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Nationality USABirth 15 november 1933
at Chicago (USA
)Death 29 september 2001
(at 67 years) at New York City (USA
Gloria Foster (November 15, 1933 – September 29, 2001) was an American actress, most known for her stage performances both on and off Broadway, including her acclaimed roles in plays In White America and Having Our Say, winning three Obie Awards during her career.
In films, she was perhaps best known as The Oracle in The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003), the latter film being her last. Gloria Foster also played the role of the mother of Yusef Bell in the mini series The Atlanta Child Murders which aired in 1985.
Gloria Foster was married to the actor Clarence Williams III in 1967. They met on the television show The Mod Squad that ran from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The show was a police drama that featured three young hip crime fighters. In the show Clarence Williams played the black cop, Linc Hayes. Foster made two guest appearances on the show. The two also were in a movie, The Cool World, in 1964 together. In 1984 they filed for a divorce, but remained friends. Williams was the one to announce her death in 2001. While Foster did not have many close relatives, it is known that she stayed in contact with her sorority sister, Cicely Tyson. Tyson stated that although they did not see each other often, their telephone conversations would often last for hours. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.