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Frances Foster

Highest Rated: 88% Malcolm X (1992)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

Birthday: Jun 11, 1924

Birthplace: Not Available

A co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Co., character actress Frances Foster spent most of her career on stage, but also occasionally appeared on the screen and on television. She made her film debut in Philip Leacock's Take a Giant Step (1959). In the '90s, Foster appeared in three Spike Lee films, Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994) and Clockers (1995). Her television work includes appearances on soap operas such as All My Children and Ryan's Hope. Foster was born in Yonkers. Foster made her professional debut on stage in 1955 following studies at the American Theater Wing. Between 1967 and 1986, she appeared in over 25 shows with the Negro Ensemble Co, receiving an Obie award in 1985 for excellence of performance. In 1978, she won an Andelco Award for her achievements in black theater as an actress. She won the same award for best director in 1983. Foster died June 17, 1997 of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 79.

Highest Rated Movies



19% The Juror Housewife 1996
69% Clockers Gloria 1995
77% Crooklyn Aunt Song 1994
13% The Distinguished Gentleman Grandma 1992
88% Malcolm X Woman Outside Audubon Ballroom 1992
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn First Annie Lee Moss 1992
No Score Yet Darrow Elsa Jackson 1991
No Score Yet Enemy Territory Elva Briggs 1987
78% Five Corners Waitress 1987
31% Streets of Gold Nurse 1986
No Score Yet Trapped in Silence Ovelia 1986
No Score Yet House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
No Score Yet A Piece of the Action Bea Quitman 1977
No Score Yet Cops and Robbers Lady 1973
No Score Yet Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (Barney) Kevin's Mother 1971
No Score Yet Take a Giant Step Poppy 1959


No Score Yet Law & Order
Mary Tillar 1993
No Score Yet Kojak
Pearl Johnson 1976
No Score Yet Good Times
Neighbor 1976


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