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"Alicia Christian Foster" (born November 19 1962), better known as "Jodie Foster", is an American actress, film director, and producer.
Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and rose to prominence at the age of 13 in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute Iris, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1989, for playing a rape victim in The Accused. In 1991, she starred in The Silence of the Lambs, receiving international acclaim and her second Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for playing a hermit in Nell (1994). Her other best-known work includes Contact (1997), The Brave One (2007), and Carnage (2011). Foster made her directorial debut in 1991 with Little Man Tate; she also directed the films Home for the Holidays (1995) and The Beaver (2011).Read Full Bio >>
In addition to her two Academy Awards, she has won three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, including the Cecil B DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment", and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Foster was born to Lucius Foster III and Evelyn 'Brandy' (née Almond) Foster in Los Angeles, California. Her father, an Air Force colonel turned real estate broker, came from a wealthy background and left Foster's family a few months before she was born. Foster's mother supported the family by working as a film producer. She sent her daughter to an exclusive French-speaking prep school, the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, from which Foster graduated valedictorian before going to Yale University where she earned a B.A. in literature and graduated "magna cum laude" in 1985. While at Yale, Foster, like fellow 1985 Yale graduate Jennifer Beals of "Flashdance" fame, led a fairly normal life, considering her celebrity status. She would often spend time with friends at the local dive bar Anchor, and she occasionally partied in the haunts of one of the secret societies, the Manuscript Society (a scene recounting such an event is noted in Tom Perrotta's novel "Joe College").
As a child star
Foster made nearly 50 film and television appearances before she attended college. She began her career at age three as a Coppertone girl in a television commercial and debuted as a television actress in a 1968 episode of Mayberry R.F.D. She was managed by her mother. In 1969, she appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke, where she was credited as "Jody Foster". She is also credited as "Jodi Foster" for her 1970 Daniel Boone role and credited as "Jodie Foster" for her 1970 Adam-12 role. Although not a regular on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, she appeared from time to time as Eddie's friend Joey Kelly. She made her film debut in the 1970 TV movie Menace on the Mountain and was featured as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone in 1976. As a child, Foster made a number of Disney movies, including One Little Indian (1973), and Napoleon and Samantha (1972), in which she was grabbed by a circus lion. Foster continued to star in Disney films into her early teens. On television, she appeared in an episode of The Partridge Family titled "The Eleven-Year Itch", co-starred with Christopher Connelly in the 1974 TV series Paper Moon and alongside Martin Sheen in the 1976 cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. As a teenager, Foster made several appearances on the French pop music circuit as a singer. Commenting on her years as a child actress, which she describes as an "actor's career", Foster has said that "it was very clear to me at a young age that I had to fight for my life and that if I didn't, my life would get gobbled up and taken away from me." She hosted Saturday Night Live at age 14, making her the youngest person to host at that time until Drew Barrymore hosted at the age of seven. She also said:
"I think all of us when we look back on our childhood, we always think of it as somebody else. It's just a completely different place. But I was lucky to be around in the '70s and to really be making movies in the '70s with some great filmmakers – the most exciting time, for me, in American Cinema. I learned a lot from some very interesting artists – and I learned a lot about the business at a young age, because, for whatever reason, I was paying attention; so it was kind of invaluable in my career."
Foster made her debut (and only official) musical recordings in France in 1977: two seven-inch singles, "Je T'attends Depuis la Nuit des Temps" b/w "La Vie C'est Chouette" and "When I Looked at Your Face" backed with "La Vie C'est Chouette". The A-side of the former is sung in French, the A-side of the latter in English. The B-side of both is mostly spoken word and is performed in both French and English. These three recordings were included on the soundtrack to Foster's 1977 French film Moi, fleur bleue.
Foster starred in three films in 1976: Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, and Freaky Friday. She was nominated for the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Taxi Driver. She won two British Academy Film Awards in 1977: the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performances in Bugsy Malone opposite Scott Baio and Taxi Driver opposite Robert De Niro. She received a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Freaky Friday. As a teenager, she also starred in the Disney adventure Candleshoe (1977) and the coming-of-age drama Foxes (1980).
Foster made the transition to more mature roles as an adult, but it was not without initial difficulty, as several of the films in her early adult career in the 1980s, such as The Hotel New Hampshire, Five Corners, and Stealing Home, were financially unsuccessful. Due to this, she had to audition for the main role of gang rape victim Sarah Tobias in The Accused, which was to become her breakthrough role as an adult actress. Based on a true story, the film depicts Tobias' struggle to receive justice for herself. It received mainly positive reviews and earned Foster a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award as well as a nomination for a BAFTA Award.
In 1991, she starred as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the thriller The Silence of the Lambs opposite Anthony Hopkins. The film became an unexpected box office hit, grossing nearly $273 million in theaters and became Foster's first blockbuster. She also received her second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, as well as her first BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her performance. The same year saw the release of Foster's debut feature film as a director, Little Man Tate. It was a critically acclaimed drama about a child prodigy, in which she also co-starred as the child's mother. The following year, Foster founded a production company called Egg Pictures in Los Angeles, which produced primarily independent films for distribution by other companies. She said that she did not have the ambition to produce "big mainstream popcorn" movies and, as a child, independent films had made her more interested in the movie business than mainstream ones. The company was closed down in 2001.
Foster's next roles included playing a prostitute in Woody Allen's comedy Shadows and Fog and Laurel Sommersby in the American Civil War drama Sommersby. She starred in two films in 1994, first in the commercially successful western spoof Maverick and later in Nell, in which she played an isolated woman, raised speaking an invented language, who finds it difficult to be confronted with civilization for the first time. Her performance in Nell earned her nominations for her fourth Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an MTV Movie Award, and won her a Screen Actors Guild Award and a People's Choice Award, among others.
The following year Foster released her second film as a director, Home for the Holidays (1995), a black comedy starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr.. In 1996, Women in Film awarded her the Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. In the same year, Foster was awarded with the Berlinale Camera award at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.
Foster made her debut in a science fiction film in 1997, when she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in Contact, based on the novel by scientist Carl Sagan. She portrayed a scientist searching for extraterrestrial life in the SETI project. She commented on the script that "I have to have some acute personal connection with the material. And that's pretty hard for me to find." Contact was her first experience with a bluescreen. She commented, "Blue walls, blue roof. It was just blue, blue, blue. And I was rotated on a lazy Susan with the camera moving on a computerized arm. It was really tough." The film was another commercial success and earned Foster nominations for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe. In 1998, an asteroid, 17744 Jodiefoster, was named in her honor. Her next starring role was in Anna and the King, a remake of the 1946 film based on Margaret Landon's 1944 novel, which became an international commercial success.
In 2002, Foster took over the lead role in the thriller Panic Room after Nicole Kidman dropped out due to a previous injury. The film costarred Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam and Kristen Stewart and was directed by David Fincher. It grossed over $30 million in its opening weekend in the United States, Foster's biggest box office opening success of her career so far. Her next screen appearance was in a supporting role in the French film Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) (2004), following which she returned to English-language films with the thriller Flightplan (2005), which opened once again in the top position at the U.S. box office and was a worldwide hit. She portrayed a woman whose daughter disappears on an airplane that her character, an engineer, helped to design.
In 2006, Foster co-starred in Inside Man, a thriller directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, which again opened at the top of the U.S. box office and became another international hit. In 2007, she starred in The Brave One directed by Neil Jordan and co-starring Terrence Howard, another urban thriller that opened at No. 1 at the U.S. box office. Her performance in the film earned her a sixth Golden Globe for Best Actress nomination and another People's Choice nomination, for Favorite Female Action Star. Commenting on her latest roles, she has said she enjoys appearing in mainstream genre films that have a "real heart to them."
In 2008, Foster starred in Nim's Island alongside Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin, portraying a reclusive writer who is contacted by a young girl after her father goes missing at sea. The film was the first comedy that Foster starred in since Maverick in 1994, and was also a commercial success. The following year, Foster provided a voice for Maggie in a tetralogy episode of The Simpsons titled "Four Great Women and a Manicure."
Foster returned to directing in 2011 with the black comedy The Beaver, starring herself and her friend and Maverick co-star Mel Gibson. Based on a script by Kyle Killen, it tells the story of a depressed CEO of a toy company, who develops an alternative personality based on a beaver hand puppet. It premiered in March 2011 at the South by Southwest film festival and received mixed reviews. It was a box office flop, making only approximately $1 million during its first month after its general release in May 2011. The same year, Foster also appeared in Roman Polanski's Carnage alongside John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. The film centres around four parents, whose initially peaceful meeting to discuss an incident between their sons gradually descends to a conflict. It premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011, and garnered mainly positive reviews. Foster received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
Foster was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, awarded annually to actors and filmmakers "who have had a definite impact on the world of entertainment", at the 70th Golden Globe Awards in January 2013.
Foster will appear in the science fiction film Elysium, which is to be released in August 2013. Two new directorial projects, independent film Money Monster and television series Angie's Body, have also been announced.
Target of fan obsession
John Hinckley, Jr., became obsessed with Foster after watching Taxi Driver a number of times, and stalked her while she attended Yale, sending her love letters to her campus mail box and even talking to her on the phone. On March 30, 1981, he attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan (shooting and wounding Reagan and three others) and claimed his motive was to impress Foster, then a Yale freshman. The media stormed the Yale campus in April "like a cavalry invasion," and followed Foster relentlessly.
The incident caused Foster intense discomfort and reporters have been warned in advance not to bring up the subject in front of her; she has been known to walk out of interviews at the mention of Hinckley's name. In 1991, Foster canceled an interview with NBC's Today Show when she discovered Hinckley would be mentioned in the introduction. Foster's only public reactions to this were a press conference afterwards and an article titled "Why Me?" that she wrote for Esquire in December 1982. In that article she wrote that returning to work on the film Svengali with Peter O'Toole "made me fall in love with acting again" after the assassination attempt had shaken her confidence. In 1999, she discussed the experience with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes II.
Another man, Edward Richardson, followed Foster around Yale and planned to shoot her, but decided against it because she "was too pretty."
Foster has two sons: Charles "Charlie" Foster (b. July 20, 1998) and Christopher "Kit" Foster (b. September 29, 2001).
Foster broke up with her long-time girlfriend, Cydney Bernard, in 2008. They had been together since 1993. In her acceptance speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, she commented about her sexual orientation: "I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met." She thanked Bernard, calling her "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life". Foster also thanked Mel Gibson as one of the people who "saved" her.
Foster is an atheist. Foster has stated she has "great respect for all religions" and spends "a lot of time studying divine texts, whether it's Eastern religion or Western religion." She and her children celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
|1995||Home for the Holidays|
|1998||The Baby Dance||(TV) executive producer|
|2000||Waking the Dead||executive producer|
|2002||The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys|
|2007||The Brave One||executive producer|
|1988||Tales from the Darkside||(1 episode, "Do Not Open This Box")|
|1991||Little Man Tate|
|1995||Home for the Holidays|
|2013||Golden Globes, USA||Won|
|2012||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||Carnage (2011).||Nominated|
|2011||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Carnage (2011).||Won|
|2008||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Female Action Star||Nominated|
|2008||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best International Actress||The Brave One (2007).||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||The Brave One (2007).||Nominated|
|2007||TV Land Awards||The "Hey! It's...!" Award||"The X-Files" (1993).||Nominated|
|2006||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actress||Flightplan (2005).||Nominated|
|2005||Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival||Won|
|2003||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actress||Panic Room (2002).||Nominated|
|2002||Hollywood Film Festival||Outstanding Achievement in Acting||Won|
|2001||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Special||"AMC: Film Preservation Classics" (1996).||Nominated|
|1999||American Cinematheque Gala Tribute||Won|
|1999||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Made for Television Movie||The Baby Dance (1998) (TV).||Nominated|
|1998||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||Contact (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Contact (1997).||Won|
|1998||Rembrandt Awards||Best Actress||Contact (1997).||Won|
|1998||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Contact (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actress - Drama||Contact (1997).||Nominated|
|1998||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actress||Contact (1997).||Won|
|1997||European Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|1997||Hamburg Film Festival||Won|
|1996||Golden Camera, Germany||Best International Actress||Nell (1994).||Won|
|1996||Berlin International Film Festival||Won|
|1996||American Society of Cinematographers, USA||Won|
|1996||Women in Film Crystal Awards||Won|
|1995||Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nell (1994).||Won|
|1995||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress||Won|
|1995||MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Nell (1994).||Nominated|
|1995||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nell (1994).||Nominated|
|1995||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||Nell (1994).||Nominated|
|1995||CableACE Awards||Informational or Documentary Host||All About Bette (1994) (TV).||Nominated|
|1995||David di Donatello Awards||Best Foreign Actress||Nell (1994).||Won|
|1995||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nell (1994).||Won|
|1995||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nell (1994).||Nominated|
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role||Nell (1994).||Won|
|1992||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress||Nominated|
|1992||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actress of the Year||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Nominated|
|1992||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1992||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actress in a Leading Role||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1992||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||2nd place|
|1992||Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1992||ShoWest Convention, USA||Female Star of the Year||Won|
|1992||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Nominated|
|1992||Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA||Won|
|1992||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1992||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1991||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Won|
|1991||New York Women in Film & Television||Won|
|1991||Sant Jordi Awards||Best Foreign Actress||The Silence of the Lambs (1991).||Nominated|
|1991||Boston Film Festival||Won|
|1990||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress||The Accused (1988).||Nominated|
|1989||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress||Nominated|
|1989||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||The Accused (1988).||Won|
|1989||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actress in a Leading Role||The Accused (1988).||Won|
|1989||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||The Accused (1988).||Nominated|
|1989||David di Donatello Awards||Best Foreign Actress||The Accused (1988).||Won|
|1989||Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||The Accused (1988).||Won|
|1989||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Five Corners (1987).||Won|
|1988||National Board of Review, USA||Best Actress||The Accused (1988).||Won|
|1988||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||The Accused (1988).||2nd place|
|1981||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture||Foxes (1980).||Nominated|
|1978||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Best Actress||The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).||Won|
|1977||Golden Globes, USA||Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy||Freaky Friday (1976).||Nominated|
|1977||David di Donatello Awards||Taxi Driver (1976).||Won|
|1977||Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Taxi Driver (1976).||Won|
|1977||BAFTA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Bugsy Malone (1976) and Taxi Driver (1976).||Won|
|1977||Academy Awards, USA||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Taxi Driver (1976).||Nominated|
|1977||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Supporting Actress||Taxi Driver (1976).||Won|
|1977||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Taxi Driver (1976).||2nd place|
|1976||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Taxi Driver (1976).||Won|
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