Julianna McCarthy (born August 17, 1929) is an American actress. McCarthy was an original cast member of the soap opera The Young and the Restless, starring as matriarch Liz Foster, Jill Foster Abbott's mother, from 1973 to 1986. She reprised the role in 1993, 2003–2004, and 2008. She returned for her final appearance in the role in June, 2010. While she was taken off of contract in late fall 1982 and didn't make appearances for months, she was brought back on a recurring basis in time for the show's tenth anniversary, appearing semi-regularly for the next couple of years until Liz moved to London.