Jodie Foster

BirthDay:

19 Nov 1962

BirthPlace:

Los Angeles, California, USA

BirthName:

Alicia Christian Foster

Bio:

Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth. Her older siblings nicknamed her "Jodie", a name she has used in her profession. She started her career at the age of two and made commercials for four years before making her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968), on which her brother, Buddy Foster, was a regular. She stayed very busy as a child actress, working on television programs such as The Doris Day Show (1968), Adam-12 (1968), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969), The Partridge Family (1970), Bonanza (1959), and Gunsmoke (1955). In movies, her roles included playing Raquel Welch's daughter in Kansas City Bomber (1972) and a delinquent tomboy in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). Jodie first drew attention from critics with her appearance in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) alongside Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, where she played a prostitute at the tender age of 12 (she was 13 when the movie premiered) and received her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She went on to have a very successful career in her early teens with leading roles in the Disney films Freaky Friday (1976) with Barbara Harris and Candleshoe (1977) opposite veteran film legends David Niven and Helen Hayes. The last film she made during this era was the coming-of-age drama Foxes (1980), before enrolling at Yale University. During her freshman year at Yale, she was attached to a worldwide scandal when a crazed and obsessed fan named John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan to impress her.

Jodie graduated from Yale in 1985 with a degree in literature. She resumed her acting career and sought a breakthrough role that would return her to stardom. After appearing in a few obscure movies with limited release, Jodie landed an audition for The Accused (1988) and was cast in the part of Sarah Tobias, a waitress who is gang-raped in a bar during a night of partying and teams up with a lawyer played by Kelly McGillis to prosecute the attackers. This performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, but despite the Oscar win, Jodie still hadn't re-established herself as a bankable star. Her next film, Catchfire (1990), went straight to video, and she had to campaign hard to get her next good role. In 1991, she starred as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee assisting in a hunt for a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) with Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, and Brooke Smith. The film was a blockbuster hit, winning Jodie her second Academy Award for Best Actress and establishing her as an international movie star at the age of 28. With the wealth and fame to do anything she wanted, Jodie turned to directing. She made her directorial debut with Little Man Tate (1991), which was followed by Home for the Holidays (1995). These movies were critically acclaimed but did not do well at the box office, and she proved to be a far more successful actress than she was a director. 1994 was a huge triumph for her acting career. She first played a sexy con artist in the successful western comedy Maverick (1994) with Mel Gibson and James Garner. Then, she played title role in Nell (1994), co-starring Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson. For her compelling performance as a wild, backwoods hermit who speaks an invented language and must return to civilization, Jodie was nominated for another Academy Award and won a Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actress.

Although she was working far less frequently as an adult than she did as a child, the films she turned out were commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Her next big screen role was in the science fiction drama Contact (1997) opposite Matthew McConaughey. She played a scientist who receives signals from space aliens. The film was a huge hit and brought her a Golden Globe nomination. She starred in the non-musical remake of The King and I (1956) entitled Anna and the King (1999), which was only modestly received in the U.S. but was very successful overseas. Three years after that she headlined the thriller Panic Room (2002), which co-starred Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, and Jared Leto. The film was a smash box-office hit and gave Jodie a $30 million opening weekend, the biggest of her career yet. She then appeared in two low-profile projects: the independent film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) and the foreign film A Very Long Engagement (2004). She returned to making Hollywood mainstream films, first with Flightplan (2005), in which she played a woman whose daughter disappears on an airplane that she designed. Once again Jodie proved herself to be a box-office draw, and the film was a worldwide hit. The following year she starred in another hit, the bank heist thriller Inside Man (2006) with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. Jodie was on a roll. Her next film was the revenge thriller The Brave One (2007), which once again opened at #1 at the box office and earned her another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Following this succession of thrillers that all had her playing tough women, Jodie returned to the comedy genre in Nim's Island (2008) with Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin. She will reunite with Mel Gibson in the upcoming movie The Beaver (2011), which is scheduled for general release in 2011.
Filmography

Actor ( 177 credits )

Le journal du Festival (2016)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Elysium (2013) Delacourt
Movie Guide (2013)  Secretary Rhodes (1 episode, 2013)
Ok! TV (2013)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
America's Book of Secrets (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Herself (2013)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Clarice Sterling / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes,
Carnage (2011) Penelope Longstreet
The Beaver (2011) Meredith Black
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Zaum - Andare a parare (2011)  Eleanor Arroway (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Life: A Cosmic Story (2010) Narrator
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
The High Bar (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Festivals SUNcovered (2010)  Herself
Conan (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Motherhood (2009) Herself
Science of the Movies (2009)  Clarice Starling ('The Silence of the Lambs') (archive
Nim's Island (2008) Alexandra Rover
The Doctors (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Hollywood 411 (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Brave One (2007) Erica Bain
Willkommen Österreich (2007)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Extérieur jour (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
100 Films and a Funeral (2007) Herself
Girl 27 (2007) Herself (archive footage)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006) Herself (archive footage)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Herself
Inside Man (2006) Madeleine White
Close Up (2006)  Actress / ... (1 episode, 2011)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Flightplan (2005) Kyle Pratt
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself - At 'Red' Premiere (1 episode, 2010)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
The Hour (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Buenafuente (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
A Very Long Engagement (2004) Elodie Gordes
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004) Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Herself (3 episodes, 2005-2011)
Abby Singer (2003) Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Shootout (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
La méthode Cauet (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Panic Room (2002) Meg Altman
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) Sister Assumpta
Page to Screen (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
La nit al dia (2002)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Cuéntame (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Herself (1 episode)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Herself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
+ de cinéma (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
Rove Live (2000)  Herself (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
Anna and the King (1999) Anna Leonowens
The Directors (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
The Early Show (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
After They Were Famous (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Herself (unknown episodes)
The Uttmost (1998) Herself
Contact (1997) Eleanor Arroway
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Before They Were Famous (1997)  (advert 'Crest toothpaste' 1968) (1 episode, 1999)
Bl!tz (1997)  Eleanor Arroway (archive footage) (1 episode, 1997)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (3 episodes, 1997-2002)
Magacine (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Continuarà... (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
AMC: Film Preservation Classics (1996)  Host (1 episode)
Lo + plus (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
Nell (1994) Nell
Maverick (1994) Annabelle Bransford
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Movie Magic (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1997)
Tiempos difíciles (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
Studio Gabriel (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
It Was a Wonderful Life (1993) Herself / Narrator (voice)
The Making of '...And God Spoke' (1993) Herself [at the Academy Awards Ceremony] (archive foota
Sommersby (1993) Laurel Sommersby
The X-Files (1993)  Betty (1 episode, 1997)
Frasier (1993)  Marlene (1 episode, 1996)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2005-2011)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Corazón, corazón (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (5 episodes, 1994-2007)
Getaway (1992)  Herself - Celebrity traveller (1 episode, 2008)
Shadows and Fog (1991) Prostitute
Little Man Tate (1991) Dede Tate
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Clarice Starling
Días de cine (1991)  Herself (2 episodes, 2011)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 1996-2007)
Catchfire (1990) Anne Benton
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990)  Herself - Guest Presenter (1 episode, 2008)
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 1993)
Primer plano (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
The Simpsons (1989)  Maggie Simpson (1 episode, 2009)
The Accused (1988) Sarah Tobias
Stealing Home (1988) Katie Chandler
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Five Corners (1987) Linda
Siesta (1987) Nancy
Biography (1987)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2007)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1994)
The Media Show (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1989)
Mesmerized (1985) Victoria
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
The Blood of Others (1984) Hélène
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) Frannie Berry
Jeopardy! (1984)  Herself - Celebrity Contestant (1 episode, 2001)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1992-2011)
Aspel & Company (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
O'Hara's Wife (1982) Barbara O'Hara
Champs-Elysées (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 1982)
Mardi cinéma (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 1983)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (8 episodes, 2007-2009)
Carny (1980) Donna
Foxes (1980) Jeanie
Mickey's 50 (1978) Herself
Candleshoe (1977) Casey
Beach House (1977) Teresina Fedeli
Stop Calling Me Baby! (1977) Isabelle Tristan, AKA Fleur bleue
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) Rynn
Freaky Friday (1976) Annabel
Bugsy Malone (1976) Tallulah
Taxi Driver (1976) Iris
Echoes of a Summer (1976) Deirdre Striden
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-2011)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host / ... (1 episode, 1976)
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)
Numéro 1 (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Audrey
Dinah! (1974)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
Paper Moon (1974)  Addie Pray (13 episodes, 1974)
Nova (1974)  Herself / ... (1 episode, 1998)
One Little Indian (1973) Martha
Tom Sawyer (1973) Becky Thatcher
The Addams Family (1973)  Pugsly Addams (unknown episodes)
The New Perry Mason (1973)  Hildy Haynes (1 episode, 1973)
Love Story (1973)  Ellie Madison (1 episode, 1973)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)  Elizabeth Henderson (2 episodes, 1973)
Kansas City Bomber (1972) Rita
Napoleon and Samantha (1972) Samantha
Kung Fu (1972)  Alethea Patricia Ingram (1 episode, 1973)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)  Sharon Lee / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972)  Pugsley Addams (1 episode, 1972)
Circle of Fear (1972)  Judy (1 episode, 1972)
The Paul Lynde Show (1972)  Maggie (1 episode, 1972)
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)  Anne Chan (14 episodes, 1972)
Film '72 (1971)  Herself (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
The Partridge Family (1970)  Julie Lawrence (1 episode, 1973)
Nanny and the Professor (1970)  Angela (1 episode, 1970)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)  Joey Kelly (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Medical Center (1969)  Ivy (1 episode, 1975)
Adam-12 (1968)  Mary Bennett (1 episode, 1970)
Mayberry R.F.D. (1968)  Fairy / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
The Doris Day Show (1968)  Jenny Benson (1 episode, 1969)
Julia (1968)  Cindy Blanchard (1 episode, 1969)
Ironside (1967)  Pip Barker (1 episode, 1972)
Daniel Boone (1964)  Rachel (1 episode, 1970)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1992)
My Three Sons (1960)  Priscilla Hobson / ... (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Bonanza (1959)  Bluebird (1 episode, 1972)
Gunsmoke (1955)  Marieanne / ... (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Annabel Andrews / ... (8 episodes, 1970-1982)
Today (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)

Producer ( 6 credits )

The Brave One (2007) executive producer
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) producer
Waking the Dead (2000) executive producer
Home for the Holidays (1995) producer
Nell (1994) producer
Mesmerized (1985) co-producer

Director ( 7 credits )

Money Monster (2016)
Orange Is the New Black (2013) (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
House of Cards (2013) (1 episode, 2014)
The Beaver (2011)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Tales from the Darkside (1983) (1 episode, 1988)