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Ruth E. Foster (January 29, 1920 – May 12, 2012) was an American actress who portrayed Walnut Grove's post-mistress by the same name for several seasons on the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983).
Sam Jaffe and Foster in 1965
Ruth E. Foster|
January 29, 1920
May 12, 2012 (aged 92)|
Del Mar, California
(m. 1939; his death 1986)
Life and careerEdit
Foster was born on January 29, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She first broke into show business at the age of 12 when the Shubert Theater sponsored a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance contest. Foster competed and won first place. This exposure lead to a job as a dancer with a traveling dance group. Soon, she was offered a job as a dancer for the Latin Quarter Show. After several years of dancing, Foster went on to become an actress. She traveled with vaudeville dance troupes in the early 1930s. Foster was on Ben Casey as Miss Fleming from 1962 to 1964. She was in Dimension 5 and Cyborg 2087 that were going to be released on television as television films, instead were theatrically released across the United States. Foster is most remembered as Melinda Foster, the Post office manager, on Little House on the Prairie for 61 episodes from 1974 to 1983. She was also a film editor, video tape editor and an associate producer. In 1984, Foster reprised her role as Melinda Foster in the Made-for-TV-Movies Little House: Bless All the Dear Children and Little House: The Last Farewell. Foster danced professionally in the Palm Springs and Branson Follies until the age of 85.
Personal life and DeathEdit
Foster married comedian Bobby Pinkus, aka Peter J. Accardy, in 1939. Accardy died on September 16, 1986. She died of natural causes in Del Mar, California at the age of 92. Several Little House cast-mates attended her funeral services.
|1966||Dimension 5||Grumpy Man's Wife||Science fiction/espionage or spy-fi film written by Arthur C. Pierce and directed by Franklin Adreon.|
|Cyborg 2087||Citizen in Crowd||Science fiction film directed by Franklin Adreon and written by Arthur C. Pierce.|
|1954||The Spike Jones Show||Pickpocket||Episode: "Panel Shows" (S 1:Ep 2)|
|1962–64||Ben Casey||Miss Fleming||Recurring|
|1969||Bonanza||Woman on Street||Episode: "A Darker Shadow" (S 11:Ep 10)|
|1971||Medical Center||Nurse||Episode: "Web of Darkness" (S 2:Ep 17)|
|1974||Little House on the Prairie||Aunt Ruby||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1974–83||Little House on the Prairie||Melinda Foster||Recurring|
|1984||Little House: Bless All the Dear Children||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Victor French & written by Chris Abbott-Fish and based on the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.|
|Little House: The Last Farewell||Made-for-TV-Movie written & directed by Michael Landon and based on the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.|
|1989||Highway to Heaven||Woman #1||Episode: "The Reunion" (S 5:Ep 5)|
|1987||Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery||Associate producer||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Christopher Hibler.|
|1987||Paul Simon: Graceland - The African Concert||Film editor||Documentary concert given in Zimbabwe, Africa, by singer Paul Simon, featuring such South African musicians Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.|
|1996||The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus||Documentary of an December 11, 1968 event organized by the Rolling Stones.|
|1991||The Object of Beauty||Film editor||Comedy crime–drama film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.|
|1995||Frankie Starlight||Drama–romantic war film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg with a screenplay written by Ronan O'Leary and Chet Raymo & based on the internationally best-selling novel The Dork of Cork by Raymo.|
|1983||The Littlest Hobo||Video tape editor||Episode: "Trucker" (S 5:Ep 5)|
|1985||American Playhouse||Film editor||Episode: "Breakfast with Les and Bess" (S 4:Ep 12)|
|Great Performances||Episode: "Grown-Ups" (S 13–Episode aired 25 November 1985)|
|Master Harold...and the Boys||Made-for TV-Movie drama by Athol Fugard, adapted from his 1982 play of the same title, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.|
|All the Way||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.|
|1987||Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery|
|Jake and the Fatman||Episodes: |
|1988||Tanner '88||Created & written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman.|
|Tidy Endings||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Gavin Millar.|
|The Christmas Wife||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by David Jones and written by Catherine Ann Jones.|
|Betrayal of Silence||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Jeffrey Woolnough.|
|1989||Glory! Glory!||Televangelism comedy made-for-TV-Movie directed by Lindsay Anderson.|
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