1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography
5.1 Feature films 5.2 Television
6 Stage credits 7 Radio appearances 8 References 9 External links
Nina Foch was born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, to American actress and singer Consuelo Flowerton and Dutch classical music conductor Dirk Fock. Her parents divorced when she was a toddler, and her mother and she moved to the United States, settling in New York City. As Foch grew up, her mother encouraged her artistic talents; she learned piano and enjoyed art but was more interested in acting. After graduating from the Lincoln School, Foch attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and also studied method acting under Lee Strasberg
Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Career
As Harriet Hobson in the film noir
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
As Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, in Scaramouche (1952)
As Bithiah, the Pharaoh's daughter, in The Ten Commandments (1956)
After signing a contract with
Columbia Pictures at age 19, Foch made her feature film debut in the studio's horror picture The Return of the Vampire (1943) with Bela Lugosi, subsequently appearing in Columbia's Cry of the Werewolf
Cry of the Werewolf the next year. This was followed with a role in the biopic A Song to Remember
A Song to Remember (1945), the drama I Love a Mystery (1945); and a string of films noir, including Escape in the Fog, My Name is Julia Ross
My Name is Julia Ross (1945), Johnny O'Clock
Johnny O'Clock (1947), The Dark Past (1948), The Undercover Man (1948), and Johnny Allegro
Johnny Allegro (1949). During this time, she was also a regular in John Houseman's CBS Playhouse 90
Playhouse 90 television series. In 1951, Foch appeared with Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly in the musical An American in Paris, which was awarded the Best Picture Oscar that year. Foch appeared in Scaramouche (1952) as Marie Antoinette, and in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956) as Bithiah, the pharaoh's daughter, who finds the infant Moses
Moses in the bulrushes, adopts him as her son, and joins him and the Hebrews in their exodus from Egypt. In 1957, Foch was honored by the Maryland State Council of the American Jewish Congress with a special award for her performance in The Ten Commandments. Foch received a nomination for the Academy Award
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the boardroom drama Executive Suite (1954), starring William Holden, Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck. In Spartacus (1960), starring Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, she played a woman who chooses gladiators to fight to the death in the ring simply for her entertainment. In 1961, she guest-starred in the NBC
NBC series about the family divisions from American Civil War
American Civil War entitled The Americans. In 1963, she appeared on the NBC
NBC game show Your First Impression. In 1964, she played the title role in the episode "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle" of Craig Stevens's short-lived CBS
CBS drama series, Mr. Broadway. Foch was cast as Eva Frazier in the Outer Limits episode "The Borderland". She appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke as the widowed matriarch of a lawless town, and played in an episode on Combat! titled episode "The Casket". She was also cast as the first murder victim of the Columbo mystery series starring Peter Falk, appearing in the pilot movie, Prescription: Murder (1968), with Gene Barry
Gene Barry as her husband, a homicidal psychiatrist. In the early 1970s, she guest-starred on NBC's The Brian Keith Show. In 1975, Foch appeared in the film Mahogany, starring Diana Ross. Later in her career, Foch appeared in War and Remembrance (1988) as the seemingly nice librarian who soon advises Jane Seymour's character that the best place for her and her uncle would be the inaptly named "Paradise Ghetto". She also appeared as Frannie Halcyon in the TV miniseries Tales of the City (1993). Another notable TV role was as the Overseer Commander (or "Kleezantzun") in the first of the Alien Nation TV movies, Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994). In her final years, she appeared on the television series Just Shoot Me, Bull, Dharma & Greg, and NCIS, the latter portraying Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard's elderly mother. Foch taught "Directing the Actor" classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, classes she taught from the 1960s to her death. She also worked as an independent script-breakdown consultant for many Hollywood directors. Foch has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard, and 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. Personal life Foch lived in Beverly Hills, California, for 40 years and married three times. Her first marriage was to James Lipton, future host of Inside the Actors Studio. She married her second husband, Dennis de Brito, in 1959; and the couple had one child before divorcing in 1963. Her third and last marriage was to Michael Dewell in 1967. The couple divorced in 1993. Death Foch died on December 5, 2008, aged 84, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her only son, Dirk de Brito, told the Los Angeles Times that she died of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia. She had become ill the day before, while teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Foch was cremated by the Neptune Society of Sherman Oaks, California, and her ashes are in the custody of her son. Filmography Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1943 Wagon Wheels West Jan Colburn Short film
The Return of the Vampire Nicki Saunders
1944 Nine Girls Alice Blake
She's a Soldier Too Tessie Legruda
Shadows in the Night Lois Garland
Cry of the Werewolf Celeste
Strange Affair Frieda Brenner
She's a Sweetheart Jeanne
1945 A Song to Remember Constantia
I Love a Mystery Ellen Monk
Escape in the Fog Eileen Carr
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Sally Brown
A Thousand and One Nights Harem Girl Uncredited
My Name Is Julia Ross Julia Ross
Prison Ship Anne Graham
1947 Johnny O'Clock Harriet Hobson
The Guilt of Janet Ames Susie Pearson
1948 The Dark Past Betty
1949 The Undercover Man Judith Warren
Johnny Allegro Glenda Chapman
1951 St. Benny the Dip Linda Kovacs
An American in Paris Milo Roberts
1952 Young Man With Ideas Joyce Laramie
Scaramouche Marie Antoinette
1953 Sombrero Elena Cantu
Fast Company Mercedes Bellway
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Special Jury Prize (Venice Film Festival) Nominated - Academy Award
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Four Guns to the Border Maggie Flannery
1955 You're Never Too Young Gretchen Brendan
Illegal Ellen Miles
1956 The Ten Commandments Bithiah
Three Brave Men Lt. Mary Jane McCoy
1959 Ten Little Indians Vera Claythorne Television film
1960 Cash McCall Maude Kennard
Spartacus Helena Glabrus
1968 Columbo: Prescription: Murder Carol Flemming
1969 Gidget Grows Up Bibi Crosby Television film
1971 Such Good Friends Julie's mother
1972 The Scarecrow Goodie Rickby Television film
1973 Female Artillery Amelia Craig Television film
Salty Mrs. Penninger
1975 Mahogany Miss Evans
1976 The Great Houdini Rev. Le Veyne Television film
1978 Jennifer Mrs. Calley
Child of Glass Lavinia Culp Television film
1979 Ebony, Ivory and Jade Dr. Adela Teba Television film
1981 Rich and Famous Literary party guest
1986 Nomads Real estate agent
1988 Dixie Lanes Hazel Laidlaw
Outback Bound Samantha's Mother Television film
1989 Skin Deep Alex's Mother
1992 In the Arms of a Killer Mrs. Venible Television film
The Sands of Time Ellen Scot Television film
1993 Sliver Evelyn McEvoy
Morning Glory Miss Beasly
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Burak Television film
1996 It's My Party Mrs. Theis
1997 'Til There Was You Sophia Monroe
1998 Hush Alice Baring
Family Blessings Peg Miller Television film
Shadow of a Doubt Sylvia Saxon
2002 Pumpkin Betsy Collander
2003 How to Deal Grandma Halley
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Mrs. Holmes Television film
Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse Elizabeth Episode: "Three Cornered Moon"
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre Wife Episodes: "Temporarily Purple", "Half an Hour"
1950-52 Lux Video Theatre
Episodes: "The Key", "The Magnolia Touch", "Dames Are Poison", "Mine to Have"
1951 Two Girls Named Smith
The Nash Airflyte Theatre
Episode: "The Case of the Calico Dog"
Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre
Episode: "The Bride from Broadway"
Somerset Maugham TV Theatre
Episode: "In Hiding"
1951-52 Lights Out
Episodes: "Blood Relation", "The House of Dust"
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
Episodes: "The Jungle", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "The Buccaneer", "Icebound"
1952 Chesterfield Presents
Episode: "A Moment of Memory"
Episode: "World So Wide"
Tales of Tomorrow
Episode: "Bound Together"
1952-58 Studio One in Hollywood
1953 Hollywood Opening Night
Episode: "Legal Affair"
Armstrong Circle Theatre
Episodes: "Ski Story", "Only This Night"
The Philip Morris Playhouse
Episode: "Room 203"
Episode: "Ride with Terror"
Episodes: "See No Evil", "Hand Me Down"
Producers' Showcase Kaye Thorndyke Episode: "State of the Union"
1954-60 The United States Steel Hour Julia Walton / Grace Barlow Four episodes
1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour Sophia Teale Episode: "Roberta"
1955-57 Climax! Caroline Emmet / Emily Rone Episodes: "Deadly Climate", "Night of Execution"
1955-59 The Loretta Young Show Joan Rogers / Mrs. Graff Episodes: "The Red Dress", "Reunion"
1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour Susan Harland / Joan Byrnes Episodes: "One Life", "Yacht on the High Sea"
Playwrights '56 Belle Thurmond / Mrs. Scott Episodes: "The Undiscovered Country", "The Answer"
1956-58 Playhouse 90
1957 The Alcoa Hour Brita Episode: "A Double Life"
Episodes: "Nothing Personal", "A Night of Rain"
Wagon Train Clara Beauhaump Episode: "The Clara Beauchamp Story"
1958 Matinee Theatre Beatrice Episodes: "Much Ado About Nothing, Pt. 1", "Much Ado About Nothing, Pt.2"
Pursuit Mrs. Claire Holden Episode: "Ticket to Tangier"
1959 The Thin Man
Episode: "Lady Frankenstein"
Rawhide Madrina Wilcox Episode: "Incident of the Judas Trap"
1960 Play of the Week Andromache Episode: "Tiger at the Gates"
Moment of Fear Sally Mellanby Episode: "The Golden Deed"
1961 The Americans Rose Greenbow Episode: "The Rebellious Rose"
Shirley Temple's Storybook Merwitch Episode: "The Little Mermaid"
Checkmate Anne Elliot Episode: "State of Shock"
1961-64 Route 66 Samantha / Autumn Ely / Lillian Aldrich Four episodes
1962 Bus Stop Kitty Blaine Episode: "Cry to Heaven"
The Dick Powell Theatre Ginny Thatcher Episode: "The Seeds of April"
Theatre '62 Mrs. Danvers Episode: "Rebecca"
Naked City Kitty Lamson / Maude Hutchinson Episodes: "The Sweetly Smiling Face of Truth", "The Fingers of Henri Tourelle"
1963 The Virginian Frances Graham Episode: "Vengeance is the Spur"
Sam Benedict Nora Hildon Episode: "Of Rusted Cannons and Fallen Sparrows"
Arrest and Trial Ellen Burnham Episode: "My Name is Martin Burnham"
Kraft Suspense Theatre Sarah Middleton Episode: "The End of the World, Baby"
The Greatest Show on Earth Angelica Cellini Episode: "Leaves in the Wind"
The Outer Limits Eva Fraser Episode: "The Borderland"
1964 Burke's Law Anjanette Delacroix Episode: "Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee?"
Mr. Broadway Maggie Episode: "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle"
1965 Dr. Kildare Georgia Pettigrew Episode: "My Name is Lisa, and I Am Lost"
Combat! Madame Carmaux Episode: "The Casket"
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Marlee Cole Episode: "Marlee"
The Long, Hot Summer Carlotta Episode: "Carlotta, Come Home"
1967 I Spy Gerta Episode: "Child Out of Time"
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Vera Stannard / Dee Episodes: "A Time to Love", "And Baby Makes Five"
Bonanza Clarissa Episode: "Clarissa"
1968-70 The Name of the Game Mrs. Fredericks / Angela Morgan Three episodes
1968-73 The Mod Squad Mrs. Dykstra / Virginia Westphal Episodes: "Don't Kill My Child", "Love"
1969 The Wild Wild West Duchess Sophia Episode: "The Night of the Cossacks"
Gunsmoke Agatha Corey Episode: "Coreyville"
1970 Paris 7000
Episode: "No Place to Hide"
The F.B.I. Terry Simms Episode: "The Dealer"
To Rome with Love Diana Masterson Episode: "Beautiful People"
McCloud Police Sergeant F.J. Dameron Episode: "Walk in the Dark"
1971 That Girl Frances Nelson Episode: "That Script"
Men at Law
1973 Hawaii Five-O Marian Scott Episode: "Little Girl Blue"
The Brian Keith Show Mrs. Peterson Episode: "Sean's Midas Touch"
The Wide World of Mystery Nellie Episode: "A Little Bit Like Murder"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Sylvia Mitchell Episode: "A Lesson in Loving"
1973-76 Barnaby Jones Myra Westmore / Eleanor DeRoche Episodes: "The Stalking Horse", "Divorce - Murderer's Style"
1974 The Magician Irene Denore Episode: "The Illusion of the Stainless Steel Lady"
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Ceil Episode: "Oh Baby, Baby, Baby"
1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Madame Trevi Episode: "The Trevi Collection"
1977 "McMillan" (formally McMillan and Wife Marietta Galway
Episode: "Phillip's Game"
1979 Lou Grant Mrs. Polk Episode: "Hollywood"
1985-86 Shadow Chasers Dr. Juliana Moorhouse Three episodes
1986 Trapper John, M.D. Julie Luden Episode: "Play Your Hunch"
Comedy Factory Hannah Kingsley Episode: "Chameleon"
The New Mike Hammer Mildred Hoftsteder Episode: "The Golden Lady"
1988 War and Remembrance Comtesse de Chambrun Mini-series
1990 Room for Romance
Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Reality"
L.A. Law Marcia Schwartz Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your Thighs"
Hunter Gloria Morrell Episode: "Acapulco Holiday"
Dear John Mrs. Lacey Episode: "Homeward Bound"
1991-94 Murder, She Wrote Rebecca Kinkaid / Katie Emhardt Episodes: "Death in Hawaii", "Tainted Lady"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Carmela Kaufman Episodes: "Lifelines, Pt. 1", "Lifelines, Pt. 2"
1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Frannie Halcyon Five episodes
1994 Missing Persons Bernice Episode: "If You Could Pick Your Own Parents..."
1999 Dharma & Greg Beatrice Episode: "Death & Violins"
2000 Bull Madeleine Eight episodes
Just Shoot Me! Catherine DuChamp Episode: "Dial 'N' for Murder"
2005-06 NCIS Mrs. Victoria Mallard Episodes: "Untouchable", "The Meat Puzzle"
2007 The Closer Doris Donnelly Episode: "The Round File", (final television appearance)
Year Title Role Notes
1947 John Loves Mary Lilly Herbish Broadway; 423 performances
1949 Twelfth Night Olivia Broadway
1950 King Lear Cordelia
A Phoenix Too Frequent
Measure for Measure
American Shakespeare Theatre
American Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford
The Taming of the Shrew Katharine
Year Program Episode/source
1952 Cavalcade of America "The Nurse Who Forgot Fear"
1952 Philip Morris Playhouse "The Room Beyond"
1952 Theatre Guild on the Air The Unguarded Hour
1953 Theatre Guild on the Air Cass Timberlane
1953 Broadway Playhouse Plan for Escape
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 44485052 LCCN: n77005659 ISNI: 0000 0001 1949 2816 SUDOC: 165705108 BNF: cb1389