Jodie Foster

Actor, Director, Producer
An exceptionally mature, talented child actor of the 1970s who made the transition to adult stardom, Jodie Foster gave perhaps one of filmdom's most memorable breakthrough roles in "Taxi Driver" (1976), playing an ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

Makers 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

Delacourt (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

Penelope Longstreet (Actor)

The Beaver 2011 (Movie)

Meredith Black (Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Motherhood 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

Alexandra 'Alex' Rover (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

Erica Bain (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 (Tv Show)

Guest

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

Madeline White (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

Meg Altman (Actor)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 (Movie)

Sister Assumpta (Actor)

9 Movie Moments That Made the 90's 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anna and the King 1999 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Lost Treasure of the Yangtze Valley 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Dr Eleanor 'Ellie' Arroway (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 MTV Movie Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

All About Bette 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Annabelle Bransford (Actor)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

Nell (Actor)

It Was a Wonderful Life 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

Laurel (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

Dede Tate (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

Clarice Starling (Actor)

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

Anne Benton (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Stealing Home 1988 (Movie)

Katie Chandler (Actor)

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

Sarah Tobias (Actor)

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Mesmerized 1986 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

Franny Berry (Actor)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

Helene Bertrand (Actor)

O'Hara's Wife 1982 (Movie)

Barbara O'Hara (Actor)

Carny 1980 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

Jeanie (Actor)

Bugsy Malone 1976 (Movie)

Tallulah (Actor)

Candleshoe 1976 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Annabel Andrews (Actor)

Moi, Fleur Bleue 1976 (Movie)

Fleur Bleue (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Iris (Actor)

The Beach House 1976 (Movie)

Tersina (Actor)

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane 1976 (Movie)

Rynn Jacobs (Actor)

Echoes of a Summer 1975 (Movie)

Deirdre Striden (Actor)

Paper Moon 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Rookie of the Year 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Smile Jenny, You're Dead 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)

Voice

The Partridge Family (ABC) 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Alexander 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

One Little Indian 1973 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Kansas City Bomber 1972 (Movie)

K C's Daughter (Actor)

My Sister Hank 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

My Three Sons 1960 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon and Samantha 1972 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1969 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

Becky Thatcher (Actor)

Gunsmoke (TV Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Herself

Svengali (TV Show)

Actor

The Fisherman and His Wife (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (8)

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hate 1996 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mesmerized 1986 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Baby Dance (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (4)

Orange Is the New Black 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Beaver 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An exceptionally mature, talented child actor of the 1970s who made the transition to adult stardom, Jodie Foster gave perhaps one of filmdom's most memorable breakthrough roles in "Taxi Driver" (1976), playing an 11-year-old prostitute who is the beneficiary of a deranged vigilante's (Robert De Niro) unique form of vengeance. Initially managed by her divorced mother, Brandy, the young Foster was the family's principal breadwinner after becoming a star. She gradually took control of her own career, however, meticulously shaping her development through a careful selection of projects and expert tailoring of her public image, which took a hit by proxy, when she was inexplicably linked to would-be-assassin John Hinkley, Jr. after he attempted to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Her rise from child star in "Freaky Friday" (1976) to Oscar-winning actor in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) to feature film director with "Little Man Tate" (1991) appeared unprecedented in its smooth transition each decade. Starring roles in the sci-fi drama "Contact" (1997), the contained thriller "Panic Room" (2002) and the heist flick "Inside Man" (2006) only enhanced her prestige. Foster received acclaim and several award nominations for her performance as a victim of urban violence in "The Brave One" (2007) and directed a down-and-out Mel Gibson in "The Beaver" (2011), all of which confirmed the fact that Foster was one of Hollywood's few female talents to achieve a high level of success in almost all facets of the business.

Relationships

Cydney Bernard Unit Production Manager

Companion
Rumored to be longtime partners of 14 years; Foster thanked Bernard in her acceptance speech for the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, referring to her as "my beautiful Cydney, who sticks with me through the rotten and the bliss" Reportedly split as of May 2008 Foster acknowledged relationship Jan. 13, 2013 during Golden Globes acceptance speech

Buddy Foster Unit Production Manager

Brother
Born July 12, 1957 Wrote an unauthorized biography of his sister Jodie titled Foster Child (1997)

Lucius Foster

Father
Came from a wealthy background and left his wife before Jodie was born; estranged from daughter In December 2011, the 89-year-old Lucius was convicted of 21 counts of grand theft and nine counts of contracting without a license, all misdemeanors; he was was sentenced to five years in jail for taking $130,000 in down payments for homes that he never built

Connie Foster Unit Production Manager

Sister
Born Oct. 30, 1955 Doubled for then-underage sister Jodie for a nude scene in "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" (1976) and "Taxi Driver" (1976)

Evelyn Foster

Mother
Supported her daughter by working as a film producer; managed her daughter's career

Charles Foster

Son
Born July 20, 1998; paternity unknown

Kit Foster

Son
Born Sept. 29, 2001

Lucinda Foster

Sister
Born Oct. 26, 1954

Alexandra Hedison Actor

Wife
Began dating in summer of 2013. Married April 19, 2014.

EDUCATION

Le Lycée Français

Los Angeles , California 1980
Graduated class valedictorian

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1985
Graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2011

Directed Mel Gibson in "The Beaver"; also co-starred

2011

Co-starred with Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"

2008

Portrayed a reclusive writer opposite Abigail Breslin in "Nim's Island"

2007

Starred as a victim of urban violence in "The Brave One"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

2006

Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in the Spike Lee directed hostage drama "Inside Man"

2004

Acted in the French-language film "A Very Long Engagement"; spoke French fluently throughout

2002

Produced "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," starring Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin and Jena Malone; also co-starred

2002

Replaced an injured Nicole Kidman in the David Fincher thriller "Panic Room"

2001

Closed Egg Productions (November)

1998

Debut as TV producer, "The Baby Dance" (Showtime); earned an Emmy nomination

1997

Starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in her first sci-fi movie "Contact"

1995

Directed second feature, "Home for the Holidays" starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr

1994

Produced (also starred) first production under Egg Pictures banner, "Nell"

1992

Formed a three-year production deal under her Egg Pictures with Polygram Filmed Entertainment; under terms of deal, Foster gained the power to greenlight her own projects

1992

Earned second Oscar for her role as FBI agent Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs"

1991

Made feature directorial debut (also starred) in "Little Man Tate"

1988

Oscar winning role as rape victim Sarah Tobias in "The Accused"

1986

Co-produced first feature, "Mesmerized"

1980

Worked as summer intern for Esquire magazine

1976

Breakthrough role as Iris, an underage prostitute in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"

1972

Feature film acting debut, "Napoleon and Samantha"

1968

Made TV acting debut on the sitcom "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS)

1968

Played recurring character Joey Kelley on the ABC sitcom "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"

1966

Professional acting debut in a Coppertone suntan oil commercial

1965

Began reading at age three

Bonus Trivia

.

John Hinckley Jr., a deranged fan, became obsessed with Foster after watching "Taxi Driver" (1976) a number of times and he stalked her while she attended Yale. 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. In 1982, Foster was called to testify during his trial. Foster has only twice spoken about the incident; first in an article entitled "Why Me?" for Esquire magazine in 1982 and in 1999, she discussed the experience with Charlie Rose of "60 Minutes II" (CBS).

.

"The great thing about editing is that it's about making things look seamless, about making things unconscious, choosing the most subtle choice, and forcing the audience to feel something but not telling them why they feel that way. I think that editing is probably the most subtle form of storytelling that you have. Every element of filmmaking, whether it's costumes or props, is a language, and there is a language of editing." – Foster, discussing her directorial debut "Little Man Tate" with the New York Post, Oct. 15, 1991

.

In 1991, she was awarded the first annual Arthur Knight Excellence in Filmmaking Award for Special Achievement in Directing and Acting for "Little Man Tate" (1991) from the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association.

.

Foster was named one of Glamour magazine's ten Women of the Year in 1991 for "giving smart women a good name in Hollywood."

.

She was given the Hollywood Women's Press Club's Golden Apple Award in 1991 for enchancing Hollywood's image.

.

She was named Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 1992.

.

Foster received an honorary degree from Yale in 1997.

.

She was honored by the American Cinematheque in 1999.

.

Foster was invited to deliver the commencement speech at Smith College in May 2000.

.

Foster was to serve as president of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival jury but had to withdraw when she replaced Nicole Kidman in "Panic Room."

.

"There are a lot of former child actors who are on drugs or just weren't able to cope or adjust. Why is it that I coped, growing up in a town filled with deceptive people who were trying to screw you all the time? I think I just inherited strength of character, an ability to take things that could have been disappointments or hurtful, and use them constructively." – Foster quoted in Biography magazine, Summer 2005

.

On May 29, 2010, Foster allegedly attacked a 17-year-old boy at a mall in Los Angeles, CA. According to police reports, the young man approached the actress for a photo but she "came after him [and] poked him in the chest" and "pushed and shoved him leaving scratches and bruises on his arm."

SIMILAR ARTICLES