Jodie Foster

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Jodie Foster

Born

11/19/1962, Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Alicia Christian Foster

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Jodie Christian Foster, Jodi Foster, Jody Foster, Alicia Christian Foster, Jodie Alicia Foster
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Biography

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Having made a successful transition from child to adult star, Jodie Foster has also survived horrific treatment as a gang-rape victim in The Accused (1988) and encounters with Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), both of which garnered her Academy Awards for Best Actress. After…more

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  • Trivia

    • In May of 2008, Jodie reportedly split from her partner of fourteen years, film producer Cydney Bernard. Announcement was made just five months after Foster openly acknowledged for the first time that they were an item by paying tribute to Ms. Bernard at an awards ceremony. Together, she and Cydney parent Jodie's sons, Charles and Kit, born to single mother Foster in 1998 and 2001, respectively, but never publically disclose who the father is.

    • Jodie and Helen Hunt auditioned for the part of Tabitha Stephens in the 1960s comedy series Bewitched, a role that ultimately went to twins Erin and Diane Murphy.

    • Jodie does not address long-standing rumors about her sexual orientation or the name of her sons' father. She has never admitted to any romantic involvements, until this past December (2007) when she hinted at emotional commitments by publically acknowledging her longtime friend, Cydney Bernard, at a Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles, California. The middle name of both of Foster's sons is Bernard.

    • Jodie is a self-proclaimed meticulous housekeeper who squeegees her shower after every use.

    • Jodie aspires to make a biopic about Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's favorite film maker, and she still plans to direct Flora Plum, a Depression-era story about circus performers– a project of hers that has fallen through on several occasions.

    • Jodie recognizes that many of her movies have what she calls an "abandoned-by-your-father" theme. She cautions against reading too much into it saying, "You find that in a lot of women's literature."

    • Jodie learned she was pregnant with her second child during the filming of David Fincher's Panic Room.

    • Since 2001, Jodie has worn a gold band on her ring finger, confirming it resembles a wedding ring, but making no other revelations.

    • Michael Smegal, 42, of Holliston, Massachusetts, who sent Jodie threatening letters for several years, was arrested in March of 2008 on charges of mailing a bomb threat to Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. The letter was one of more than 100 nearly identical letters with references to Foster mailed to celebrities, business executives, airports and other locations around Los Angeles from September 2007 to January 2008. An affidavit states that Foster received anonymous letters from Massachusetts beginning in 2004. In 2005, Smegal admitted to police he had sent the letters and promised to stop. If convicted, Smegal faces up to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

    • As of 2006, Jodie still occupies a West Village, New York apartment previously owned by Ricki Lake.

    • Jodie had a rare box office misfire in the fall of 2008 with The Brave One, which opened at No. 1, but went on to domestically gross just under $37 million.

    • Sixteen years after her role as a twelve year-old streetwalker in the 1976 film, Taxi Driver, Jodie again assumed the role of a prostitute in Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog.

    • Jodie maintained her silence in 2007, when gay American magazine Out put a picture of her on its cover above the caption, "The Glass Closet –- Why the Stars Won't Come Out and Play." Inside, it was argued "The stars aren't willing to make the jump to being officially labelled queer and all that it represents in the business."

    • By the time she was ten years old, Jodie's acting jobs were supporting the entire Foster family.

    • Jodie reportedly received $15 million for Anna and the King (1999), a remake of the classic story of widowed schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam made famous in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I, making her one of only a few actresses to command such an amount.

    • Jody is known as a fiercely private woman who refuses to reveal too much about her personal life.

    • Jodie walked off the set of the 1976 film, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, when the movie's director, Nicolas Gessner, continuously pressured her to do a nude scene, one that would be later doubled by her older sister, Constance.

    • As a young, aspiring actress and to-be two-time Academy Award winner, Jodie made three appearances on the CBS comedy series The Andy Griffith Show spin-off, Mayberry, R.F.D, alongside her brother Buddy, who was a featured regular playing lead actor Ken Berry's son, Mike Jones.

    • Jodie is the only woman to win two Oscars before turning thirty, both in the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role (as rape victim Sarah Tobias in The Accused in 1988 and 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, playing FBI rookie agent Clarice Starling).

    • In 1995, Jodie won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Nell.

    • Jodie's 2008 picture, Nim's Island, is a family comedy-adventure, which is also her 43rd film and her first adult role in a movie made for children.

    • As a youngster, Jodie had a reddish Yorkshire terrier named Napoleon, after the character played by red-headed costar Johnny Whitaker in her first film, Napoleon and Samantha.

    • When Jodie decided to set her acting career aside in the late 80s to enroll at Yale, People magazine featured a cover story that called Ms. Foster's opting for higher education the "most startling movie career decision since Garbo chose exile."

    • Before the Los Angeles Welfare Board allowed her to play the part of a young prostitute in the film, Taxi Driver (1976), a UCLA psychiatrist had to certify, after a four-hour interview, that Jody's morals would not be undermined.

    • When Jodie was eleven years old, she had four ambitions: to become president of the United States, to go on stage, to go to Rome, and to get a hamster.

    • During the filming of the rape scene in The Accused (1988), Jodie cried so much she broke blood vessels over her eyes.

    • Jodie has never had acting lessons, and even as a child, she could memorize her character's part after reading the script twice.

    • By age six months, Jodie was talking, and by twelve months, she was speaking in complete sentences. By age three, Ms. Foster had taught herself to read.

    • Jodie took over the role of lead character, Erica Bain, in the 2007 Neil Jordan film, The Brave One, when Nicole Kidman, along with director George Miller, dropped out. Foster later contributed to the movie's screenplay: it was her idea that her character be employed as a host for public radio.

    • Although named Alicia Christian Foster at birth, Jodie's estranged brother and failed child TV actor (Mayberry R.F.D.) claims his sister is called Jodie in honor of her mother's lesbian partner, Jo "Jo D." Dominguez. Jodie and her siblings refer to Dominguez as Aunt Jo.

    • At the end of the first day's shoot of an episode of the ABC action series Kung Fu in which Jodie was being featured in, the state-mandated, on-location teacher had to be replaced because ten year old Ms. Foster knew more French than she did, preventing Jodie from advancing in the subject.

    • Bette Davis once said of Jodie, "She's damn good. She's a young Bette Davis."

    • Jodie was awarded the 2007 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award presented to her by the former chief of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing, at the Hollywood Reporter's 16th Annual Women in Entertainment breakfast. Foster, the fourth woman to ever receive the award, was also a guest speaker at the event.

    • Jodie has never really known her father. Her parents were divorced when she was born and she has only met him twice.

    • Jodie was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.

    • Jodie once owned a home that legendary filmmaker, Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy), built in 1934. The house, originally a guest house on the large estate, was designed after the small, quaint Cotswold cottages found in the midlands in England. In 1995, Foster put the home up for sale for $1.1 million.

    • Jodie was the second choice for the part of Princess Leia Organa in 1977's Star Wars; the role ultimately went to Carrie Fisher.

    • Jodie credits director Martin Scorsese for igniting her passion for acting by choosing her to portray twelve year-old prostitute, Iris Steensma, in Taxi Driver (1976).

    • Jodie turned down Sharon Stone's lead role in the 1992 steamy thriller, Basic Instinct.

    • Jodie has appeared in Japanese commercials promoting Honda Civic, Keri Cosmetics, and Mt. Rainier Iced Coffee.

    • Jodie is a member of the high IQ society, Mensa.

    • In 1992, Polygram Filmed Entertaiment committed to finance three films for Jodie's production company, Egg Pictures. Foster produced and starred in the first of those films, 1994's Nell; her performance as a woman who lives in the woods and speaks in her own invented language earned her a fourth Oscar nomination.

    • Egg Pictures, a Los Angeles-based movie production company, was founded by Jodie in 1992.

    • Jodie had an asteroid named in her honor, 'jodiefoster17744' in 1998.

    • Jodie won her first Golden Globe and took home an Academy Award, as well, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture/Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as a survivor of a gang rape who testifies against her attackers in 1988's The Accused.

    • Jodie is the inspiration behind the names of several musical bands, for example: Jodie Foster's Army (JFA), a punk band named for the obsessive actions of Foster fan and presidential assassin wannabe, John Hinckley Jr.

    • By the time she was eight years old, Jodie had appeared in over three dozen commercials and earned TV guest appearances ranging from her television debut on Mayberry, R.F.D. to a minor role on Sesame Street. By the time Jodie entered college, that number nearly exceeded fifty.

    • The young girl who Jodie "studied" and was the inspiration behind her character, twelve year-old streetwalker, Iris Steensma, in 1976's Taxi Driver, appeared in the movie as a friend of the young prostitute.

    • Jodie had been chosen as president of the jury at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, but had to back out due to only having nine days to prepare for her starring role in Panic Room (2002).

    • In 2006, Forbes magazine listed Jodie Foster as #54 in their annual power list. She was the highest paid actress on their list.

    • Jodie received an honorary Degree in Arts from Penn State in 2006.

    • Jill Stokesberry usually stunt doubles for Foster in her films, beginning with 1993's Sommersby.

    • Jodie had to pull out of 1999's celebrity Double Jeopardy, and was replaced by actress Ashley Judd.

    • Empire magazine chose Jodie as the 45th Sexiest Star in film history in 1995.

    • Jodie, who has two sons, Charles Bernard Foster born in 1998 and Kit Bernard Foster born in 2001, has never been married. Cydney Ellen Bernard, a film producer and Foster's partner for the last fifteen years --they met on the set of Somersby (1993), in which Bernard was a production coordinator-- has since formally adopted the boys; the paternity of either son remains undisclosed to the public. (2008)

    • Jodie ranked #12 on Entertainment Weekly's 2005 Entertainers of the Year list for her return to Hollywood in the film, Flightplan. The magazine appropriately chose to refer to Foster as Fly Girl in the listing. In the summer of that same year, Entertainment Weekly also named Foster as #51 on its Annual Must List, designating her with the title, Back in Action, for her work in the same movie.

    • Jodie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

    • In 1991, Jodie made her directorial debut with the movie, Little Man Tate, a moderately well-received film about a child prodigy and his protective single mother (played by Foster).

    • Jodie's Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling in the 1991 film, The Silence of the Lambs, was ranked #6 in the American Film Institute's Heroes list in its 100 Years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.

    • Jodie was the youngest host of Saturday Night Live (1975), until Drew Barrymore hosted in 1982.

    • Jodie received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1997.

    • Jodie enjoyed an advantage over other child actors in that her performances were not restricted to a single language: a student at Los Angeles' Lycée Francais, Jodie's French was sufficiently fluent by age 14 for her to win a role in 1977's Moi, fleur bleue, as well as a number of other French films.

    • At age eight, Jodie was enrolled in College Lycée Français, an exclusive private school in Los Angeles where students are taught in French. Many of its children are the offspring of movie stars and Hollywood production executives. In 1980, Foster graduated first in her class of thirty, and as valedictorian, delivered the graduation speech-- in perfect French. She received acceptance letters from Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and many other colleges, but made Yale University her ultimate choice, majoring in English literature .

    • In 1997, Jodie ranked #18 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.

    • Jodie recieved a B.A. in Literature from Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1985.

    • Jodie starred as Addie Pray in the short lived TV show "Paper Moon" (1974), a take-off on the 1973 movie by the same name, which starred Tatum O'Neal as Addie Loggins.

    • Jodie won the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) after Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down.

    • Jodie was named one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 2002.

    • Jodie was a last-minute replacement for Nicole Kidman, taking over her role of Meg Altman in Panic Room (2002) when Kidman sustained a knee injury. Director David Fincher had the part rewritten for Jodie as the character was originally portrayed as being quite helpless. Fincher didn't think it was a good fit, given Foster's nature.

    • In 1980, after reading an article about Jodie in People Magazine, obsessed fan John Warnock Hinckley Jr. enrolled in a writing course at Yale to be near her. On March 30, 1981 he wrote a letter to Jodie of his plans (primarily to impress the nineteen year-old actress and Yale Freshman) to assassinate President Reagan, which he attempted later that afternoon. Foster was so affected by Hinckley's actions and the subsequent media frenzy that she published an article in Esquire plaintively entitled "Why Me?" and refused to speak publicly about the incident any further.

  • Quotes

    • Jodie Foster: If I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don't think I could survive it emotionally.

    • Jodie Foster: (to Kristen Steward, defending her in the midst of a media frenzy after images of Miss Steward kissing her 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders materialized, resulting in her retreating from the public amid a barrage of tawdry headlines and rampant speculation about her future with 'Twilight' co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson): The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don't lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and -- finally -- the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don't let them take that away from you.

    • Jodie Foster: Ask me something. I don't have a problem being blunt.

    • Jodie Foster:(about not disclosing the identity of the father or fathers of her sons) So far, they seem extremely content and well-adjusted. I have a big family and lots of [male] friends. I'm trying to do the best I can. Someday, somebody can ask them directly about their lives, and they'll have something to say. You're welcome to call them up when they're 18.

    • Jodie Foster: I spent a lot of time not in school, so I didn't have deep relationships with kids my own age. I didn't learn social skills. And you can get away with things with grownups that kids won't let you get away with, like being flaky.

    • Jodie Foster: There have actually been some good examples of excellent actresses--like Natalie Portman and Claire Danes--who made a wonderful transition from kids to well-adjusted young people with full lives. But it's tough being an adolescent, no matter who you are or what you do. Being 13 or 14 is murder, especially when you're in the public eye. I wouldn't do it again for anything!

    • Jodie Foster: (about her movie, 'The Brave One') You make movies for the right reasons, hopefully, and that's a movie that I'm probably more proud of than anything I've done in many, many, many years. Some movies aren't for everybody.

    • Jodie Foster: (as of 2007) One movie a year is really way too much even honestly. I [once] did two movies in a year... and it almost sent me over the edge.

    • Jodie Foster: (when asked if she gets weary of being award-honored, with respect to the many acting recognitions she has accumulated) Well yeah, I get tired of getting dressed up. If I could get feted in my pajamas, I'd be there, I'd be like at the opening of a doorknob.

    • Jody Foster: (upon receiving the 2007 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast) I feel fragile... unsure, struggling to figure it all out, trying to get there even though I'm not sure where there is. I've been working in this business for 42 years and there's no way you can do that and not be as nutty as a fruitcake.

    • Jodie Foster: (about her mother, Evelyn "Brandy" Foster) European films were her passion. She loved Europe and dreamed of going there. The films she took me to became my touchstones as a child.

    • Jodie Foster: (about her role as a 12-year-old hooker in the 1976 film, 'Taxi Driver') It was the most rehearsed, most crafted, most honed performance. That's what made the satisfaction even greater, to see that if worked really hard, you don't see the seams.

    • Jodie Foster: The only thing I've ever regretted in my whole life is that I started smoking.

    • Jodie Foster: (regarding the 1976 Martin Scorsese movie, 'Taxi Driver,' in which she played Iris, a self-possessed 12-year-old prostitute) That film completely changed my life. It was the first time anyone asked me to create a character that wasn't myself. It was the first time I realized that acting wasn't this hobby you just sort of did, but that there was actually some craft.

    • Jodie Foster: I don't think there is any good thing about fame. In this business, in order to care for yourself and the people you love, you have to separate your professional life from your personal life. I have a work life that is at times fulfilling, at times mind-numbingly boring and totally trivial, with hair, makeup, red carpet– but when it's 7 o'clock, I come home, that's my life.

    • Jodie Foster: When I look back on my life, I think it has been about the search for meaning and connection.

    • Jodie Foster: Today I see kids at ten who have this kind of internal light in them about acting. They want to put a lampshade on their heads. I was never like that. I grew up in L.A. I sort of fell into acting.

    • Jodie Foster: (at age 42) Sometimes I think, 'What the hell are you doing? What's the value of all this?' I have fantasies about the things I might have done. I wish I'd been a ski bum or maybe had a job at a Starbucks in a ski place. Now I've got responsibilities, cars, kids...

    • Jodie Foster: (about actress Abigail Breslin, who was 11 when they filmed "Nim's Island" together) I don't think Abbie needs much mentoring. She's got a great head on her shoulders. It would be a big mistake if she was thinking about her career right now, at her age. The tough time is adolescence. I wouldn't want to be 15 again for anything in the world, because that was rotten. I wouldn't want to go back there and be in the public eye.

    • Jodie Foster: College was the most fun I've ever had in my life. I never tell my kids, "You need an education." Instead, I always say, "Don't miss out, because you'll never have more fun."

    • Jodie Foster: I don't like snakes. When I was a kid, my brothers and sisters used to tease me and go, "There are snakes in your bed!" I'm still traumatized over that!

    • Jodie Foster: Being a child prodigy is inherently lonely. I was one of them. You're different from other kids. No one else can understand. There's a longing to connect, a craving to say, 'Here is the deepest part of me, the part that people don't see.

    • Jodie Foster: People ask me if I missed anything by not having a normal childhood. The truth is, if I'd been an ambassador's daughter or grown up on a farm in Missouri, I wouldn't have had a normal childhood either. I had the only childhood I knew.

    • Jodie Foster: (about troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, who always credited Jodie as her idol) Can I just ask, where is her mother? I mean, really, where is her mother? When I was her age, there were no big 18-year-old stars. Now we want those kids so we can bleed them for all they're worth and squeeze as much money as we can out of them, and then their career will be over in something like three years.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Foster is a consumate professional who always tries to deliver her best performance.

    8.2
    She was born with a lot of opportunities into the entertainment than most people will ever get, however, Foster has taken advantage of each chance and shown that she is a real actress that can do anything.



    You can't help but be impressed her work from "Taxi Driver" to "The Accused" to her role in "Silence of the Lambs". Foster will play almost any role and deliver a sense of realism, intensity, and passion to it that only a few actresses can do. She's respected by both male and female stars in Hollywood.



    It's hard to fathom then that despite her success at an early age she is really self-conscious about who she is and her job as an actor. She went to Yale graduated with a degreee in Literature yet still didn't quite know what to do with herself. She went back to what she knew best and get back into acting.



    She was extremely skeptical of her performance in "The Accused" which ended up winning an Oscar for her performance. The same thing happened with her role as Clarice Starling in "Silence of the Lambs". This self-conscioussness is I think what really helps out Foster. She doesn't let success quite go to her head. I've never seen her brag about her performance and that really is what many actors should do.



    Career-wise, she's picky about the roles she does but often times surprises people by her choices. Foster really is an actress that marches to her drum. She will be remembered as one of the best stars in Hollywood in a long time. It's also a great example as she was a child star that she breaks the stereotype that child stars usually end up with tragic lives and a worthless career.moreless
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    6.0
    Jodie Foster is a talented and pretty actress who acts in one of my favorite movies: "Taxi Driver".
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