Nina Foch was a Dutch-born American actress and leading lady in many 1940s and 1950s films.
Nina Foch was born Nina Consuelo Maud Fock in Leiden, Holland. Her mother was American actress and singer Consuelo Flowerton, who returned to the U.S. after her marriage to Foch’s father, Dutch classical music conductor Dirk Fock; they divorced when Nina was a toddler. As she grew up in New York, her mother encouraged her artistic talent. She played the piano and enjoyed art but was more interested in acting.
Foch’s movie fame came during the height of the 1940s, when she played cool, aloof, and often foreign women of sophistication. She would ultimately be featured in over 80 films and hundreds of television shows.
The actress was a regular in John Houseman’s CBS Playhouse 90 television series. In 1951, she appeared with Gene Kelly in the musical An American in Paris, which was awarded the Best Picture Oscar. Foch played Marie Antoinette in Scaramouche and Bithiah in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, in which she played the Bithia Pharaoh’s sister who found the baby Moses in the bullrushes, adopted him as her son, and joined him and the Hebrews in their Exodus from Egypt.