Nina Consuelo Maud Fock
April 20, 1924 Died December 5, 2008 (aged 84) Occupation Actress, drama teacher Years active 1943–2007 Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)  Spouse(s) James Lipton (1954–59; divorced) Dennis de Brito (1959–64; divorced) Michael Dewell (1967–93; divorced) Children 1 Nina Foch ( ; born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock; April 20, 1924 – December 5, 2008) was a  Dutch American actress. After signing a contract with Columbia Pictures at age 19, Foch became a regular in the studio's horror pictures and films noir before establishing herself as a leading lady in the mid-1940s through the 1950s, often playing roles as cool, aloof sophisticates. Her career spanned six decades, consisting of over 50 feature films and over 100 television appearances.
She is perhaps best known for her roles in
(1951); An American in Paris Robert Wise's (1954), which earned her an Executive Suite Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress; Cecil B. DeMille's (1956); and The Ten Commandments Stanley Kubrick's (1960).
Foch also worked extensively in television, making a multitude of appearances from 1951 until 2007. In addition to acting, Foch taught drama at the
American Film Institute and at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a faculty member for over 40 years until her death in 2008.
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 and Stella Adler.
After signing a contract with
Columbia Pictures at age 19, Foch made her feature film debut in the studio's horror picture (1943) with The Return of the Vampire Bela Lugosi, subsequently appearing in Columbia's the next year. This was followed with a role in the Cry of the Werewolf biopic (1945), the drama A Song to Remember (1945); and a string of films noir, including I Love a Mystery , Escape in the Fog (1945), My Name is Julia Ross (1947), Johnny O'Clock (1948), The Dark Past (1948), and The Undercover Man (1949). During this time, she was also a regular in Johnny Allegro John Houseman's CBS television series.
In 1951, Foch appeared with
Gene Kelly in the musical An American in Paris, which was awarded the Best Picture Oscar that year. Foch appeared in (1952) as Scaramouche Marie Antoinette, and in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956) as Bithiah, the pharaoh's daughter, who finds the infant 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 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the boardroom drama (1954), starring William Holden, Executive Suite Fredric March, and Barbara Stanwyck. In (1960), starring Spartacus 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 series about the family divisions from American Civil War entitled . In 1963, she appeared on the NBC game show The Americans . In 1964, she played the title role in the episode "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle" of Your First Impression Craig Stevens's short-lived CBS drama series, .
Foch was cast as Eva Frazier in the
episode " Outer Limits The Borderland". She appeared in an episode of as the widowed matriarch of a lawless town, and played in an episode on Gunsmoke titled episode "The Casket". She was also cast as the first murder victim of the Combat! mystery series starring Columbo 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 . In 1975, Foch appeared in the film The Brian Keith Show , starring Mahogany Diana Ross.
Later in her career, Foch appeared in
(1988) as the seemingly nice librarian who soon advises War and Remembrance 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 (1993). Another notable TV role was as the Overseer Commander (or "Kleezantzun") in the first of the Tales of the City Alien Nation TV movies, (1994).
Alien Nation: Dark Horizon
In her final years, she appeared on the television series
, Just Shoot Me , Bull , and Dharma & Greg , the latter portraying NCIS 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.
Foch lived in Beverly Hills, California, for 40 years and married three times. Her first marriage was to
James Lipton, future host of . 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.
Inside the Actors Studio
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.
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse Elizabeth
Episode: "Three Cornered Moon"
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre Wife
Episodes: "Temporarily Purple", "Half an Hour"
Lux Video Theatre
Episodes: "The Key", "The Magnolia Touch", "Dames Are Poison", "Mine to Have"
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"
Episodes: "Blood Relation", "The House of Dust"
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
Episodes: "The Jungle", "The Skin of Our Teeth", "The Buccaneer", "Icebound"
Episode: "A Moment of Memory"
Episode: "World So Wide"
Tales of Tomorrow
Episode: "Bound Together"
Studio One in Hollywood
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"
The United States Steel Hour Julia Walton / Grace Barlow
The Colgate Comedy Hour Sophia Teale
Climax! Caroline Emmet / Emily Rone
Episodes: "Deadly Climate", "Night of Execution"
The Loretta Young Show Joan Rogers / Mrs. Graff
Episodes: "The Red Dress", "Reunion"
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"
The Alcoa Hour Brita
Episode: "A Double Life"
Episodes: "Nothing Personal", "A Night of Rain"
Wagon Train Clara Beauhaump
Episode: "The Clara Beauchamp Story"
Matinee Theatre Beatrice
Episodes: " Much Ado About Nothing, Pt. 1", "Much Ado About Nothing, Pt.2"
Pursuit Mrs. Claire Holden
Episode: "Ticket to Tangier"
The Thin Man
Episode: "Lady Frankenstein"
Rawhide Madrina Wilcox
Episode: "Incident of the Judas Trap"
Play of the Week Andromache
Episode: "Tiger at the Gates"
Moment of Fear Sally Mellanby
Episode: "The Golden Deed"
The Americans Rose Greenbow
Episode: "The Rebellious Rose"
Shirley Temple's Storybook Merwitch
Episode: "The Little Mermaid"
Checkmate Anne Elliot
Episode: "State of Shock"
Route 66 Samantha / Autumn Ely / Lillian Aldrich
Bus Stop Kitty Blaine
Episode: "Cry to Heaven"
The Dick Powell Theatre Ginny Thatcher
Episode: "The Seeds of April"
Theatre '62 Mrs. Danvers
Naked City Kitty Lamson / Maude Hutchinson
Episodes: "The Sweetly Smiling Face of Truth", "The Fingers of Henri Tourelle"
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"
Burke's Law Anjanette Delacroix
Episode: "Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee?"
Mr. Broadway Maggie
Episode: "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle"
Dr. Kildare Georgia Pettigrew
Episode: "My Name is Lisa, and I Am Lost"
Combat! Madame Carmaux
Episode: "The Casket"
A Man Called Shenandoah Marlee Cole
The Long, Hot Summer Carlotta
Episode: "Carlotta, Come Home"
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"
The Name of the Game Mrs. Fredericks / Angela Morgan
The Mod Squad Mrs. Dykstra / Virginia Westphal
Episodes: "Don't Kill My Child", "Love"
The Wild Wild West Duchess Sophia
Episode: "The Night of the Cossacks"
Gunsmoke Agatha Corey
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"
That Girl Frances Nelson
Episode: "That Script"
Men at Law
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"
Barnaby Jones Myra Westmore / Eleanor DeRoche
Episodes: "The Stalking Horse", "Divorce - Murderer's Style"
The Magician Irene Denore
Episode: "The Illusion of the Stainless Steel Lady"
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak Ceil
Episode: "Oh Baby, Baby, Baby"
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Madame Trevi
Episode: "The Trevi Collection"
McMillan and Wife Marietta Galway
Episode: "Phillip's Game"
Lou Grant Mrs. Polk
Shadow Chasers Dr. Juliana Moorhouse
Trapper John, M.D. Julie Luden
Episode: "Play Your Hunch"
Comedy Factory Hannah Kingsley
The New Mike Hammer Mildred Hoftsteder
Episode: "The Golden Lady"
War and Remembrance Comtesse de Chambrun
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"
Murder, She Wrote Rebecca Kinkaid / Katie Emhardt
Episodes: "Death in Hawaii", "Tainted Lady"
Reasonable Doubts Carmela Kaufman
Episodes: "Lifelines, Pt. 1", "Lifelines, Pt. 2"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Frannie Halcyon
Missing Persons Bernice
Episode: "If You Could Pick Your Own Parents..."
Dharma & Greg Beatrice
Episode: "Death & Violins"
Just Shoot Me! Catherine DuChamp
Episode: "Dial 'N' for Murder"
NCIS Mrs. Victoria Mallard
Episodes: "Untouchable", "The Meat Puzzle"
The Closer Doris Donnelly
Episode: "The Round File", (final appearance)
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