Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, director, and producer. She’s won two Oscars, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globes, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. As a filmmaker, she’s been nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
Jodie Foster was born on 19-11-1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an American film actress, television actress, voice artist, film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and lawyer.
Childhood & Early Life
Jodie Foster was born in California to Evelyn Ella and Lucius Fisher Foster III. Her father was a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel turned real estate salesman. Before Foster was born, her dad left her mom.
Foster and her three siblings were raised by their mother, a film producer. She attended Lycee Francais de Los Angeles and traveled to France before attending Yale for literature.\
Foster started acting at the age of three. She starred as a ‘Coppertone girl’ in a TV commercial and made her TV debut in 1968 in an episode of Mayberry R.F.D.
In 1969, she appeared in episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Daniel Boone,’ and ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. In the following year, she debuted in the TV movie ‘Menace on the Mountain with Martin Scorsese.
As a child, Foster participated in Disney movies including ‘One Little Indian’ (1973) and ‘Napoleon and Samantha’ (1972). In her teens, she continued to work on Disney movies.
As a teenager, she sang on the French pop music circuit. She made her music debut in France in 1977, and her songs were utilized in the movie Moi, fleur bleue.
In 1976, she acted in Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, and Freaky Friday. Foster earned prizes for all of these movies, including the British Academy Film Award and a Golden Globe nomination.
Foster’s movies as an adult were commercially and critically condemned. With the release of ‘The Accused’ in 1988, she broke through.
In 1991, she starred in ‘The Silence of the Lambs opposite Anthony Hopkins. She won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA for her performance in the movie.
Foster made her directing debut with ‘Little Man Tate’ Her directing skills were critically appreciated, and in 1992 she founded Egg Pictures in Los Angeles.
In the early 1990s, she acted in films such Woody Allen’s ‘Shadows and Fog’, ‘Sommersby’, ‘Maverick’, and ‘Nell,’ for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1995, Foster directed “Home for the Holiday.” Women in Film awarded her the Crystal Award for her film contributions the following year.
Foster first appeared in the science fiction picture ‘Contact’ in 1997, with Matthew McConaughey. The next year, an asteroid, 17744 Jodiefoster, was named after her.
Foster’s biggest commercial breakthrough came with ‘Panic Room’ in 2002. She starred in the American thriller alongside Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Kirsten Stewart, etc.
In 2004, after a long break, Foster returned to French films with a supporting role in ‘Un long Dimanche de fiancailles’ In the next year, she released ‘Flightplan’
In the mid-2000s, Foster completed large-budget movies including ‘Inside Man (2006)’ with Clive Owen and Denzel Washington, ‘The Brave One (2007)’ for which she won a Golden Globe, and ‘Nim’s Island’ with Gerard Butler.
Foster directed the 2011 black comedy The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson. The movie failed to make money and garnered mixed reviews. In the same year, she acted in ‘Carnage’ and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. In 2013, Foster starred in her second science fiction picture, ‘Elysium’, opposite Matt Damon.
Awards & Achievements
Foster has won four BAFTAs, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Award, the Saturn Award, the People’s Choice Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 1996, Women in Film awarded her with the Crystal Award for her amazing efforts and natural talent, which helped elevate the status of women in the entertainment sector.
Personal Life & Legacy
Foster has always been honest about her sexuality and is a lesbian. Her long-term partner was Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons, Charles ‘Charlie’ Foster and Christopher ‘Kit’ Foster.