Gloria Foster was born on November 15, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised by her maternal grandparents on their farm in rural Janesville, Wisconsin. She attended Illinois State University and taught school for two years. Gloria studied at the Goodman Theater School of Drama and made her professional debut in the County Theater at the University of Chicago.
In 1963 Gloria moved to New York and auditioned for Martin B. Duberman's "In White America," a dramatic overview of the black American experience from life aboard 18th-century slave ships to the 20th-century crusade for civil rights. Gloria won her role over dozens of seasoned New York actresses. She soon found herself onstage at the Sheridan Square Theater in Greenwich Village, portraying no fewer than 27 characters. She won an Obie Award and Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Award for best actress of the year in an Off Broadway production. Gloria would later win a role in "Medea." That performance won her another Obie in addition to a Theater World Award. Other stage works
include "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Trojan Women," "Blood Wedding," "The Cherry Orchid" and "Forbidden City," for which she won a third Obie in 1989. One of her most famous Broadway roles was as Sadie Delany in "Having Our Say." In 1999 Gloria made her last appearance as Lena Younger in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," alongside Ruben Santiago-Hudson, at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.
Gloria made her film debut in "Cool World." She would later appear in "Nothing But A Man," "The Comedians," "Man & Boy," "City Of Hope" and "The Matrix."
Gloria’s tv guest appearances include "I Spy," "Mod Squad," "Law & Order" and "Soul Food."
It was during the filming of "Cool World" that Gloria met her former husband, actor Clarence Williams, III.
Gloria passed away on September 29, 2001 due to complications from diabetes.
Gloria's film credits include the following:
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Percy & Thunder (1993)(Tv Movie)
- City Of Hope (1991)
- Separate But Equal (1991)(Tv Movie)
- Leonard Part 6 (1987)
- The Atlanta Child Murders (1984)(Tv Miniseries)
- House Of Dies Drear (1984)(Tv Movie)
- The Files Of Jill Hatch (1983)(Tv Movie)
- Top Secret (1978)(Tv Movie)
- Man & Boy (1972)
- To All My Friends On Shore (1972)(Tv Movie)
- The Angel Levine (1970)
- The Comedians (1967)
- Nothing But A Man (1964)
- Cool World (1964)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Gloria:
Gloria Foster@Internet Movie Database
Actress Gloria Foster Is Remembered