Nina Foch Overview:

Legendary actress, Nina Foch, was born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock on Apr 20, 1924 in Leiden, Netherlands. Foch died at the age of 84 on Dec 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

MINI BIO:

Aristocratic, cool, resourceful, blonde, Dutch-born Hollywood actress, the daughter of composer-conductor Dirk Fock and actress Consuelo Flowerton (1900-1965). She gave some excellent performances in the mid-forties that might have set her up for a star career, but she lacked a definitive personality and, after a spell in television and theatre, was confined to top supporting roles. Oscar nominated for Executive Smile.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Foch was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1954Best Supporting ActressExecutive Suite (1954)Erica MartinNominated
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She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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Nina Foch Quotes:

Ralph Hughes: Marion, darling. How do you feel? Why, you look better this morning, much better! Doesn't she, Mother?
Mrs. Hughes: Indeed she does!
Julia Ross: My name isn't Marion, and I'm not married to you or anyone. I was engaged as a secretary! Now what does this all mean? Why did we leave London?
Mrs. Hughes: You haven't forgotten us again, have you, Marion?
Julia Ross: I'm not Marion, and you know it.
Mrs. Hughes: All right, dear. Let's not argue. Let's just have our tea, and perhaps another nap, and then you'll feel much better.
Ralph Hughes: I'm afraid it's cold.
Mrs. Hughes: Alice, bring some more hot water quickly, please.
Alice: Yes, mum.
Julia Ross: I don't know what this is all about, but I promise you some very serious trouble unless you stop it immediately. You know perfectly well I'm Julia Ross.
Mrs. Hughes: Marion, dear, please don't excite yourself so. You'll just bring on another attack.
Julia Ross: Attack? Attack of what?
Mrs. Hughes: Nerves, dear, just nerves. Oh, we do so want you to know you're with your own family!
Julia Ross: Nonsense!
Ralph Hughes: Marion, darling!
[He grasps her by her arm]
Ralph Hughes: Control yourself!
Julia Ross: Let me go.
Mrs. Hughes: We're doing everything in our power to make you well again.
Julia Ross: [Ralph's grasp becomes painful] Let me go! If you don't stop this, I'll have you arrested!
[Clearly Ralph's grip is unbearable]
Julia Ross: Why are you doing this? It's so stupid, so silly!


Bithiah: I am the Pharaoh's daughter, and this is my son. He shall be reared in my house, as the prince of the two lands.
Memnet: My mother and her mother before her were branded into the Pharaoh's service. I will not see you make this son of slaves a prince of Egypt.
Bithiah: You will see it, Memnet. You will see him walk with his head among the eagles. You will serve him as you serve me. Fill the ark with water sink it into silence.
[Memnet then shoved the floating ark, into the Nile, but kept the Hebrew cloth]
Bithiah: Raise your hands, Memnet. What you have buried in the Nile will remain buried in your heart. Swear it.
Memnet: I will be silent.
Bithiah: The day you break that oath will be the last your eyes shall ever see.


Julia Ross: The next time I apply for a job, I'll ask for *their* references.


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Nina and her husband James Lipton became lifelong friends with Diana Ross after co-starring with her in Mahogany (1975).

Fell ill while teaching "Directing the Actor," a popular course at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where she taught for 40 years. She died a day later at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of complications from long-term myelodysplasia, a blood disorder.

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta, but was also dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi (in My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)); Rina Morelli (in The Ten Commandments (1956)) and Giovanna Scotto.

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