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.Jodie Foster Fast Facts:
- 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.
- Jodie Foster Relationships:
- Lucius Foster III - Father
- Charles Bernard Foster - Son
- Lucinda Foster - Sister
- Buddy Foster - Brother
- Evelyn Foster - Mother
- Kit Bernard Foster - Son
- Constance Foster - Sister
- Cydney Bernard - Ex-significant Other
- Alexandra Hedison - Wife
- Jodie Foster Awards:
- 1989 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
- 1976 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress - Winner
- 1991 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
- 1991 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - 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
- 2012 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Nominee
- 1995 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture - Winner
- 1988 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
- 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Made for Television Movie - Nominee
- 2013 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
- 1994 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
- 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Nominee
- 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
- 1977 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 1976 BAFTA Film Awards: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Winner
- 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
- 1976 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
- 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
- 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA, 1985)