Nina Foch


Actor
Nina Foch

About

Also Known As
Nina Consuelo Maud Fock
Birth Place
Leyden, Netherlands
Born
April 20, 1924
Died
December 04, 2008

Biography

Tall, blonde B-film lead of the 1940s turned character actress from the 1950s on, most typically as cool, aloof women whose surface sophistication only thinly masks their insecurity. Foch made a good impression as one of Bela Lugosi's victims in the enjoyable "Return of the Vampire" (1943) and played another victimized heroine in cult director Joseph H. Lewis's unnerving Gothic noir, "My...

Photos & Videos

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
The Undercover Man - Movie Posters
The Undercover Man - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Michael Dewell
Husband
Producer, writer, translator. Married 1966, divorced 1993; born c. 1931, died March 4, 1994 of lung cancer; mounted theatrical classics on tour and on Broadway and translated many plays into English; was a co-founder of the National Repertory Theater; founded the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Festival in 1973; held a bachelor's degree from Yale, and a master's from the University of London; also studied at RADA, London.

Biography

Tall, blonde B-film lead of the 1940s turned character actress from the 1950s on, most typically as cool, aloof women whose surface sophistication only thinly masks their insecurity. Foch made a good impression as one of Bela Lugosi's victims in the enjoyable "Return of the Vampire" (1943) and played another victimized heroine in cult director Joseph H. Lewis's unnerving Gothic noir, "My Name Is Julia Ross" (1945). Foch is perhaps best known for her striking performance as Milo ("as in Venus de"), the wealthy arts patron who attempts to snare painter Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) with her money in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" (1951). She was also quite fine in her Oscar-nominated turn as the loyal secretary in the all-star "Executive Suite" (1954) and as one of the fleeing Israelites in Cecil B. DeMille's holiday favorite, "The Ten Commandments" (1956).

Extremely active on TV from the late 1940s on, Foch appeared in many of the live anthology dramas of the 1950s as well as several quiz and news programs. Increased theatre work, some of it in administrative and directing capacities, took up the slack in her film career in the 1960s. She also began teaching film and drama at both USC and the American Film Institute. An Emmy nominee for a guest stint on "Lou Grant," Foch has also graced periodic TV and feature films in more recent years, including "Mahogany" (1975), "Rich and Famous" (1981) and "Sliver" (1993).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

LaVyrle Spencer's Family Blessings (1999)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Back When We Were Grownups (2004)
How to Deal (2003)
Pumpkin (2002)
LaVyrle Spencer's Family Blessings (1999)
Peg Hillier
Hush (1998)
Universal Horror (1998)
'Til There Was You (1997)
It's My Party (1996)
Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995)
Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994)
Morning Glory (1993)
Miss Beasley
Sliver (1993)
In the Arms of a Killer (1992)
Mrs Venible
Skin Deep (1989)
Outback Bound (1988)
Dixie Lanes (1987)
Hazel Laidlaw
Rich and Famous (1981)
Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1979)
Jennifer (1978)
Mrs Calley
The Great Houdinis (1976)
Reverend Leveyne
Mahogany (1975)
Salty (1973)
Mrs Pettigar
Female Artillery (1973)
Amelia Craig
Such Good Friends (1971)
Julie's mother [Mrs. Wallman]
Spartacus (1960)
Helena
Cash McCall (1960)
Maude Kennard
Three Brave Men (1957)
Lt. McCoy
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Bithiah
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Gretchen Brendan
Illegal (1955)
Ellen Miles
Executive Suite (1954)
Erica Martin
Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Maggie Flannery
Sombrero (1953)
Elena Cantú
Fast Company (1953)
Mercedes Bellway
Scaramouche (1952)
Marie Antoinette
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Joyce Laramie
St. Benny the Dip (1951)
Linda [Kovacs]
An American in Paris (1951)
Milo Roberts
The Undercover Man (1949)
Judith Warren
The Dark Past (1949)
Betty
Johnny Allegro (1949)
Glenda [Chapman]
Johnny O'Clock (1947)
Harriet Hobson
The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)
Susie Pierson
I Love a Mystery (1945)
Ellen Monk
Escape in the Fog (1945)
Eilene Carr
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)
Sally Brown
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)
Julia Ross
Prison Ship (1945)
Anne Graham
A Song to Remember (1945)
Constantia
Nine Girls (1944)
Alice Blake
Shadows in the Night (1944)
Lois Garland
She's a Soldier Too (1944)
Tessie Legruda
Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
Celeste
She's a Sweetheart (1944)
Jeanne
Strange Affair (1944)
Freda Brenner
The Return of the Vampire (1943)
Nicki Saunders

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Moll Flanders (1996)
Consultant
It's My Party (1996)
Consultant
The Grass Harp (1995)
Consultant
The Cure (1995)
Consultant To Peter Horton
Blown Away (1994)
Consultant
Speechless (1994)
Consultant
Encino Man (1992)
Advisor

Cast (Special)

Chameleon (1986)
Pottsville (1980)
Oh! Baby, Baby, Baby... (1974)
Ceil
Ten Little Indians (1959)
Vera Claythorne

Cast (Short)

Wagon Wheels West (1943)

Director (TV Mini-Series)

The Verdict: Justice in America (1995)
Director

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Shadow of Doubt (1998)
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1994)
Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" (1992)
War and Remembrance (1988)

Life Events

1943

Signed by Columbia Pictures; made her film debut in "Return of the Vampire"

1947

Broadway debut, "John Loves Mary"

1951

Panelist for the current events game show, "It's News to Me"; hosted by Walter Cronkite and John Daly

1951

Appeared with Gene Kelly in the award-winning musical "An American in Paris"

1954

Received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Executive Suite"

1956

Played Pharaoh's sister who found the baby Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments"

1956

Regular on John Houseman's CBS "Playhouse 90" television series

1959

Served as George Stevens' associate director for the film, "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1960

Last film for over a decade, "Spartacus" opposite Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier

1962

Played Mrs. Danvers in a TV adaptation of "Rebecca" starring James Mason and Joan Hackett

1967

Directed the stage play, "Ways and Means"

1971

Returned to films with a supporting role in Otto Preminger's black comedy, "Such Good Friends"

1975

Appeared in the film "Mahogany" starring Diana Ross

1985

Played Dr. Julianna Moorhouse on the short-lived occult drama series, "Shadow Chasers"

1992

Received screen credit as an acting coach for "Encino Man"

Photo Collections

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Undercover Man - Movie Posters
The Undercover Man - Movie Posters
The Undercover Man - Lobby Card Set
The Undercover Man - Lobby Card Set
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
Johnny O'Clock - Lobby Card Set
The Undercover Man - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Undercover Man - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Johnny O'Clock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Johnny O'Clock - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Executive Suite - Group Publicity Stills
Here is a series of publicity stills taken of the all-star cast of Executive Suite (1954). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
My Name is Julia Ross - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from My Name is Julia Ross (1945), starring Nina Foch. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
My Name is Julia Ross - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie poster images from Columbia Pictures' My Name is Julia Ross (1945), starring Nina Foch and directed by Joseph H. Lewis.
My Name is Julia Ross - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Columbia Pictures' My Name is Julia Ross, starring Nina Foch, George Macready, and Dame May Whitty, and directed by Joseph H. Lewis.

Videos

Movie Clip

Mahogany (1975) - Your Other Right Shoulder Nina Foch as department store boss Miss Evans and Anthony Perkins photographer Sean elevate the already-decent acting standard, as fashion student Tracy (Diana Ross) shows up late for work, then gets recruited, in Mahogany, Motown boss Berry Gordy the credited director.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) - A Fine Lady Like You Arresting opening from director Joseph H. Lewis, we meet Nina Foch, the title character, and Joy Harrington, the bristling maid Bertha, in My Name Is Julia Ross, 1945, from the novel by Lucy Beatrice Malleson under the pseudonym Anthony Gilbert.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) -- Put That Knife Away Julia (Nina Foch) splits the boarding house, speaks to Bertha (Joy Harrington), is greeted by Ralph (George Macready) at her new place of employment, his mother (Dame May Whitty) and servants (Anita Bolster, Leonard Mudie) plotting against her, in My Name Is Julia Ross, 1945.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) -- I Don't Look Crazy, Do I? Kidnapped Julia (Nina Foch) overhears Ralph (George Macready) and Mrs. Hughes (Dame May Whitty), her supposed husband and mother-in-law, and tries to use the identity they've imposed upon her with the gatekeeper (Charles McNaughton), in Joseph H. Lewis' My Name Is Julia Ross, 1945.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) -- I'm Strong As An Ox Hard-up Julia (Nina Foch) has rushed to respond to an exciting classified ad, meeting first "Miss Allison" (Anita Bolster), then Mrs. Hughes (Dame May Whitty) and son Ralph (George Macready), who are for sure up to no good, early in Joseph H. Lewis' My Name Is Julia Ross, 1945.
Spartacus (1960) - You Have A Certain Education Roman general Crassus (Laurence Olivier) and wife (Nina Foch), with her ambitious brother Glabrus (John Dall) and wife (Joanna Barnes), are guests of gladiator-dealer Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), but most interested in Britannic slave Varinia (Jean Simmons), in Spartacus, 1960, starring Kirk Douglas.
Illegal (1955) - One Shot Would Have Been Sufficient The credits ran over a murder, and though it wasn’t clear DeForest Kelley did it, he does wind up on trial, with top-billed Edward G. Robinson his able prosecutor, Nina Foch and Hugh Marlowe his attending staff, in Illegal, 1955, the third movie version of a story by Frank J. Collins.
Illegal (1955) - Napoleon Of The Courtroom The morning after he failed to stop the execution of an innocent man whom he convicted, D-A Scott (Edward G. Robinson) is despondent, drinking, his assistant and close friend Ellen (Nina Foch) unable to shake his determination to leave his post, in Illegal, 1955.
Illegal (1955) - Am I To Believe You Have Scruples? High-roller racketeer Garland (Albert Dekker) dismisses Hugh Marlowe, ex-assistant to the D-A turned defense lawyer Scott (Edward G. Robinson), summoned because he swindled $10,000 from an underling, Jayne Mansfield introduced, with paintings from Robinson’s own collection, in Illegal, 1955.
You're Never Too Young (1955) - It's Not Loaded Music teacher Bob (Dean Martin) rescues girlfriend and colleague Nancy (Diana Lynn), who’s about to be fired for consorting with a man on their recent train trip, explaining that it’s really just Wilbur (Jerry Lewis), who posed as a 12-year old in order to pay half fare, in You’re Never Too Young, 1955.
You're Never Too Young (1955) - Start With The Scalp Treatment Headliners Jerry Lewis as ambitious amateur Los Angeles French-style barber Wilbur and Dean Martin as visiting music school teacher Bob have just met, Norman Taurog directing many mechanical sight gags, early in Paramount’s You’re Never Too Young, 1955.
American in Paris, An (1951) - Third Year Girls Jerry (Gene Kelly), an ex-G-I and sidewalk artist, meets art patron Milo (Nina Foch) on the street in Vincente Minnelli's An American In Paris, 1951, Noel Neill the derided American student.

Trailer

You're Never Too Young (1955) -- Original Trailer Original trailer for Paramount’s You’re Never Too Young, 1955, another hit vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (based on the same original story as Paramount’s The Major And The Minor, 1942, with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland), featuring Diana Lynn, Nina Foch and Raymond Burr.
Johnny Allegro - (Original Trailer) A reformed hoodlum (George Raft) gets mixed up with counterfeiters and a deadly manhunt in Johnny Allegro (1949).
My Name Is Julia Ross - (Original Trailer) A young girl finds herself entrenched in a murder cover-up when she goes to work for a wealthy widow in My Name Is Julia Ross (1945).
Johnny O'Clock - (Re-issueTrailer) Gambling hall owners get mixed up with a cop on the take, leading to murder and mystery in Johnny O'Clock (1947).
American in Paris, An - (Original Trailer) An American artist finds love in Paris in the Oscar®-winning musical romance, An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly.
Scaramouche (1952) - (Original Trailer) In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder in Scaramouche (1952).
Cash McCall - (Original Trailer) A corporate spoiler (James Garner) makes a play for a failing company and the owner's daughter in Cash McCall (1960).
Illegal (1955) - (Original Trailer) A DA (Edward G. Robinson) falls apart when his machinations send an innocent man to the chair in Illegal (1955).
Spartacus - (Re-issue Trailer) A heroic slave (Kirk Douglas) leads a revolt against the corrupt Roman Empire in Spartacus (1960), a historical epic directed by Stanley Kubrick and winner of four Oscars including Best Cinematography.
Executive Suite - (Original Trailer) When a business magnate dies, his board of directors fights over who should run the company in Executive Suite (1954), directed by Robert Wise.

Family

Dirk Fock
Father
Symphony conductor, composer.
Consuelo Flowerton
Mother
Actor, showgirl. Was a famous WWI poster model.

Companions

Michael Dewell
Husband
Producer, writer, translator. Married 1966, divorced 1993; born c. 1931, died March 4, 1994 of lung cancer; mounted theatrical classics on tour and on Broadway and translated many plays into English; was a co-founder of the National Repertory Theater; founded the Los Angeles Free Shakespeare Festival in 1973; held a bachelor's degree from Yale, and a master's from the University of London; also studied at RADA, London.

Bibliography