Director Producer Actress( 1962 )
Jodie Foster is an award-winning American actress best known for her roles in the films Taxi Driver, The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.
American actress, director and producer Jodie Foster was born on November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. Foster received an Oscar nomination at age 12 for her role as a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver (1976), and went on to win a Golden Globe (best actress) and Academy Award for The Accused(1988). She then starred in the popular film The Silence of the Lambs (1991). In recent years, Foster has worked as a successful film director and producer, in addition to acting.
Early Career and Education
Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster (she was later nicknamed “Jodie”) in Los Angeles, California, on November 19, 1962. The daughter of Evelyn “Brandy” Ella and Lucius Fisher Foster III, Foster is the youngest of four children. The future Academy Award winner began her acting career at the tender age of 3, with a role as the Coppertone Girl in a television commercial for the iconic brand of suntan lotion.
A precocious and bright child from the start, Foster began talking at nine months and had taught herself to read by the time she was 3 years old. Despite never having taken an acting class, she dove headlong into show business in 1968 with her first television show, Mayberry R.F.D. From there, she would continue on to a busy career as a child actress, with Brandy Foster always by her side, playing the dual role of manager and mother. “My mom managed me when I was young,” Foster later recalled. “I still treasure her impact. She was very strong, self-educated, but wasn’t pushy. She’d stay in the trailer and read magazines while I worked.”
Between her occasional directorial projects, Foster continued to act in hit movies such as Maverick (1994), Contact (1997) and the box office smash Panic Room (2002).
Foster’s choice of scripts spans from blockbuster to indie and foreign. In The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), she played a nun, Sister Assumpta, while also producing the film. After taking a small part in a French film, The Very Long Engagement (2004), Foster returned to big-budget Hollywood fare with Flightplan in 2005.
Cecil B. DeMille Award
In January 2013, Foster received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award that is annually awarded to a performer for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The famously private actress and director took time in her acceptance speech to thank her former partner, Cydney Bernard. She described Bernard as “one of the deepest loves of my life … my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years.” The speech marked the first time that Foster had publicly talked about being a lesbian. She also acknowledged that she and Bernard had been raising two sons together. “I am so proud of our modern family,” she said in her speech. “Our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul.”
During Sunday’s Oscars, Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence took to the stage to present the Academy Award for Best Actress. Accompanying them was a pair of crutches Foster was using to walk. She looked completely badass and even folded the accessory into her presentation for the category. When asked what happened to her, Foster joked that Meryl Streep, who was sitting front row, “I, Tonya’d” her, leading J.Law to reveal that Streep tripped her once. (Again, a joke.)
Funny stuff aside, Foster’s reason for using crutches is very real. Via PEOPLE, Foster’s rep confirmed on Sunday that the actress and director injured herself a few weeks ago when she fell during a ski trip. So, you see? Meryl Streep had nothing to do with it. And while it’s easy to assume Meryl is so powerful she can move mountains and the snow that’s on said mountains, I’m glad that’s all cleared up. Now, who wants to look at more badass photos of Jodie Foster at the Oscars?