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Also Known As: Alicia Christian Foster Died:
Born: November 19, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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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...

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.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Beaver, The (2011)
2.
  Home for the Holidays (1995) Director
3.
  Little Man Tate (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Elysium (2013)
2.
 Beaver, The (2011)
3.
 Motherhood (2009)
4.
 Nim's Island (2008)
5.
6.
 Brave One, The (2007)
7.
 Flightplan (2005) Kyle Sherin
9.
 Panic Room (2002) Meg Altman
10.
 Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The (2001) Sister Assumpta
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Milestones close milestones

1965:
Began reading at age three
1966:
Professional acting debut in a Coppertone suntan oil commercial
1969:
Made TV acting debut on the sitcom "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS)
1969:
Played recurring character Joey Kelley on the ABC sitcom "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"
1972:
Feature film acting debut, "Napoleon and Samantha"
1976:
Breakthrough role as Iris, an underage prostitute in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"
1980:
Worked as summer intern for <i>Esquire</i> magazine
1986:
Co-produced first feature, "Mesmerized"
1988:
Oscar winning role as rape victim Sarah Tobias in "The Accused"
1991:
Made feature directorial debut (also starred) in "Little Man Tate"
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"
1994:
Produced (also starred) first production under Egg Pictures banner, "Nell"
1995:
Directed second feature, "Home for the Holidays" starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr
1997:
Starred alongside Matthew McConaughey in her first sci-fi movie "Contact"
1998:
Debut as TV producer, "The Baby Dance" (Showtime); earned an Emmy nomination
2001:
Closed Egg Productions (November)
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"
2004:
Acted in the French-language film "A Very Long Engagement"; spoke French fluently throughout
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in the Spike Lee directed hostage drama "Inside Man"
2007:
Starred as a victim of urban violence in "The Brave One"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2008:
Portrayed a reclusive writer opposite Abigail Breslin in "Nim's Island"
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"
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Education

Le Lycée Français: Los Angeles , California - 1980
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1985

Notes

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".

"[Jodie] was never a traditional-looking girl. And I think that has a lot to do with her success. It was just at the beginning of women's liberation, and she kind of personified that in a child. She had a strength and uncoquettishness. Maybe it comes from being raised without a father to say, 'Turn around and show Daddy how pretty you look.'" --Evelyn Foster, Jodie's mother, interviewed in American Film

"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." --Jodie Foster, discussing her directorial debut, "Little Man Tate" in the New York Post, October 15, 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 (1991).

Named one of Glamour magazine's ten women of the year (1991) for "giving smart women a good name in Hollywood".

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

Named Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University (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.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Evelyn Foster. Foster's manager; divorced when Foster was a few months old.
father:
Lucius Foster III. Left family when Foster's mother was a few months pregnant with her.
sister:
Lucinda Foster. Older; born c. 1954.
sister:
Constance Foster. Older; born c. 1956.
brother:
Buddy Foster. Former child actor, construction worker. Older; born c. 1958; wrote biography of sister.
son:
Charles Foster. Born on July 20, 1998 in Los Angeles.
son:
Kit Foster. Born on September 29, 2001 in Los Angeles.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Why Me?"
"Jodie: A Biography" Contemporary Books
"Foster Child" Dutton

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