Ami Foster

Ami Foster (born August 5, 1975) is an American former child actress, voice artist and singer. She is best known for her role as Margaux Kramer in the TV series Punky Brewster.

Ami Foster
Born (1975-08-05) August 5, 1975 (age 46)
OccupationActress/voice artist/singer
Years active1983–1995, 2021
Trent DeFries
(m. 2001)


Foster, a native of California, won the National Tap Dance Championship after which she was discovered on Star Search as a singer at age eight. In 1984, Foster landed her most notable role, in the NBC series Punky Brewster as Margaux Kramer, the spoiled upper class friend of the title character.[1][2][3][4] During the run of Punky Brewster, Foster appeared on Circus of the Stars; she shared an act with actor-musician Corey Yothers, whose sister Tina (of Family Ties fame) was also featured that year in COTS.

Following the end of Punky Brewster in 1988, Foster appeared in various guest roles: on The Wonder Years, Quantum Leap, and Life Goes On. In 1986–87, she was the voice of Holly, the young owner of the Puppy Pound in the Pound Puppies television series. She also voiced Sally Brown in the 1988 animated Peanuts special Snoopy!!! The Musical and Lucy van Pelt in an episode of This Is America, Charlie Brown. In 1989, she had a role in the film Troop Beverly Hills.[4] Foster's last role to date[2] was in a 1995 episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special.[4] In 2021, she reprised her role as Margaux Kramer in the Punky Brewster revival series in a guest appearance.

Personal lifeEdit

Foster married Orange County firefighter Trent DeFries in 2001. They have two children.

Foster has one brother, Shawn Foster, a Grammy-winning music video, television, and film director.


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Wrinkles: In Need of Cuddles Amy Lenore Smith Direct-to-video release
1987 When Mom and Dad Break Up Singer/Child Direct-to-video release
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Claire Sprantz
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Webster Maxine 1 episode
1984 Fame Tracy Donlon 1 episode
1984–1988 Punky Brewster Margaux Kramer 58 episodes
1985 Wildside Sissy Jonsen 1 episode
1985–1986 It's Punky Brewster Margaux Kramer (Voice) 26 episodes
1986 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! Sally Brown (singing voice) Uncredited
1986–1987 Pound Puppies Holly (Voice) 26 episodes
1987 The Little Troll Prince Kristi (Voice) Television movie
1988 Snoopy!!! The Musical Sally Brown (voice) Television special
CBS Summer Playhouse Patty Palevski 1 episode
Full House Nina 1 episode
This Is America, Charlie Brown Lucy van Pelt (voice) Miniseries
I'm Telling! Herself Episode #1.22
1988 Garfield and Friends Girl (Voice) 1 episode
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom 1 episode
1990 Life Goes On Tara Carlson 1 episode
The Outsiders Girl at party 1 episode
1991 Quantum Leap Alexandra Rickett 1 episode
Changes Pam Hallam Television movie
The Wonder Years Susan 1 episode
The Family Man Courtney 1 episode
Empty Nest Wanda Sue 1 episode
Step by Step Bernice 1 episode
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special Marla 1 episode
2021 Punky Brewster Margaux Kramer 1 episode

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1986 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series Punky Brewster
1987 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Long Running Series Comedy or Drama Punky Brewster
1988 Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Television Comedy Series Punky Brewster
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Special, Movie of the Week or Variety Show Circus of the Stars #12
Best Animation Voice Over Group It's Punky Brewster (Shared with Casey Ellison, Teddy Field III, Soleil Moon Frye, and Cherie Johnson)
Best Animation Voice Over Group Pound Puppies
1989 Best Young Actress – Voice Over Role This Is America, Charlie Brown
1992 Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Empty Nest


  1. ^ #IheartHollywood. "Whatever Happened To: The Cast Of "Punky Brewster"". #IHeartHollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Topel, Fred (October 23, 2019). "'Punky Brewster' Reboot: How Soleil Moon Frye Is Keeping Henry In the Show - Exclusive". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Gina Vivinetto (June 4, 2019). "'Punky Brewster' sequel starring Soleil Moon Frye is in the works". USA Today. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Karen Belz. "What Happened To Them?: The Cast of 'Punky Brewster'". HelloGiggles. Retrieved June 19, 2020.

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