But she is one of the few character actresses to grace horror and SF genre pictures with her talent who has probably never needed to wear painful or blinding contact lenses, because her ice-colored eyes are naturally so otherworldly that no make-up effects are needed to improve upon them.
Born in Reading, PA, in 1948, Foster has appeared in over 100 movies and television series. Her greatest television claim to fame was is as one half of the original "Cagney & Lacey" team... until she was replaced by Sharon Gles because the network wanted "someone more feminine" in the role. (Yeah... it sounds bizarre to me, too.)
On her resume are many horror films, thrillers and SF flicks that often that often come up when fans list the ones they love (or the ones they love to hate). Among her genre credits is a made-for-television version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow" (1980), "The Wind", "Desperate", and the not-as-bad-as-they'll-have-you-believe "Masters of the Universe" (all in 1987), John Carpenter's alien stealth invasion conspiracy flick "They Live" (1988), "Leviathan" (1989), the Charles Band-produced freak-fests of "Oblivion" and "Shruken Heads" (both in 1994),. "Lost Valley (1998), and "Sebastian" and "The Lords of Salem ( both in 2011).
Foster is also involved with two in-production horror films, both slated for 2013 release dates: "Tormented Souls" and "Go Straight to Hell".