Gloria Foster

foster1November 15, 1933 – September 29, 2001

Sometimes, fame is just bookends. This was the case, to a degree, for the incredibly talented Gloria Foster. Foster made a splash in New York in 1963 for her Obie Award-winning performance in the Off-Broadway production of In White America. The show saw Foster portraying 27 different characters and wowed critics.  She continued a successful stage career appearing in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and other shows. She also appeared in a number of popular TV shows (The Cosby Show, The Mod Squad – the latter of which led to her marriage to Clarence “Linc” Williams III) and films (The Cool World, Leonard, Part 6 (oof)), but it was her role as the matronly and enigmatic Oracle in 1999’s mega-hit, The Matrix, that gave Foster her widest taste of fame. And, as fate would have it, that would be it for her. While filming the sequel to The Matrix in 2001, Foster died of complications from diabetes. She was 67.


Kensico Cemetery – Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 188, Actors Fund Plot; Right near the road on the northern edge of the AF plot.



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