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.
Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.