Adventures at USC Film School


Nina Foch Lights, camera, action! .. at USC Graduate Film School

Nina Foch

Nina Foch was born in the Netherlands of a notable Dutch family, and has spent her entire career in the United States, starring in several Broadway plays, over a thousand television programs and more than sixty Hollywood films.

She has worked under a pantheon of directors including Vincente Minnelli, ("An American in Paris"), Cecil B. DeMille, ("The Ten Commandments"), Stanley Kubrick, ("Spartacus"), Otto Preminger, ("Such Good Friends"), Robert Wise, ("Executive Suite", for which she won an Academy Award nomination), Tony Richardson, ("Mahogany"), Blake Edwards, ("Skin Deep") and Phillip Noyce, ("Sliver").

She worked as the associate director with George Stevens on "The Diary of Anne Frank". She made her Broadway debut in the title role of the Rodgers and Hammerstein smash hit "John Loves Mary."

Other Broadway appearances include Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "King Lear," directed by John Houseman, Christopher Fry's "A Phoenix Too Frequent," and Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30," which she directed.

Foch also sang the part of Anna in the Weill-Brecht production "The Seven Deadly Sins" with the San Francisco Ballet Opera and served on the Board of Directors of the National Repertory Theater.

When the NRT reopened Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., for the Department of the Interior, she served as associate producer of the all-star "Inaugural Night At Ford's."

On television, she has made scores of movies of the week such as "Tales of the City", "War and Remembrance", and "Sands of Time", and appears regularly as a guest star on major series such as "Lou Grant" (Emmy nomination), "Dharma and Greg", and "Just Shoot Me." She will be seen on the new TNT series, "Bull" in the fall.

For the past thirty-five years she has been teaching directing at such institutions as the University of Southern California, where she currently serves as adjunct professor at the School of Cinema-Television and at the American Film Institute (AFI). Her students have included Ed Zwick, Amy Heckerling, John McTiernon, and Ron Underwood. She also prepares directors to shoot their films.

A forty year member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Miss Foch has served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Foreign Language Film Award and serves on the Student Film Awards Committee. At USC she was the teacher of fellow panelist, Randal Kleiser, and appeared in two of his feature films, "It's My Party" and "Shadow of Doubt".

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For a student's view of Nina, see Wendy's Adventures at USC Film school.