1990 Young Riders, TheThe 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. ^ "Meg Foster". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Maternal Obituary Notice: Nancy Adamson Foster". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gray Foster Obituary (older sibling)". Peninsula Daily News. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Fosters of Ridgewood Drive". Rowaytonkids. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meg Foster interview". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Meg Foster biography; accessed July 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Dread Central's Final Girls: Meg Foster". DreadCentral. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Profile,, April 4, 1979.
  9. ^ Stephen McHattie profile,; accessed October 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Second movie The Man in the Iron Mask

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Preceded by
Loretta Swit
Christine Cagney Actress
Succeeded by
Sharon Gless