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.



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

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:

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.

Morgan Vallin: That bulge in your coat pocket - the gun with which you shot the detective, no doubt.
Johnny Allegro: No doubt.
Morgan Vallin: Give it to me.
[Allegro gives the gun to Vallin]
Morgan Vallin: Ugly, noisy, smelly. No skill needed. A stupid, dangerous toy. Any doddering fool without muscle or talent could fire that.
[He picks up a bow and arrow]
Morgan Vallin: Now this - this is something different. Strength, skill, grace. A weapon for a man of culture.
Johnny Allegro: In a tough spot, give me a trigger instead of a piece of string.
[Vallin draws the bow and points it at Allegro]
Morgan Vallin: You're in a tight spot now, or didn't you know it?
Johnny Allegro: Maybe I'm not very bright.
Morgan Vallin: Either you're a very brave man, or you underestimate me. And I will not be underestimated. Do you hear?
[He fires the arrow and hits the mounted head of a ram on the far wall. The hit is directly between the eyes]
Johnny Allegro: Not a bad shot.
Morgan Vallin: Thank you. Would you care to demonstrate your skill with this thing?
[He hands the gun back to him]
Johnny Allegro: I couldn't match that with a shotgun. You win, Mr. Vallin.
Morgan Vallin: Just get the feel of this bow.
[He takes back the gun and gives Allegro the bow]
Morgan Vallin: Pull back on that string. Takes muscle to pull 70 pounds, doesn't it? That bow will outshoot anything but a high-powered rifle. An arrow from it is more deadly than a bullet. Why, I've killed antelope, wild boar, mountain lions...
Johnny Allegro: Suppose a man wanted to commit suicide with a thing like this. How would he go about it?
Morgan Vallin: You have a sense of humor. I like that. And it's not inconceivable that I might like you. You no doubt need some rest.
Johnny Allegro: Sounds like a good idea. I could use a little sleep.
Morgan Vallin: [Vallin speaks to the servant] Take the gentleman's things and show him up to the guest room.
Johnny Allegro: Oh, I don't have any things. I didn't get a chance to pack.
Morgan Vallin: Who knows? Perhaps you have enough. Maybe more than you need.
Johnny Allegro: Good night. Good night, Mrs. Vallin.
Glenda Chapman: Good night, Johnny.
[Allegro leaves the room]

Bithiah: Your tongue will dig your grave, Memnet!
[Reminding Memnet of her vow, when she noticed the ark, 30 years earlier]

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Nina Foch Facts
Her father, Dirk Fock, was born in Batavia, Java (where her grandfather was governor general of the Dutch East Indies) on June 18, 1886. He died in Locarno, Switzerland on May 24, 1973. He studied, composed and conducted orchestral music in Europe, but made his American Debut as conductor with a specially assembled orchestra at Carnegie Hall in N.Y. on April 12, 1920; also conducted orchestral groups elsewhere in the U.S., and in Vienna.

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

Played the first person whose murder was investigated by the TV detective Lt. Columbo; killed in the pilot episode/TV movie Prescription: Murder (1968) (TV).

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