Nina Foch Biography

Birthday: 1924-04-20
Place of Birth: Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Biography A le
Wiki Biography: A leading lady of the 1940s, the tall and blonde Foch usually played cool, aloof and often foreign, women of sophistication. As film roles became harder to find, Foch proved to versatile in many areas. She was a panelist on several TV quiz shows, worked as George Stevens' assistant director for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and directed plays. Since the 1960s, she has been an acting teacher for USC and the American Film Institute. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel Mini Biography A tall, cool drink of water best sums up this confidant blonde actress of 40s "B" mysteries, melodrama, film, and the occasional sparkling comedy at Columbia Studios. Nina was born with the unusually multi-ethnic name of Nina Consuelo Maud Fock, her father being the renowned Dutch composer and conductor Dirk Fock, and her mother the stage and silent film actress Consuelo Flowerton, who once worked in a Valentino movie. Her parents divorced while she was a toddler and she and her mother moved to New York where Nina was encouraged to indulge in her creative and artistic leanings. A teen concert pianist, Nina also excelled at painting and sculpture, but it was acting that captured her heart. With that, she trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and became an enthusiastic exponent of the "Method" technique after studying with acting gurus Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Revising her last name to a classier sounding "Foch", Nina appeared briefly on the regional stage before earning a starlet contract with Columbia at age 19. Her debut in Bela Lugosi's The Return of the Vampire (1944) was followed by featured roles in other more or less modest efforts. She had her first standout role in the popular Chopin biopic A Song to Remember (1945) starring Cornel Wilde, which led to Nina's title role in one of her best films My Name Is Julia Ross (1945), earning major plaudits as a heroine on the brink of madness. Despite her obvious capabilities, she became inextricably entrenched in secondary movie fare, some of them nevertheless achieving near cult status such as I Love a Mystery (1945), The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947), The Dark Past (1948), and her last for Columbia, Johnny Allegro (1949) with George Raft. Nina relieved some of the disappointment of her film career by actively pursuing the stage, where she scored a Broadway hit with the classy comedy "John Loves Mary" in 1947, followed by productions of "The Respectful Prostitute" and "Twelfth Night". A one-time member of the American Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, she performed as Isabella in "Measure for Measure" and Katharine in "The Taming of the Shrew". She wasted no time securing early TV drama work and numerous summer stock roles also added to her enjoyment. MGM utilized her in a supporting capacity for some of their films, notably the ritzy patron and paramour-in-waiting of artist Gene Kelly whom she loses to Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951). The studio also handed her the Oscar-nominated role of the lonely but altruistic executive secretary in the all-star ensemble drama Executive Suite (1954). While Nina customarily lent poise and class to her on-camera roles in the late 50s and 60s, she seldom was given the chance to truly shine in the ensuing years. Nothing underscored this problem better than her standard featured parts in The Ten Commandments (1956) and Spartacus (1960). In later years Nina was seen less and less, but became a widely respected acting teacher in the Los Angeles area (notably USC) and has directed on stage. She also has been a senior faculty member at the American Film Institute. Recent recurring stints on TV in such shows as "Bull" and "Navy CIS" confirms the octogenarian is still a lovely and vibrant talent. She also has been given credit as an acting coach from time to time in such films as Encino Man (1992). Married and divorced three times, one of her ex-husbands is the bearded academic and host James Lipton of "Inside the Actors Studio" (1994) fame on the Bravo cable station. She divorced her third husband, stage producer Michael Dewell, in 1993. Nina has lived in Beverly Hills for the past forty years, and has one child, a son, Dr. Dirk de Brito.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 1948 Drama
The Chevrolet Tele Theatre 1948 Drama
The Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1950 Drama
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
Playwrights 56 Belle Thurmond / ... 1955 Comedy
Pursuit Mrs. Claire Holden 1958 - 1959
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 1972 Comedy
Shadow Chasers 1985 - 1986
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Ten Commandments Bithiah 1923
Cry of the Werewolf Celeste 1944
The Return of the Vampire Nicki Saunders 1944 Drama, Horror
A Song to Remember 1945 0
My Name is Julia Ross Julia Ross 1945 Drama, Mystery
The Undercover Man 1949 Crime, Drama
The Dark Past 1949 Crime, Thriller
An American in Paris Milo Roberts 1951 0, 0, 0
Scaramouche Marie Antoinette 1952 Adventure, Drama, History
Executive Suite 1954 Drama
You're Never Too Young Gretchen Brendan 1955
Spartacus Helena Glabrus 1960 0, 0
Cash McCall 1960 Drama, Romance
Mahogany 1976 Drama, Romance
The Great Houdinis 1976 Drama
Child of Glass 1978 Drama, Family, Fantasy
Dixie Lanes Hazel Laidlaw 1988 Comedy, Drama
Skin Deep 1989 Biography, 0
Sliver 1993 Game Show
Morning Glory Miss Beasly 1993 Drama
Tales of the City 1994 Drama, Mystery, Romance
Shadow of Doubt Sylvia Saxon 1998 Mystery, Thriller
How to Deal 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Nomads 2013
Hush Alice Baring 2014