Jodie Foster


Actor
Jodie Foster

About

Also Known As
Alicia Christian Foster
Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
November 19, 1962

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 ...

Photos & Videos

Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
Freaky Friday - Pressbook
Freaky Friday - Movie Poster

Bibliography

"Foster Child"
Buddy Foster with Leon Wagener, Dutton (1997)
"Jodie: A Biography"
Louis Chunovic, Contemporary Books (1995)
"Why Me?"
Jodie Foster (1982)

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. 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.

Born on Nov. 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, Foster began life in a broken household. Her father, Lucius, left the family when her mother, Evelyn (a.k.a. Brandy), was roughly three months pregnant. With the fervent support of her mother, Foster began her acting career at three years old with commercials; most notably baring her buns in a classic ad for Coppertone. In 1969, she made her television debut on an episode of "Mayberry R.F.D." (CBS, 1968-1971), then had her first feature-length role in the made-for-TV movie "Menace on the Mountain" (1970). Several inauspicious, though regular appearances in guest spots on series TV and in several features for Disney, including "One Little Indian" (1973), were followed by a small role in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), her first and lesser-known collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. Two years later, she left an indelible impression with her controversial performance in "Taxi Driver" as the teenage prostitute who inspires Robert De Niro's deranged personal crusade. She was nominated for her first Academy Award at age 14.

Foster followed "Taxi Driver" with appearances in several features, including the uneven gangster musical spoof "Bugsy Malone" (1976) playing Miss Tallulah, a bawdy speakeasy queen; "The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane" (1977), in the title role of a young murderer; and "Carny" (1980) as a teen runaway who joins up with a couple of carnival hustlers. All throughout her still-ripe career, however, Foster remained an excellent student, graduating as class valedictorian from Los Angeles' lofty Lycée Français in 1980 and going on to study literature at Yale University. She managed to survive unwanted publicity when the mentally ill John Hinckley, Jr. failed in his attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, something he did to somehow impress the young actress. Hinckley was obsessed with Foster after repeated viewings of "Taxi Driver" and moved to New Haven, CT in order to be closer to her while she attended Yale. After slipping notes and poems under her door and harassing her with phone calls, Hinckley searched for more dramatic ways to attract Foster's attention - including committing suicide in front of her - before finally settling on shooting the president. Despite the unwanted media attention, Foster remained typically private about the incident, even decades later.

While studying at Yale, she squeezed in appearances in films and TV, most notably as a member of an unconventional family in the film "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984) that provided a bridge to impressive adult acting in films like the moody and potent "Five Corners" (1987). Foster finally consolidated her reputation with Oscar-winning portrayals of a rape victim in "The Accused" (1988), a role she fought hard to get after botching her initial audition. She followed up with another sterling performance in "The Silence of the Lambs," playing a rookie FBI agent trying to track down a serial killer (Ted Levine) by forging an uncomfortably close bond with the famed Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lector (Anthony Hopkins). Also that year, she made her directorial debut with "Little Man Tate" (1991), an endearing drama about a child prodigy (Adam Hann-Byrd) who is caught in a tug-of-war between his working-class mother (Foster) and his teacher (Dianne Wiest). Based on her proven drawing power the previous year with "Lambs," in 1992, Foster forged a three-year deal with Polygram Filmed Entertainment, which committed to financing three films under her Egg Pictures banner in the $25 million range and three in the $10-$15 million range. Foster was now able to choose whether or not to act, direct or simply produce the films, gaining rare control and flexibility for a Hollywood actress.

Foster's acting work during this time was generally lighter fare; a turn as a prostitute in Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog" (1992), starring roles in the costume drama "Sommersby" (1992) opposite Richard Gere, and in the Western spoof "Maverick" (1994), opposite Mel Gibson - her first comedy in over a decade. In her first Egg Pictures effort, Foster turned in a luminous performance in "Nell" (1994) by playing a backwoods hermit who speaks in an invented tongue. Once again, Foster earned her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Foster's second directorial effort - and her first where she stayed behind the cameras - was "Home for the Holidays" (1995), an ensemble comedy about a recently fired woman (Holly Hunter) who returns to her childhood home to celebrate Thanksgiving with her eccentric family. The film received mixed critical reviews, but Foster's sure handling of the actors - including Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey, Jr. - was praised.

She returned to acting with the role of a scientist who receives signals that may be from space aliens in "Contact" (1997), a high-minded, reality-rooted sci-fi tale conceived by Carl Sagan and directed by Robert Zemeckis; a film that greatly benefited from Foster's ability to project intelligence on the big screen. Next was an unconventional choice, "Anna and the King" (1999), a non-musical version of the same true life story that inspired the fabled stage and film production "The King and I." The film cast Foster as widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who engages in a romance with the King of Siam (Chow Yun-Fat) in the 1860s. Well acted and lavishly produced, the film nevertheless failed to be a triumph for Foster. She next appeared in a supporting role as the universally despised Catholic school instructor Sister Assumpta in the clever indie "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (2002).

Foster continued to pick her projects judiciously, turning out only a small number of films in the early 2000s. In director David Fincher's taut and stylish "Panic Room" (2002), she played a single mom woman opposite her young daughter (Kristen Stewart) holed up in their home's high tech panic room during a home invasion by three would-be thieves (Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam and Jared Leto). Foster landed the role after Nicole Kidman bowed out two weeks before shooting due to a knee injury. Adding to onset worries, Foster began the shoot five months pregnant with her second son, Kit. Nonetheless, Foster managed to pull off the demanding action role with her usual steady assurance. Interestingly, her next project had similar thematic tones and an equally contained environment. "Flightplan" (2005) saw Foster as an aeronautics engineer and fiercely protective mother, this time of a six-year-old daughter who vanishes during an airplane flight. When Foster desperately tries to find her child, the airline crew insists the girl was apparently never one of the passengers. Although the film sometimes flew intensely over-the-top, Foster's compelling performance grounded it in enough reality to make it a satisfying film.

Foster next starred in Spike Lee's impressive genre piece, "Inside Man" (2006), playing a well-connected fixer for the rich and powerful who is called in to keep quiet the secrets of a bank founder (Christopher Plummer), while his employees are held hostage by a master thief (Clive Owen). Foster continued her new millennium rebirth with "The Brave One" (2007), a revenge thriller about a New York City radio host who struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a dark journey to seek justice. The role earned Foster her best acclaim in years, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. After playing a reclusive writer opposite child star Abigail Breslin in "Nim's Island" (2008), Foster directed friend Mel Gibson - who at the time was in the midst of public condemnation over his scandalous, racist tirades against an ex-girlfriend - in the offbeat drama "The Beaver" (2011), in which Gibson played a depressed CEO of a toy company who loses everything and finds unusual comfort through a beaver puppet he finds in the trash. The film received mixed reviews from critics and did poorly at the box office in a limited art house run, marking it the worst financial performance of any Foster-directed film to date. Meanwhile, she starred opposite John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in "Carnage" (2011), a film adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway play, "God of Carnage." In 2013, while receiving the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for a lifetime of achievement, Foster acknowledged in her acceptance speech that she was, in fact, gay and offered a passionate defense of privacy for celebrities. Some viewers thought Foster had used to speech to announce her retirement, but she denied this once in the press room.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Money Monster (2016)
Director
The Beaver (2011)
Director
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Director
Little Man Tate (1991)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hotel Artemis (2018)
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)
Narrator
Elysium (2013)
The Beaver (2011)
Motherhood (2009)
Herself
Nim's Island (2008)
The Brave One (2007)
The Brave One (2007)
Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Herself
Flightplan (2005)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
In the Company of Women (2004)
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Actor (Uncredited)
Panic Room (2002)
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2001)
Anna and the King (1999)
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Contact (1997)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Herself
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
Performer
All About Bette:The Life And Films Of Bette Davis (1994)
Host
Maverick (1994)
Annabelle Bransford
Nell (1994)
Nell
Sommersby (1993)
It Was a Wonderful Life (1992)
Narrator
Shadows And Fog (1991)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Backtrack (1990)
Five Corners (1988)
Stealing Home (1988)
Katie Chandler
The Blood of Others (1988)
Helene Bertrand
The Accused (1988)
Siesta (1987)
Mesmerized (1986)
Victoria
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
Svengali (1983)
O'Hara's Wife (1982)
Carny (1980)
Foxes (1980)
Movies Are My Life (1978)
Herself
Candleshoe (1977)
Moi, Fleur Bleue (1977)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (1977)
Rynn Jacobs
Echoes Of A Summer (1976)
Deirdre Striden
Taxi Driver (1976)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Tallulah
Freaky Friday (1976)
Annabel Andrews
Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)
Liberty Cole
Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974)
One Little Indian (1973)
Martha
Tom Sawyer (1973)

Producer (Feature Film)

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)
Executive Producer
The Brave One (2007)
Executive Producer
The Brave One (2007)
Executive Producer
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2001)
Producer
Waking the Dead (2000)
Executive Producer
The Baby Dance (1998)
Executive Producer
La Haine (1995)
Producer
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Producer
Nell (1994)
Producer
Mesmerized (1986)
Co-Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Motherhood (2009)
Other
Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Other
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Other
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Other

Cast (Special)

Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)
Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003)
Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Robert De Niro (2003)
Presenter
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002)
Presenter
Ladies' Home Journal's Most Fascinating Women of '99 (2000)
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999)
Presenter
9 Movie Moments That Made the 90's (1999)
Three Gorges: The Biggest Dam in the World (1999)
Narrator
Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute (1999)
Hometown Heroes (1998)
Interviewee
Robert Downey, Jr.: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998)
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998)
Presenter
A Century of Women (1998)
Voice
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Presenter
The American Film Institute Salute to Martin Scorsese (1997)
Performer
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1996)
Presenter
The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Presenter
The 1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995)
Presenter
Hollywood's Most Powerful Women (1995)
Interviewee
Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden (1994)
A Century of Women (1994)
Voice
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1993)
Presenter
Oprah: Behind the Scenes (1992)
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year (1991)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Presenter
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
The 3rd Annual Hollywood Insider Academy Awards Special (1989)
The Secret Life of T. K. Dearing (1975)
T K Dearing
Alexander (1973)
Sue
Rookie of the Year (1973)
Sharon Lee
My Sister Hank (1972)
Henrietta "Hank" Bennett

Misc. Crew (Special)

Hometown Heroes (1998)
Film Clips

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Fisherman and His Wife (1989)
Narration

Life Events

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"

2013

Appeared in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi dud "Elysium"

2018

Returned to features in the sci-fi thriller "Hotel Artemis"

Photo Collections

Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
Taxi Driver - Lobby Card Set
Freaky Friday - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's Freaky Friday (1976). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Freaky Friday - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Freaky Friday (1977). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - Somebody Loved Him Examining a victim of the killer Buffalo Bill, trainee agent Starling (Jodie Foster) dictates notes, confers with supervisor Crawford (Scott Glenn), then takes the pupa found in the body to bug scientists (not specified here, but at the Smithsonian, in the Thomas Harris novel) Roden and Pilcher (Dan Butler, Paul Lazar), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You're Not Real FBI Are You? The famous often-imitated scene by director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, supported by Barney (Frankie Faison) and assaulted by Miggs (Stuart Rudin), meets genius serial killer Dr. Hannibal (“the cannibal”) Lecter in his cell, with shocking rude language, from the Thomas Harris novel, early in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - He'll Never Stop Having flown into rural West Virginia following the discovery of another victim of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, top FBI profiler Crawford (Scott Glenn) grills his trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) before they reach a funeral home, meeting a local sheriff (Pat McNamara), stirring her memories, in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Spook Easily? Shooting on site at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, joining director Jonathan Demme’s opening, Jodie Foster in her Academy Award-winning role as trainee agent Clarice Starling is summoned by behavioral science boss Crawford (Scott Glenn), in the Best Picture winner based on the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Bugsy Malone (1976) - Open, If It Was Raining Brains Clever voice-over open (by 13 year-old John Cassisi as Fat Sam), from director Alan Parker’s original screenplay, leading to a highlight-shot credit sequence featuring Scott Baio (title character, in his first credited role), and the title song by Paul Williams from his Academy Award-nominated score, from the sometimes beloved kids-as-gangsters musical Bugsy Malone, 1976.
Bugsy Malone (1976) - Fat Sam's Grand Slam Inside the speak-easy for which the song is named, another tune from Paul Williams’ score with kids in the cast lip-synching to grown-ups’ vocals, with the first glimpse of Jodie Foster as Tallulah, and the first encounter between the title character (Scott Baio) and aspiring singer Blousey (Florence Garland), from Bugsy Malone, 1976, written and directed by Alan Parker.
Bugsy Malone (1976) - Go Feed The Ducks Probably more provocative in retrospect than it seemed at the time, writer-director Alan Parker in his kids-playing-gangsters musical has brassy Tallulah (Jodie Foster), girlfriend of the owner of the night club, apply her charms to the hustler title character (Scott Baio), igniting his potential girlfriend Blousey (Florence Garland), in Bugsy Malone, 1976.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - The Bride Screamed Murder First appearance of Jodie Foster (as "Audrey"), after school in Tucson with Tommy (Albert Lutter), who then joins mom Alice (Ellen Burstyn), at the diner where David (Kris Kristofferson) is making his first offer, in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, 1974.
Candleshoe (1977) - Open, Casey Street urchin Casey Brown (Jodie Foster) shows off hoop skills and a gift for trickery in t the opening credits of Disney's Candleshoe, 1977, also starring Helen Hayes, David Niven and Leo McKern.
Candleshoe (1977) - And A Red Ferrari L-A orphan Casey (Jodie Foster), discovered by an enterprising associate of con-man Harry Bundage's (Leo McKern) hears his pitch, then bargains for her end, early in Disney's Candleshoe, 1977.
Candleshoe (1977) - Two Teeny Weeny Lumps Con man Bundage (Leo McKern) and his recruited partner Casey (Jodie Foster) in their first meeting with their mark, the maybe-dotty Lady St. Edmund (Helen Hayes), her butler Priory (David Niven) already onto their game, in Disney's Candleshoe, 1977.

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Family

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

Bibliography

"Foster Child"
Buddy Foster with Leon Wagener, Dutton (1997)
"Jodie: A Biography"
Louis Chunovic, Contemporary Books (1995)
"Why Me?"
Jodie Foster (1982)