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.