Meg Foster

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Meg Foster
Meg Foster 2013.jpg
Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
BornMargaret Foster
(1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 66)
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Stephen McHattie (divorced)
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Meg Foster
Meg Foster 2013.jpg
Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
BornMargaret Foster
(1948-05-10) May 10, 1948 (age 66)
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1969–present
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).[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David Foster and his wife Nancy (née Adamson). Foster grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut with her parents and four siblings: sisters Gray, Jan, and Nina, and brother Ian.[2][4][5] She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.[6]

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.[citation needed]

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

Foster is also known for her striking pale-blue eyes, which Mademoiselle magazine dubbed "the eyes of 1979."[10]

Foster was nominated for a 1982 Genie Award for "Best Performance by a Foreign Actress" for the film Ticket to Heaven.[citation needed]

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.[11]


1970Adam at Six A.M.Joyce
1971Todd Killings, TheThe Todd Killings
1972Thumb TrippingShay
1974Welcome to Arrow BeachRobbin Stanley
1978Different Story, AA Different StoryStella Cooke
1980The Legend of Sleepy HollowKatrina Van Tassel
1981Ticket to HeavenIngrid
1983Osterman Weekend, TheThe Osterman WeekendAli Tanner
1985Emerald Forest, TheThe Emerald ForestJean Markham
1986Wind (aka Edge of Terror), TheThe Wind (aka Edge of Terror)Sian Anderson
1987Masters of the UniverseEvil-Lyn
1988Riding FastSara
1988They LiveHolly Thompson
1989LeviathanMs. Martin
1989RelentlessCarol Dietz
1989Blind FuryLynn Devereaux
1989Stepfather IICarol Grayland
1990Jezebel's KissAmanda Faberson
1990Back StabSara Rudnick
1991Diplomatic ImmunityGerta Hermann
1991Future KickNancy
1993Hidden FearsMaureen Dietz
1993Best of the Best 2Sue MacCauley
1994OblivionStell Barr
1994Shrunken HeadsBig Moe
1994Immortal CombatQuinn
1994Lady in WaitingCarrie
1995Killers Within, TheThe Killers WithinLaura Seaton
1995Undercover HeatMrs. V
1996Oblivion 2: BacklashStell Barr
1997Space MarinesCmdr. Lasser
1998Lost ValleyMary-Ann Compton
1998Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask[12]Queen Anne d'Autriche
1998SpoilerWoman #1
1999Minus Man, TheThe Minus ManIrene
2003Being with EddieElinorShort film
2004Coming Up EasyMom
201125 HillAudrey Gibbs
2012The Lords of SalemMargaret Morgan
1969NET PlayhousePraxithiaEpisode: "The Prodigal"
1970Here Come the BridesCallie MarshEpisode: "Two Worlds"
1970Interns, TheThe InternsSharonEpisode: "Eyes of the Beholder"
1970Mod SquadCoraEpisode: "Who Are the Keepers, Who Are the Inmates?"
1971Mod SquadCarolynEpisode: "Death of a Nobody"
1971Men at LawBarbara MillettEpisode: "Hostage"
1971BonanzaMrs. Evangeline WoodtreeEpisode: "The Silent Killer"
1971Dan AugustEm JacksonEpisode: "The Titan"
Episode: "Bullet for a Hero"
1971Death of Me Yet, TheThe Death of Me YetAliceTV movie
1971F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.Marcy BrownEpisode: "The Recruiter"
1972F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.Marcy BrownEpisode: "A Second Life"
1972Young Dr. KildareRebeccaEpisode: "The Legacy"
1972Sixth Sense, TheThe Sixth SenseCarey EversEpisode: "Gallows in the Wind"
1972MannixSheilaEpisode: "A Game of Shadows"
1972Medical CenterCarol McKinnonEpisode: "Conflict"
1972Circle of FearJulie BarnesEpisode: "At the Cradle Foot"
1973Circle of FearPenny WisemanEpisode: "Spare Parts"
1973CannonLinda MorrowEpisode: "Come Watch Me Die"
1973Barnaby JonesDoris TalbotEpisode: "A Little Glory, a Little Death"
1974Barnaby JonesGlenda
Gina Nelson
Episode: "A Cold Record for Murder"
Episode: "Blueprint for a Caper"
1973Hawaii Five-ONinaEpisode: "The Child Stealers"
1973SunshineNoraTV movie
1974Medical CenterCassieEpisode: "Web of Intrigue"
1974F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.Paula TaylorEpisode: "The Animal"
1974Six Million Dollar Man, TheThe Six Million Dollar ManMinoneeEpisode: "Straight on 'till Morning"
1974Things in Their SeasonJudy PinesTV movie
1975Promise Him AnythingMarjorieTV movie
1975SunshineNora13 episodes
1975Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoNancy Elizabeth MellonEpisode: "Trail of Terror"
1975BronkMargaret LewisEpisode: "Short Fuse"
1975Three for the RoadPatti HardyEpisode: "The Albatross"
Episode: "Ragtime Billy Peaches"
Episode: "Count the Days I'm Gone"
1976James DeanDizzy SheridanTV movie
1976Hawaii Five-OAnne WaringEpisode: "Double Exposure"
1977Washington: Behind Closed DoorsJennie JamisonTV miniseries
1977Police StoryEpisode: "Pressure Point"
1977Sunshine ChristmasNoraTV movie
1979Scarlet Letter, TheThe Scarlet LetterHester PrynneTV miniseries
1980Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim JonesJean RichieTV movie
1980Legend of Sleepy Hollow, TheThe Legend of Sleepy HollowKatrina Van TasselTV movie
1982Cagney & LaceyDet. Chris Cagney6 episodes
1983Desperate IntruderJoanna WalcottTV movie
1984Best Kept SecretsShari MitchellTV movie
1985Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneJennyEpisode: "Dreams for Sale"
1985Murder, She WroteDel ScottEpisode: "Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly"
1987Wind, TheThe WindSian AndersonVideo
1987DesperateDorymaeTV movie
1987Miami ViceAlice CarsonEpisode: "Contempt of Court"
1988Miami ViceAlice CarsonEpisode: "Blood & Roses"
1988Betrayal of SilenceJulieTV movie
1988Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowDiane HemmingsEpisode: "Trust Me"
1989Midnight CallerAnnie DriscollEpisode: "Wait Until Midnight"
1989Hitchhiker, TheThe HitchhikerDeirdreEpisode: "The Martyr"
1990Young Riders, TheThe Young RidersMary LouEpisode: "Decoy"
1991Shannon's DealEva MelvilleEpisode: "Trouble"
1991Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'NeillD.A. Deb GrantEpisode: "Battle Fatigue"
1992Dead On: Relentless IICarol DietzVideo
1992To Catch a KillerCity Attorney Linda CarlsonTV movie
1992Reasonable DoubtsAnna DareEpisode: "Moment of Doubt"
1992Quantum LeapLaura Fuller3 episodes
1994Fortune HunterGeorgia AppletonEpisode: "Millennium"
1995ERMrs. RoseEpisode: "Make of Two Hearts"
1996Murder, She WroteLaura KerwinEpisode: "The Dark Side of the Door"
1996Star Trek: Deep Space NineOnayaEpisode: "The Muse"
1996Mr. & Mrs. SmithAthenaEpisode: "The Kidnapping Episode"
1997Deep Family SecretsEllenTV movie
1998Hercules: The Legendary JourneysHeraEpisode: "Reunions"
1999Hercules: The Legendary JourneysHeraEpisode: "Full Circle"
1999SlidersCol. Margaret BurkeEpisode: "Slide by Wire"
2000Xena: Warrior PrincessHeraEpisode: "God-Fearing Child"
2013, 2015Pretty Little LiarsMrs. GrunwaldEpisodes: "Under the Gun", "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", "Grave New World", "Through a Glass, Darkly"
2013–2014RavenswoodMrs. GrunwaldRecurring Character


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Preceded by
Loretta Swit
Christine Cagney Actress
Succeeded by
Sharon Gless