Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RIP Ruth Foster

ObituaryPrint SharePosted: Wed., Jun. 6, 2012, 5:13pm PT
Actress Ruth Foster dies at 92
Played postmistress on 'Little House'
By Variety Staff

Actress Ruth E. Foster, best known for her role of Mrs. Foster, the postmistress on "Little House on the Prairie," died of natural causes in Del Mar, Calif., on May 11. She was 92.

Foster traveled with vaudeville dance troupes in the early 1930s. She married comedian Bobby Pinkus, aka Peter J. Accardy, in 1939; they worked up a routine together and entertained troops in the South Pacific during WWII.

She broke into television in the 1950s on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "The Spike Jones Show." She recurred on "Ben Casey" in the early 1960s and guested on "Bonanza" before appearing in 61 episodes of "Little House on the Prairie" in the 1970s and '80s plus three "Little House" telepics. She also guested on Michael Landon series "Highway to Heaven" in 1989.

Foster danced professionally in the Palm Springs and Branson Follies until the age of 85.

Survivors include a son; a grandson; two great-grandsons; and a niece.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn White Chapel.


Born: 1/29/1920, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 5/12/2012, Del Mar, California, U.S.A.

Ruth Foster's westerns - actress:
Bonanza (TV) - 1969 (woman on street)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1974-1983 (Mrs. Melinda Foster)
Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (TV) - 1984 (Melinda Foster)
Little House: The Last Farewell (TV) - 1984 (Mrs. Foster)


  1. RIP Ruth. You were a cousin to my Dad. He talked about you many times and we have pictures of you when you were on the Ben Casey show. You lived a long and full life. Condolences to your family.

    Jack Stem
    Grandson of your aunt Stella

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