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Gloria Foster is a Actor American born on 15 november 1933 at Chicago (USA)

Gloria Foster

Gloria Foster
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Nationality USA
Birth 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.

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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix (1999)

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Filmography of Gloria Foster (12 films)

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Nothing But a Man, 1h31
Directed by Michael Roemer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Ivan Dixon, Yaphet Kotto, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster, Tom Ligon, Mel Stewart
Roles Lee
Rating78% 3.939453.939453.939453.939453.93945
The story introduces Duff Anderson on the railroad, playing checkers with his rail worker friends, at a pool hall, and on the street at night. At a church meeting featuring lively gospel music, Duff meets the pretty and genteel schoolteacher Josie Dawson. They begin to date against the will of Preacher Dawson (Josie’s father). Duff tells her he doesn't want to get married. But after visiting his illegitimate son who has been abandoned to the care of a wet nurse, and his drunken father who is barely keeping it together under the care of a loving wife, Duff realizes that he prefers the stability of a family to the life of a drifter. The two marry with bright hopes for the future, but then begin to face a series of challenges as a married couple. Being on the move had given Duff the illusion of freedom, but living in the town makes Duff subject to the town's social rules, and he immediately starts to have problems. He hates his preacher father-in-law, whom he sees as having sold out to the white people, and he hurtfully says to his wife, "You've never really been a nigger, living with them, in that house." After refusing to bow down to the white bosses at the mill he is fired, and subsequently finds himself blacklisted. His father-in-law finally finds him a job at a gas station, but customers who find him too proud for a black "boy" threaten to cause trouble if the boss keeps him on. Duff and his wife get into a fight because of the emotional and physical trials Duff faces, and because of the added pressure that a coming baby adds. Unwilling either to kowtow to white bosses or to pick cotton for $2.50 a day he leaves in a rage, telling his wife that he will write her when he is on his feet again. Duff storms off to his father, who is so inebriated that he dies as Duff and his stepmother are driving him to the hospital. Neither Duff nor his stepmother knows where his father was born or how old he was, and the only possessions he has handed down to Duff are the contents of his pockets. Duff and his stepmother stare at one another, facing the grim reality of the invisibleness and lack of history of the negro. The film concludes as Duff gains the courage to return home with his son, and the two tearfully embrace as he reassures her that "everything is gonna be all right”.
The Matrix Resurrections
Directed by Lana et Lilly Wachowski, James McTeigue
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Dystopian films
Actors Jonathan Groff, Keanu Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson
Roles Oracle (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating57% 2.856972.856972.856972.856972.85697
Quatrième volet de la saga "Matrix", lancée en 1999.
The Matrix Reloaded, 2h18
Directed by Lana et Lilly Wachowski
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Films about computing, Philosophie, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Motocyclette, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, Political films, Kung fu films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Monica Bellucci
Roles The Oracle
Rating71% 3.5987553.5987553.5987553.5987553.598755
Six months after the events of the first film, Neo and Trinity are now lovers. Morpheus receives a message from Captain Niobe of the Logos calling an emergency meeting of all of Zion's ships. Zion has confirmed the last transmission of the Osiris: an army of Sentinels is tunneling towards Zion and will reach it within 72 hours. Commander Lock orders all ships to return to Zion to prepare for the onslaught, but Morpheus asks one ship to remain in order to contact the Oracle. The Caduceus receives a message from the Oracle, and the Nebuchadnezzar ventures out so Neo can contact her. One of the Caduceus crew, Bane, encounters Agent Smith, who takes over Bane's avatar. Smith then uses this avatar to leave the Matrix, gaining control of Bane's real body.
The Matrix
The Matrix (1999)
, 2h16
Directed by Lana et Lilly Wachowski
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about computing, Philosophie, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, Political films, Road movies, Kung fu films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Chase films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster
Roles Oracle
Rating82% 4.125514.125514.125514.125514.12551
An infamous hacker called Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) is cornered in an abandoned hotel by police. She easily overpowers and escapes from them, but a group of sinister black-suited Agents with superhuman abilities lead the police in a rooftop pursuit after her. Upon picking up a ringing phone in a telephone booth, she vanishes without a trace.
City of Hope, 2h9
Directed by John Sayles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Political films
Actors Vincent Spano, Chris Cooper, Tony Lo Bianco, Joe Morton, Jace Alexander, Barbara Williams
Roles Jeanette
Rating72% 3.643553.643553.643553.643553.64355
The film tells the story of Nick Rinaldi (Vincent Spano), who has spent his life in one New Jersey city, getting a free ride from his well-connected father (Tony LoBianco) and hearing the locals talk of his brother's death in Vietnam. As Rinaldi searches for more self-control, he quits the contractor's job provided by his father, feeling that major events are about to happen in his life. By the film's ending, his life will change, as will the lives of many others.
Separate But Equal, 3h14
Directed by George Stevens Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Graham Beckel, Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Gloria Foster, Richard Kiley, Tommy Hollis
Roles Vivian 'Buster' Marshall
Rating74% 3.731413.731413.731413.731413.73141
The issue before the United States Supreme Court is whether the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution mandates the individual states to desegregate public schools; that is, whether the nation's "separate but equal" policy heretofore upheld under the law, is unconstitutional. The issue is placed before the Court by Brown v. Board of Education and its companion case, Briggs v. Elliott. Many of the justices personally believe segregation is morally unacceptable, but have difficulty justifying the idea legally under the 14th Amendment. Marshall and Davis argue their respective cases. Marshall argues the equal protection clause extends far enough to the states to prohibit segregated schools. Davis counters that control of public schools is a "state's rights" issue that Congress never intended to be covered by the 14th Amendment when it was passed.
Leonard Part 6, 1h25
Directed by Paul Weiland
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Tom Courtenay, Joe Don Baker, Moses Gunn, Gloria Foster, Victoria Rowell, Bill Cosby
Roles Medusa
Rating22% 1.106211.106211.106211.106211.10621
Bill Cosby plays Leonard Parker, a former CIA spy. According to the opening sequence of the movie, the title refers to the idea that this film is actually the sixth installment of a series of films featuring the adventures of Leonard, as parts one through five were locked up in the interests of world security.
Coriolanus (1979)

Directed by Wilford Leach
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Gloria Foster, Roscoe Orman, Morgan Freeman, Earle Hyman, Maurice Woods, Keith David
Roles Volumnia
Rating67% 3.354153.354153.354153.354153.35415
Une famille indienne est expulsée de l'Ouganda quand Idi Amin prend le pouvoir. Ils se déplacent dans le Mississippi et le temps passe. La fille indienne tombe en amour avec un homme noir, et les familles respectives ont à se réconcilier avec elle.
Man and Boy, 1h38
Directed by E.W. Swackhamer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Crime, Western
Actors Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Leif Erickson, John Anderson, Henry Silva, Dub Taylor
Roles Ivy Revers
Rating55% 2.7654652.7654652.7654652.7654652.765465
Après la Guerre de Sécession, un ancien soldat noir de l'Union, sa femme et son fils s'installent en Arizona pour reconstruire leur vie.
The Comedians, 2h30
Directed by Peter Glenville
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov, Lillian Gish, Georg Stanford Brown
Roles Mrs. Philipot
Rating62% 3.147713.147713.147713.147713.14771
A ship arrives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Four of the alighting passengers are: Major H. O. Jones (Alec Guinness), a British businessman with a letter of invitation to do business with the government; an elderly American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Paul Ford and Lillian Gish) who wish to set up a vegetarian complex for education and nutrition for the locals, and the central character, a cynical, washed-up hotel owner named Brown, portrayed by Richard Burton.
The Cool World, 2h5
Directed by Shirley Clarke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary, Crime
Actors Antonio Fargas, Carl Lee, Clarence Williams III, Gloria Foster, Richard Ward, Val Bisoglio
Roles Duke's Mom
Rating64% 3.2358553.2358553.2358553.2358553.235855
Un regard sur les horreurs du ghetto de Harlem, touché par la drogue, la violence, et la misère, ainsi que par le désespoir dû à la ségrégation raciale de la société américaine.