Margaret Foster (born May 10, 1948) is an American actress who 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.
Foster at Phoenix Film Festival in 2013
May 10, 1948
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Stephen McHattie (divorced)|
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.[unreliable source?]  She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York.
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. 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." 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."
Foster worked throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. 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 '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, 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
She 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 John Carpenter film They Live alongside "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.
Foster's striking pale-blue eyes were dubbed "the eyes of 1979" by Mademoiselle magazine. In a newspaper interview that same year, she stated that her eyes, at least in her opinion, were not “so distinctive". However, on some occasions film and television producers did have Foster wear contact lenses to lessen what they viewed as the distractive effects of her eyes during screen performances.
|1970||Adam at 6 A.M.||Joyce|
|1971||The Todd Killings|
|1974||Welcome to Arrow Beach||Robbin Stanley|
|1978||A Different Story||Stella Cooke|
|1980||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Katrina Van Tassel|
|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||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|
|1992||Dead On: Relentless II||Carol Dietz|
|1993||Hidden Fears||Maureen Dietz|
|1993||Best of the Best 2||Sue MacCauley|
|1994||Shrunken Heads||Big Moe|
|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||Cmdr. Lasser|
|1998||Lost Valley||Mary-Ann Compton|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||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|
|1999||The 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|
|2014||Investigation 13||Layla Parrish|
|2016||Three Days in August||Maggie|
|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|
|1971||The Death of Me Yet||Alice|
|1974||Things in Their Season||Judy Pines|
|1975||Promise Him Anything||Marjorie|
|1976||James Dean||Dizzy Sheridan|
|1979||The Scarlet Letter||Hester Prynne|
|1980||Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones||Jean Richie|
|1980||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Katrina Van Tassel|
|1983||Desperate Intruder||Joanna Walcott|
|1984||Best Kept Secrets||Shari Mitchell|
|1988||Betrayal of Silence||Julie|
|1992||To Catch a Killer||City Attorney Linda Carlson|
|1997||Deep Family Secrets||Ellen|
|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||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|
|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"|
|2013–16||Pretty Little Liars||Mrs. Grunwald||5 episodes|
|2013–14||Ravenswood||Mrs. Grunwald||7 episodes|
|2015||The Originals||Josephine LaRue||5 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Cashier||Episode: "Part 3"|
- "Paid Notice: Deaths Foster, Nancy Adamson". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "The Fosters of Ridgewood Drive". Rowaytonkids. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Meg Foster interview". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "'Brown's Body' Continues". The Ithica Journal. New York, Ithaca. July 20, 1968. p. 25. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Brown's Body' Set at Cornell". The Ithica Journal. New York, Ithaca. July 13, 1968. p. 25. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Kleiner, Dick (August 22, 1982). "Story behind Meg's ouster". Longview News-Journal. Texas, Longview. p. 8 - F. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Just call her old blue eyes". Daily News. Kentucky, Bowling Green. April 4, 1979. p. 14-B. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- 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 Newspapers.com.
- Stephen McHattie profile, nytimes.com; accessed October 13, 2014.
- Second movie The Man in the Iron Mask