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.