An inimitable leading lady, Jodie Foster began her showbiz career at age 3 by baring her bottom in a Coppertone suntan-lotion ad. Guest spots on myriad TV shows followed before she transitioned to the big screen in the early 1970s. In 1976, the teen actress turned in a pair of antithetical powerhouse performances---a tomboy trapped in her mother's body in the Disney feature Freaky Friday and an Oscar-nominated turn as a hard-bitten 12-year-old hooker in Taxi Driver---thus proving her striking versatility. Foster continued to rack up credits on her résumé before slowing down to attend Yale University in the early 1980s. After college, she swiftly graduated to adult roles and scored Oscars for a pair of poignant portrayals: a rape victim in 1988's The Accused and a rookie FBI agent in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs. She also began producing and directing. As the 1990s wore on, Foster appeared in fewer projects, in part because she was channeling her energy into parenthood. She gave birth to sons in 1998 and 2001 but never disclosed the father's identity. In the 2000s, Foster turned in adrenaline-fueled performances in a handful of thrillers that were box-office hits. Then in 2009, she had a guest role on The Simpsons as the voice of Maggie, joining Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones as the select few to ever voice the notoriously mum tot. Despite keeping a low profile, Foster has remained at the top of the Hollywood A-list.
- Began acting at age 3, when she appeared in a series of ads for Coppertone suntan lotion as the little girl whose swimsuit is pulled down by a puppy.
- Was class valedictorian in high school at Lycée Français, Los Angeles, CA, in 1980.
- Obsessed with Foster, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Reagan in 1981 to impress her.
- Studied literature at Yale University and graduated magna cum laude.
- Made her directorial debut with Little Man Tate (1991).
- Speaks French; dubs her own voice in the French versions of her films.
- Her production company, which she closed down in 2001, was called Egg Pictures after a character in The Hotel New Hampshire.
- 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
- 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Nominee
- 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1976, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1988, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1995, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture: Winner
- 1989, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
- 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2013, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
- 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Nominee
- Alexandra Hedison — Wife
- Charles Bernard Foster — Son
- Cydney Bernard — Ex-significant Other
- Lucinda Foster — Sister
- Buddy Foster — Brother
- Evelyn Foster — Mother
- Kit Bernard Foster — Son
- Lucius Foster III — Father
- Constance Foster — Sister
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA, 1985)
- Birth Name: Alicia Christian Foster
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Birthday: November 19, 1962, Scorpio
- Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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