Date of Birth : Apr 20th 1924
Foch’s movie fame came during the height of the 1940s when she played cool, aloof and often foreign women of sophistication. She ultimately would be featured in over 80 feature films and hundreds of television shows. The actress was a regular in John Houseman’s CBS Playhouse 90 television series. In 1951, she appeared with Gene Kelly in the award-winning musical An American in Paris. Foch played Marie Antoinette in Scaramouche, Bithiah in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, in which she played the Pharaoh’s sister who found the baby Moses in the bullrushes and adopted him as her son.
Foch received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1954 boardroom drama Executive Suite, starring William Holden. She appeared in Spartacus opposite Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier as a woman who chooses gladiators to fight to the death in the ring, simply for her entertainment. In 1963, she appeared as herself in the National Broadcasting Company game show Your First Impression. In 1964, she appeared in the title role of the episode “Maggie, Queen of the Jungle” of Craig Stevens’s CBS drama Mr. Broadway.
She was cast as “Eva Frazier” in the Outer Limits episode “The Borderland”. On television, she was 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 as her husband, a homicidal psychiatrist. In the early 1970s, she guest starred on NBC’s The Brian Keith Show. In 1975, she appeared in the film Mahogany starring Diana Ross. More recently, she appeared on the television series Just Shoot Me, Bull and NCIS, the latter portraying Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard’s elderly mother.