Jodie Foster

Biography

Date of Birth 19 November 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Alicia Christian Foster Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m) Mini Biography Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years, she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968), on which her brother, Buddy Foster, was a regular. In 1975, Jodie was offered the role of the prostitute Iris in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received an Academy Award nomination in the "Best Supporting Actress" category, marked a breakthrough in her career. In 1980, she graduated as the best of her class from the College Lycée Français and began to study English Literature at Yale University, from where she graduated magna cum laude in 1985. One tragic moment in her life was March 30th, 1981 when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Hinkley was obsessed with Jodie and the movie Taxi Driver (1976), in which Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro, tried to shoot presidential candidate, Palantine. Despite the fact that Jodie never took acting lessons, she received two Oscars before she was thirty years of age. She received her first award for her part as Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988) and the second one for her performance as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Was supposed to be Commencement Speaker for Smith College in Massachusetts but eventually had to decline. Uses her own voice in all of the French versions of any of her movies because she can speak French fluently. As a youngster, was mauled by a lion and carried briefly in its mouth after a day of filming a Disney movie Majored in literature at Yale; graduated magna cum laude in 1985. Son, Charles, born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [20 July 1998] Had to pull out of Double Jeopardy (1999) because she became pregnant. Ranked #18 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] Received honorary Doctorate from Yale University. [1997] Mother, Brandy, managed her through age 20. Owns and chairs Production Company EGG PICTURES in Los Angeles, founded in 1990. John Hinckley claimed that he attempted to kill Ronald Reagan in order to impress her. Graduated in 1980 as the class valedictorian from the private academy Lycée Français in Los Angeles. Was reading by the time she was three years old. Fluent in French by age 14, she spoke her own lines in the 1977 film Moi, fleur bleue (1977) and the 2004 film Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004). Sister of Buddy Foster and Connie Foster. Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28. [1976] Born Alicia Christian Foster in 1962; her three siblings insisted on calling her "Jodie." Made her acting debut in a Coppertone suntan lotion commercial when she was 3 years old. Has said that her only regret is that she would love to live life without knowing what it's like to be famous. For Sommersby (1993), Foster learned how to handle a horse-pulled buckboard. Was offered a role in Me and Rubyfruit (1989) twice and turned it down. Has two convertibles. Enjoys kickboxing, yoga, karate, aerobics, and weightlifting and collects fancy kitchenware and black and white photos. Loves organic food. Her favorite book is "Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger. Received an Honorary Degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Gave the Class Day speech at Yale in 1993 and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1997. Got the role of Annabel Bradsford in the comedy Maverick (1994) after Meg Ryan turned it down. CBS was billed $12,000 for her hair and makeup for her appearance on "60 Minutes II" (1999), December 1999 to promote Anna and the King (1999). This total was later determined to be incorrect and inflated. Youngest host of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) until 'Drew Barrymore' hosted in 1982. Was replaced by Ashley Judd for the lead in Double Jeopardy (1999). Starred as Addie Pray in the short lived TV show "Paper Moon" (1974), which was originally a movie starring Tatum O'Neal. Never liked "All in the Family" (1971) because "it seemed to be doing the same thing each week." Got the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) after Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down. Son, Kit, born in Los Angeles weighing 6 lbs 3 oz. [29 September 2001] Father Lucius Foster left the family when Jodie's mother was a few months pregnant with her. Born at 8:14 AM PST. Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002. Shut down production company Egg Pictures in late 2001 to spend more time with her children. Was first choice to play the role of Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy but could not get out of her contract with Disney. George Lucas then decided to make Princess Leia older. Replaced Nicole Kidman in the role of "Meg Altman" in Panic Room (2002) at the last minute when Kidman injured herself. Recorded a number of songs for her film Moi, fleur bleue (1977), including "Je T'Attends Depuis La Nuit Des Temps," "When I Looked at Your Face" and "La Vie C'est Chouette." Measurements: 34B-24-33 1/2 (Souce: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Has been in a serious relationship with Cydney Bernard since they met in 1993 on the set of the movie Sommersby (1993). Her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling from her 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was ranked #6 in the American Film Institute's "Heroes" list in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV). Her sister, Connie Foster, was her stand-in during the more explicit scenes in Taxi Driver (1976). In 2001, decided not to reprise the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). The role eventually went to Julianne Moore. Is doubled by stuntwoman Jill Stokesberry in most of her films, starting with Sommersby (1993). Shares a birthday with Meg Ryan and Allison Janney. Jodie is, to the day, one year younger than Meg and two years younger than Allison. She was voted the 57th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Considers her role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) to be a counterpart to her role in Taxi Driver (1976). In Taxi Driver (1976), she is a woman in bondage who has to be rescued. In The Silence of the Lambs (1991), she rescues the captive woman. In an interesting twist, her pimp in Taxi Driver (1976) was played by Harvey Keitel, who went on to play her future mentor, Jack Crawford, in Red Dragon (2002). Has played both son and daughter to John Astin. In Freaky Friday (1976), they play father and daughter. In the live action "The Addams Family" (1964) television series, Astin played Gomez. In an animated series, Foster voiced Pugsley Adams. Ranked #4 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars" Was three, when in an advertisement for suntan lotion, a puppy tugs at her underwear and reveals her white bottom. Her production company, Egg Pictures, is named after the character played by Seth Green in The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) in which Jodie starred. Never revealed who was the father of her two children. It is said that an anonymous donor is the biological father of Charles and Kit. She was fluent in Italian by the age of 18. Producer of Freaky Friday (2003) Andrew Gunn had initially hoped she would be game to play the mother (as Foster had played the daughter in the original film Freaky Friday (1976). Foster declined, in part because of concerns that the casting stunt would overshadow the movie's overall merit. She was all set to star in the TV film The Best Little Girl in the World (1981) (TV). Unfortunately an actors' strike prevented the film from being made. By the time the production was ready to go, Jodie was already studying at Yale. Her performance as Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988) is ranked #56 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). She was the Commencement Speaker at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2006 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the school. Ranked #4 on VH-1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars of All Time. In an article published September 5, 2006, Foster told The New York Times that she is such a "'serious N.P.R. [National Public Radio]-head' - the sort of person who will sit in her garage listening to the car radio until a show is over" that she changed her character in The Brave One from a newspaper reporter to the host of a public radio show. Starred in two failed TV shows based on successful movies: "Paper Moon" (1974) and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1973). Revealed during a 2005 interview on the French talk show "Le Grand Journal" that she knows the words to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", but does not know "The Star-Spangled Banner". Personal Quotes "Being understood is not the most essential thing in life." On her role in Taxi Driver (1976), when she was 13: "I spent four hours with a shrink trying to prove I was normal enough to play a hooker. Does that make sense?" "Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from." "Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable." "It's not my personality to be extroverted emotionally, so acting has been helpful to me." "I could tell you the criticism backward and forward about Little Man Tate (1991). But it didn't bother me as long as they were talking about the work and not about 'she has fat thighs' or something. But I fared really well with 'Tate,' so I shouldn't be complaining." "Kids talk like sailors now. Adults don't want to know." -- at age 14. On the advantages of being an actress who is months from turning 40: "They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend - you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip." -- April 2004 "If I fail, at least I will have failed my way." On "Foster Child", her brother Buddy Foster's unauthorized biography about her: "A cheap cry for attention and money filled with hazy recollections, fantasies and borrowed press releases. Buddy has done nothing but break our mother's heart his whole life." On devoting more time to parenting her sons than film work: "There's something so pure about the ways boys love you." "I'm interested in directing movies about situations that I've lived, so they are almost a personal essay about what I've come to believe in." "Acting, for me, is exhausting. I'm always more energized by directing. It's more intense to direct. I can pop in and express myself, then pop out again. It's a huge passion for me." "I love to see theater but not to work in it. Too messy, and I have a bit of an inferiority complex." "What I didn't realize is how completely consumed I would be by my sons. I didn't know that the rest of my life would become so little a priority." "I'm nervous every day on a film set. The anxiety of performance is not like anything else because you never know if you'll get there or not. There is an anxiety when it comes to finding the truth." "I'm lucky that people do leave me alone. I'm not Madonna. The red carpet is work for me. I work from 9-to-5 and when I get home, I don't want to go back to work by going to an industry event. For me, putting on makeup and a fancy dress is work". "I've learned something in the last few years that I really didn't know about myself as an actor. I basically learned how to stay happy. It's important for me to be happy working or I feel resentful. I don't like it. I hate myself. What I know now is that I really need to love the director. I need him to be a good parent. And then I will lie down on the train tracks for him and go to the ends of the earth for him." "Motherhood doesn't mean I don't have a creative side that I need to nourish. It doesn't mean I don't have independence from them. I'd be a crazy person if I didn't." "As time goes on, I will play characters who get older: I don't want to be some Botoxed weirdo." On her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976): "At first I didn't want to do the part, but only because I was afraid my friends would tease me afterwards. I thought, wow, they've got to be kidding. It was a great part for a 21-year old, but I couldn't believe that they were offering it to me. I was the Disney kid." On her role as the child prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver (1976): "I spent four hours with a shrink to prove that I was normal enough to play a hooker. It was the role that changed my life. For the first time I played something completely different. But I knew the character I had to play - I grew up three blocks away from Hollywood Boulevard and saw prostitutes like Iris every day." On the making of Taxi Driver (1976): "There was a welfare worker on the set every day and she saw the daily rushes of all my scenes and made sure I wasn't on set when Robert De Niro said a dirty word." On the making of Taxi Driver (1976): "You rarely have a director like Martin Scorsese or a co-star like Robert De Niro, who rehearses and rehearses until you get the feeling that for the time you're with him he is the character. It's so real it's frightening." On Taxi Driver (1976): "I think it's one of the finest films that's ever been made in America. It's a statement about America. About violence. About loneliness. Anonymity. Some of the best works are those that have tried to imitate that kind of film, that kind of style. It's just a classic. I felt when I came home every day that I had really accomplished something." On backing Mel Gibson after his 2006 anti-Semitic comments to a cop while drunk: "Is he an anti-Semite? Absolutely not. But it's no secret that he has always fought a terrible battle with alcoholism. [Mel] was a shining example of how low you can go when you are young and still pull yourself up. He took his recovery very seriously, which is why I know he is strong enough to get through this now." Salary The Brave One (2007) $15,000,000 Flightplan (2005) $13,000,000 Panic Room (2002) $12,000,000 Anna and the King (1999) $15,000,000 Contact (1997) $9,000,000 Maverick (1994) $5,000,000 Where Are They Now (January 2006) Is directing Sugarland, a film that will reunite her and Robert De Niro, who both starred in one of the most popular and controversial cult films of all time, Taxi Driver, thirty years ago

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Birth Name

Alicia Christian Foster

Birth Place

Los Ángeles, California, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

11/19/1962
Known For
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Elysium

Delacourt

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Panic Room

Meg Altman

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The Brave One

Erica Bain

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Inside Man

Madeleine White

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Carnage

Penelope Longstreet

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Nim's Island

Alexandra Rover

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Hotel Artemis

The Nurse

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Anna and the King

Anna Leonowens

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Nell

Nell Kellty

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The Accused

Sarah Tobias

Starring In
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Nyad

Bonnie Stoll

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Hannibal Hopkins & Sir Anthony

Self (archive footage)

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The Mauritanian

Nancy Hollander

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Jodie Foster - Hollywood dans la peau

Self - Subject (archive footage)

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Daniel Day-Lewis - L'héritier

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Tom Cruise: Mann mit zwei Missionen

Self (archive footage)

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Love, Antosha

Self

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Narrator

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Hotel Artemis

The Nurse

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

Self (archive footage)

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Herself (archive footage)

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Elysium

Delacourt

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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Carnage

Penelope Longstreet

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The Beaver

Meredith Black

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Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs

Self

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Motherhood

Herself

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Nim's Island

Alexandra Rover

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Das Femde in mir

Erica Bain

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Girl 27

Herself (archive footage)

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The Brave One

Erica Bain

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Inside Man

Madeleine White

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Flightplan

Kyle Pratt

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Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live

Herself (archive footage)

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A Very Long Engagement

Elodie Gordes

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The Cutting Edge - The Magic of Movie Editing

Herself

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Panic Room

Meg Altman

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

Sister Assumpta

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Inside the Labyrinth: The Making of 'The Silence of the Lambs'

Self (archive footage)

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Anna and the King

Anna Leonowens

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Herself

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Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory

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Contact

Eleanor Arroway

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Nell

Nell Kellty

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Maverick

Annabelle Bransford

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Sommersby

Laurel Sommersby

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The Making of '...and God Spoke'

Self (archive footage)

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Oscar's Greatest Moments

Herself (archive footage)

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Little Man Tate

Dede Tate

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Shadows and Fog

Prostitute

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The Silence of the Lambs

Clarice Starling

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Catchfire

Anne Benton

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The Accused

Sarah Tobias

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Stealing Home

Katie Chandler

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Five Corners

Linda

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Siesta

Nancy

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Blood of Others

Hélène

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Hotel New Hampshire

Frannie Berry

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Mesmerized

Victoria

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Svengali

Zoe Alexander

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O'Hara's Wife

Barbara O'Hara

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Foxes

Jeanie

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Carny

Donna

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Candleshoe

Casey

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Beach House

Teresina Fedeli

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Freaky Friday

Annabel Andrews

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Rynn

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Taxi Driver

Iris

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Bugsy Malone

Tallulah

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Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Herself - Audience Member (also archive footage) (uncredited)

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Audrey

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Ein Lächeln vor dem Tode

Liberty Cole

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Tom Sawyer

Becky Thatcher

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One Little Indian

Martha

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Kansas City Bomber

Rita

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Napoleon and Samantha

Samantha

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My Three Sons: Season One, Vol. 1

Priscilla Hobson / ... (6 episodes, 1971-1972)

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