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Overview (3)

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameMegan Foster
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Blue-eyed brunette Meg Foster was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1948 to David and Nancy. She has four siblings and grew up in Rowayton, Connecticut. Foster studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.

Foster's first role came about in 1969, when she appeared in an episode of NET Playhouse (1964). Throughout the '70s, she guest starred in numerous TV shows including Barnaby Jones (1973), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), and Hawaii Five-O (1968), and played Hester Prynne, a young woman who has an affair with a pastor, in the miniseries The Scarlet Letter (1979). Foster did not really come to attention until 1982, though, when she replaced Loretta Swit as Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey (1981); she herself was later replaced by Sharon Gless (CBS reportedly wanted a more "feminine" actress playing the role of the detective).

Foster began to appear in more movies throughout the late '80s, primarily Masters of the Universe (1987), in which she played the nefarious Evil-Lyn. Other notable films include the satirical science fiction flick They Live (1988), the horror sequel Stepfather II (1989), and the comedic martial arts movie Blind Fury (1989) (Terry O'Quinn also appeared in the latter two).

Foster continued to work prolifically throughout the '90s, mostly appearing in science fiction films. She also guest starred in many popular television shows such as Quantum Leap (1989), ER (1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Murder, She Wrote (1984), and Sliders (1995).

After appearing in a 2000 episode of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Foster took a decade-long break from the acting industry. She returned in 2011 with roles in indie flicks 25 Hill (2011) and Sebastian (2011), and had a villainous role as a revenge-seeking witch in Rob Zombie's '70s-esque horror movie The Lords of Salem (2012). Additionally, Foster appeared in the TV show The Originals (2013), as well as Pretty Little Liars (2010) and its short-lived spin-off Ravenswood (2013). She re-teamed with Rob Zombie in 2016 for his horror film 31 (2016), in which Foster plays a kidnapped carnival worker.

Foster has a son, Christopher, with Ron Starr. At one point, she was married to actor Stephen McHattie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Stephen McHattie (? - ?) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Strikingly pale blue eyes
Husky yet smooth voice
Frequently plays duplicitous villains or traitorous double agents

Trivia (4)

Hhas worked extensively in the theatre since studying with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Her stage credits include "King Lear", "Barabbas", "Three Sisters" and "Extremities", among others.
Was replaced with Sharon Gless on Cagney & Lacey (1981) after six episodes. CBS reportedly wanted somebody more "feminine".
Had a relationship with Ron Starr, they had a son named Christopher Starr. She and son Christopher starred together in The Osterman Weekend (1983) directed by Sam Peckinpah, who directed Ron in Ride the High Country (1962).
Stated that she based her character Evil-Lyn in Masters of the Universe (1987) on that of William Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the film, she is a pantomime villainess but obviously deeply in love with Skeletor. As the story line progresses, she gradually comes to realize that he does not truly care for her and she finally abandons him to his fate, her withdrawal of her forces leading to his eventual defeat. In her opinion, the character progresses from out-and-out evildoer to scorned woman to tragic heroine.

Personal Quotes (12)

The role I'd like to play is the role I'm doing next. I take it day by day.
[1978] Working is an important part of my life and identity. To be a fulfilled person, I would have to be doing something in addition to raising a child and running a house. Unless I'm feeling good about myself, I wouldn't be able to create the right environment for my family.
[on The Lords of Salem (2012)] The film is about what happens to Heidi [Sheri Moon Zombie]. You follow her, but one doesn't really know if this is real. Is she really being haunted? Is it the result of stopping the drugs? Is it her mind? Is it a fantasy? There are some other people who live in the building where she lives who get involved also. It's really about so many things. As a viewer, I wasn't sure which way to turn; every character spoke to me, which I thought was brilliant. The visuals are extraordinary. There's this wonderful 1970s feel about everything. And being from New England I loved it. I was very personally reminded of when I grew up in the 1950s. And for the 1692 witches, Jennifer Spence created this incredible hovel out in the wilderness and it was so beautiful. There were chickens and birds that came and made nests. It was just extraordinary.
[on her The Lords of Salem (2012) character] I didn't think of her as evil. I thought of her as a witch. I just let go. I didn't really plan anything and just tried to be in the moment.
[on her chanting and dialogue in The Lords of Salem (2012)] I call it talking in tongues. That's what the witch's coven did in the 1600s. I knew what I was saying. I didn't feel frightened. It wasn't just a job. If you're in the moment of bringing life to the character inside and out, you tend to go places that are correct on a creative level.
[on The Lords of Salem (2012)] People will have their own particular experiences. It's an amazing vision that Rob Zombie has given us, and it's a film I want to see again and again. I went so many places, personally, as an audience member, which is what I love to have happen to me. I followed Heidi [Sheri Moon Zombie' into her depths. And the film moves at a very haunting pace. While I was watching it, I just kept feeling heavier and heavier and more foreboding. I was very uncomfortable. I was so moved. It's an amazing tale. One doesn't know . . . are they witnessing a nightmare, are they witnessing the demise of someone . . . and it's so beautiful. I got all these sensory feelings, and I really felt like I was entering a labyrinth where I encountered each character and had an experience with each of them, but I followed Heidi. I followed Sheri Moon because I think all of us, in our lives, have things occur and they're very personal. It doesn't matter if you're a child and a friend is cruel to you or if there's prejudice going on or if it's a breakup of a marriage. One can get lost. And so Heidi's descent could have manifested itself in me in many ways. It took me to places where I began remembering my first nightmares. It's quite surreal in a very beautiful way.
[on The Lords of Salem (2012)] I feel that the film is really wonderful. I saw it at Sitges in Spain, even though I normally don't see films that I've done. I'm in the 1692 part of the film and recur throughout in bits and pieces as we are haunting Heidi [Sheri Moon Zombie]. [The film] has so many layers. It's brilliantly shot by Brandon Trost, and the art direction is by Jennifer Spence for the witches in 1692. And everything, of course, is overseen and chosen by [director] Rob Zombie. What the art department created for the witches in 1692 was really quite extraordinary. The artistry that went into it and the environment that was created by the make-up and the costumes was really such a gift.
[on the relationship between Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Whitey (Jeff Daniel Phillips) in The Lords of Salem (2012)] They have the most wonderful relationship. In the midst of all this confusion and pain for her, he's a friend. He's so tender with her and she's having such a difficult time. It's really like he's holding her hand through all the hauntings and confusion and her trying to figure out what's happened to her, or what's happening to her . . . there's this ally and that relationship was lovely.
[on The Lords of Salem (2012)] There are wonderful, wonderful actors in it. In my part, it was really just us in the coven and Sheri Moon Zombie, but I got to know a few of the actors I didn't know before. And Rob Zombie . . . he writes, he directs, he produces, he's an incredible musician. And he has such a respect for everyone's input. It was really a gift to be able to work with him.
[on her The Lords of Salem (2012) get-up] I wore a wig and my body was painted. We [the actresses playing the witches] all had dirt put on us, and at one point I had my body painted as if it was burned. But there are some special effects that go into the whole of the film that are really quite extraordinary.
[on The Lords of Salem (2012)] It's something to see again and again. It's haunting and beautiful.
[on Rob Zombie] I've never worked with someone so generous. He holds space for his actors. It was an absolute gift to work with him. I worked with the coven witches but we didn't have a lot of dialogue. My presence was very different. But working with Rob Zombie was . . . I felt so safe and it is due to his interior goodness and generosity. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced before, and I don't know if it had to do with playing the witch; it certainly had to do with Mr. Zombie. I adore his films. Rob's so brilliant. The Devil's Rejects (2005) is one of my favorite films. My favorite horror film, if you can call it a horror film. Rob incorporates so much into the characters of the film and how he casts it. You can say you're watching a horror film, but they're like novels. They're epics. They're epics of characters. They're so specific, the characters he created and the actors he's chosen to embody them so beautifully. He is gifted in that way. He's gifted to the sensibility of mankind and the frailty and the strengths and the horrors and the vulnerabilities and the violence; it all mixes into one. Some horror films are horror films, and others aren't. The Lords of Salem (2012) is a romance, in my opinion, as an audience member watching it. There's the romance, there's deception and some evil.

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