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Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster; November 19, 1962) 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).

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.

Early life

Foster was born November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest of four children born to Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III. Her father, a decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel turned real estate broker, came from a wealthy background and left his wife before Foster was born. Foster has two older sisters, Lucinda "Cindy" Foster (b. 1954) and Constance "Connie" Foster (b. 1955), and an older brother, Lucius Fisher "Buddy" Foster (b. 1957), who was also a child actor. Evelyn supported her children by working as a film producer.

Foster attended a French-language prep school, the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, and graduated in 1980. She frequently stayed and worked in France as a teenager, and speaks French fluently. She then attended Yale University, earning a bachelor's degree in literature in 1985. She was scheduled to graduate in 1984, but the shooting of then-President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr., in which Hinckley's fascination with Foster created unwanted adverse publicity for her, caused her to take a semester's leave of absence from Yale. She also received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the university in 1997.

Due to her French fluency, Foster has dubbed herself in French-language versions of most of her films. In 2004, she took a minor role in the French WWI film, A Very Long Engagement. She also understands German and Spanish and can converse in Italian.

Career

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,

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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).

Adult career

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 [[Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards#THE CRYSTAL AWARD|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 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 appeared in the science fiction film Elysium, which was 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 the incident up to that time 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."

Personal life

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 partner, 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.

Awards and nominations

List of career awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1977 Academy Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Taxi Driver
1977 British Academy (BAFTA) Film Award Best Supporting Actress Bugsy Malone and Taxi Driver
1977 British Academy (BAFTA) Film Award Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Bugsy Malone and Taxi Driver
1977 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Freaky Friday
1980 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture Foxes
1989 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role The Accused
1989 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama The Accused
1989 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Five Corners
1989 People's Choice Award Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress
1990 British Academy (BAFTA) Film Award Best Actress in a Leading Role The Accused
1992 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Saturn Award Best Actress The Silence of the Lambs
1992 British Academy (BAFTA) Film Award Best Actress in a Leading Role The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama The Silence of the Lambs
1992 People's Choice Award Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress
1994 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Nell
1995 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama Nell
1995 People's Choice Award Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress Nell
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role Nell
1998 Saturn Award Best Actress Contact
1998 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama Contact
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Made for Television Movie '
2003 Saturn Award Best Actress Panic Room
2006 Saturn Award Best Actress Flightplan
2008 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama '
2008 People's Choice Award Favorite Female Action Star
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Actress " Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Carnage
2013 Golden Globe Award Cecil B. DeMille Award

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1968"1970 Mayberry, R.F.D. bit parts in 2 episodes TV series
1969 The Doris Day Show Jenny Benson TV series, season 1: "The Baby Sitter"
1969 Julia Cindy Blanchard TV series, season 2 episode 9: "Romeo and Julia"
1969 Gunsmoke Susan Sadler TV series, season 15 episode 13: "The Roots of Fear"
1970 Menace on the Mountain Suellen McIver TV movie in 2 parts "The Wonderful World of Disney"
1970 Daniel Boone Rachel TV series, season 6, episode 24: "Bringing Up Josh"
1970 Adam 12 Mary Bennett TV series, season 3, episode 6: "Log 55 Missing Girl"
1970 Nanny and the Professor Angela TV series, season 1 episode 4: "The Scientific Approach"
1971 My Three Sons Priscilla Hobson TV series, season 11
1971 Gunsmoke Patricia TV series, season 17, episode 15: "P.S. Murry Christmas"
1972 Bonanza Bluebird TV series, season 13, episode 24: "A Place to Hide"
1972 Ghost Story (Circle of Fear) Judy TV series, season 1, episode 8: "House of Evil"
1972 My Sister Hank Henrietta "Hank" Bennett TV movie
1972 Napoleon and Samantha Samantha
1972 Kansas City Bomber Rita
1972 ' Anne Chan (voice) TV series
1972 Ironside Pip Morrison TV series, season 5, episode 20, "Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Murder"
1973 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Elizabeth Henderson TV series
1973 Rookie of the Year Sharon Lee TV
1973 Alexander Sue TV
1973 The Partridge Family Julie TV series, season 3 episode 18 "The Eleven Year Itch"
1973 Love Story Ellie Madison TV series, season 1 episode 10 "The Youngest Lovers"
1973 Tom Sawyer Becky Thatcher
1973 Kung Fu Alethea Patricia Ingram TV series, season 1, episode 11: "Alethea"
1973 The New Perry Mason Hildy Haynes TV series, season 1, episode 6: "The Case of the Deadly Deeds"
1973 One Little Indian Martha McIver
1973 ' Pugsley (voice) TV series
1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Audrey
1974 Smile, Jenny, You're Dead (Harry O) Liberty Cole TV
1974 Paper Moon Addie Loggins TV series
1975 Medical Center Ivy TV series, season 6, episode 17: "The Captives"
1975 ' T.K. Dearing TV
1976 Taxi Driver Iris Steensma BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
David di Donatello Special David Award
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated"?Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1976 Echoes of a Summer Deirdre Striden aka The Last Castle
1976 Bugsy Malone Tallulah BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1976 ' Rynn Jacobs Saturn Award for Best Actress
1976 Freaky Friday Annabel Andrews/ Ellen Andrews Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1977 Moi, fleur bleue Isabelle Tristan (aka Fleur bleue) aka Stop Calling Me Baby!
1977 Casotto Teresina Fedeli aka Beach House
1977 Candleshoe Casey Brown
1980 Foxes Jeanie Nominated"?Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Major Motion Picture
1980 Carny Donna
1982 O'Hara's Wife Barbara O'Hara
1983 Svengali Zoe Alexander
1984 ' Frannie Berry
1984 The Blood of Others Hélène Bertrand aka Le Sang des autres
1986 Mesmerized Victoria Thompson aka My Letter to George
1987 Five Corners Linda Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
1987 Siesta Nancy
1988 Stealing Home Katie Chandler
1988 ' Sarah Tobias Academy Award for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated"?Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1990 Catchfire Anne Benton aka Backtrack
1991 ' Clarice Starling Academy Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Actress
1991 Little Man Tate Dede Tate Also director
1992 Shadows and Fog Prostitute
1993 Sommersby Laurel Sommersby
1994 Maverick Mrs. Annabelle Bransford
1994 Nell Nell Kellty Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (tied with Linda Fiorentino for The Last Seduction)
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Camera Award for Best International Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
Nominated"?MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1996 Frasier Marlene (voice) TV series, episode "Moon Dance"
1997 ' Betty (voice) TV series, episode "Never Again"
1997 Contact Dr. Eleanor Arroway Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
1999 Anna and the King Anna Leonowens
2002 ' Sister Assumpta
2002 Panic Room Meg Altman Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Actress
2002 Tusker Minnie Animated voice over
2003 Abby Singer Herself
2004 ' Elodie Gordes Un long dimanche de fiançailles
2005 Flightplan Kyle Pratt Nominated"?Saturn Award for Best Actress
2005 Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony Herself Guest appearance in episode 8
2006 Inside Man Madeline White
2007 ' Erica Bain Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
Nominated"?Irish Film Award for Best International Actress
Nominated"?St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
2008 Nim's Island Alexandra Rover
2009 ' Maggie Simpson (voice) TV series, episode: "Four Great Women and a Manicure"
2011 ' Meredith Black Also director
2011 Carnage Penelope Longstreet Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated"?San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2013 Elysium Secretary Jessica Delacourt
Producer
Year Title Notes
1986 Mesmerized co-producer
1994 Nell
1995 Home for the Holidays
1998 ' (TV) executive producer
2000 Waking the Dead executive producer
2002 '
2007 ' executive producer
Director
Year Title Notes
1988 Tales from the Darkside (1 episode, "Do Not Open This Box")
1991 Little Man Tate
1995 Home for the Holidays
2011 '
2013 Orange Is the New Black (1 episode, "Lesbian Request Denied")


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