Meg Foster: 1970s detective show glory!

Meg Foster spent the bulk of the 1970s working on television, whether it be guest appearances on TV shows or starring in TV movies or miniseries (she only did a handful of feature films throughout the decade). A lovely young woman, with considerable charm and acting skills to match, Meg Foster made a number of appearances on various cop and detective shows throughout the decade. The following is a look at a trio of guest shots on some famous detective series: Barnaby Jones, Cannon and Baretta.

Barnaby Jones - "A Little Glory, A Little Death" (April 29, 1973)

Meg Foster actually appeared on Barnaby Jones three times, doing one episode in each of the show's first three seasons. This episode was her first guest appearance on Barnaby Jones and she has quite a substantial role. Meg Foster plays the daughter of a old actress that has died under what she feels are suspicious circumstances. She goes to private detective Barnaby Jones for help and consequently a complex web of deception unfolds. Eventually, ol' Barnaby devises a plan in which Meg Foster's character impersonates her dead mother in order to flush out the suspected murderer.

Meg Foster and Lee Meriwether

Meg Foster and Buddy Ebsen

Cannon - "Come Watch Me Die" (October 24, 1973)

Meg Foster appeared in an episode of Cannon in 1973, though her part is not all that large. She plays a supporting role wherein she is the old girlfriend of a convicted murderer who has recently escaped. It turns out that he might have been framed so he is on the loose, looking for the real killers. Eventually, he hooks back up with his former flame who just happens to still be in love with him. Meg Foster doesn't have a whole lot to do here, but she does well with the screen time she is given.

Meg Foster and William Conrad

Meg Foster and Don Stroud

Baretta - "Count the Days I'm Gone" (November 26, 1975)

Meg Foster had already appeared in a first season episode of Baretta and, like many other shows she did in the '70s, she was asked to come back for an encore performance. However, like her first Baretta episode, she again was not the focal point of the story. Instead, she provides colorful support, this time in the form of an alcoholic older sister of a girl who has gone missing.

It's interesting to note that the little girl in this episode is played by Elizabeth Cheshire, the same young actress who played Jill Hayden in the short-lived TV series Sunshine and TV movie Sunshine Christmas. Both of those projects also featured Meg Foster.

Meg Foster and Robert Blake

Meg Foster and Robert Blake