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Real Name: Alicia Christian Foster
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Date: November 19, 1962
Occupation: Actress, Producer, Director

Jodie Foster Biography


Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. Her parents divorced three years before she was born, and she was conceived when her mother, Brandy, was visiting her father, Lucius, for child support. Alicia's siblings nicknamed her "Jodie," a name she has used in her profession. When she was just three years old, Jodie began acting in commercials, most notably for Coppertone sunblock. When she was five, Jodie landed her first acting role on the TV show "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968). She stayed very busy as a child actress, working on television programs such as "The Doris Day Show" (1968), "Adam-12" (1968), "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1969), "The Partridge Family" (1970), "Bonanza" (1959), and "Gunsmoke" (1955). In movies, her roles included playing Raquel Welch's daughter in Kansas City Bomber (1972) and a delinquent tomboy in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). Jodie first drew attention from critics with her appearance in Taxi Driver (1976), in which she played a prostitute at the tender age of twelve (many reports have erroneously stated that she was 14) and received her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. She went on to have a very successful career in her early teens with leading roles in the Disney films Freaky Friday (1976) and Candleshoe (1977). The last film Jodie made during this era was the coming-of-age drama Foxes (1980), before enrolling at Yale University. Tragedy struck Jodie during her Freshman year when a crazed and obsessed fan named John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan to impress her.Jodie graduated from Yale in 1985 with a degree in literature. Her main priority was now to become a successful adult actress. After appearing in a few obscure B-movies, Jodie auditioned for The Accused (1988) and was cast Sarah Tobias, a waitress who is gang-raped in a bar after a night of partying. For this role she won her first Academy Award as Best Actress. But even though she had won an Oscar, Jodie still hadn't established herself as a bankable star. Her next film, Catchfire (1990), went straight to video, and she had to fight hard to get her next good role. In 1991 she starred as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee hunting down a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The film was a blockbuster hit, winning Jodie her second Academy Award for Best Actress and establishing her as an international star at the age of 28. With the wealth and fame to do anything she wanted, Jodie turned to directing. She made her directorial debut with Little Man Tate (1991), which was followed by Home for the Holidays (1995). These movies were critically acclaimed but did not do well at the box office, and Jodie proved to be a far more successful actress than she was a director. 1994 proved to be a huge triumph for Jodie's acting career. She first played a sexy con artist in the successful western spoof Maverick (1994) with Mel Gibson. Then, she played title role in Nell (1994) alongside Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson. For her compelling performance as a wild, backwoods hermit who speaks an invented language and must return to civilization, Jodie was nominated for another Academy Award and won a Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actress.Although Jodie was working far less frequently as an adult than she did as a child, the films she turned out were commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Her next big screen role was in the science fiction drama Contact (1997) opposite Matthew McConaughey. She played a scientist who receives signals from space aliens. The film was a huge hit and brought Jodie a Golden Globe nomination. She starred in the non-musical remake of The King and I (1956) entitled Anna and the King (1999), which was only modestly received in the U.S. but was very successful overseas. Three years after that she headlined the thriller Panic Room (2002). The film was a smash box-office hit and gave Jodie a $30 million opening weekend, the biggest of her career yet. She then appeared in two low-profile projects: the independent film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) and the foreign film A Very Long Engagement (2004). She returned to making Hollywood mainstream films, first with Flightplan (2005), in which she played a woman whose daughter disappears on an airplane that she designed. Once again Jodie proved herself to be a box-office draw, and the film was a worldwide hit. The following year she starred in another hit, a thriller about a bank heist titled Inside Man (2006) with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. Jodie seemed to be on a pattern of non-stop success. She was paid $15 million for her next film, the revenge thriller The Brave One (2007), which once again opened at #1 at the box office and earned her another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Following this succession of dark thrillers, Jodie returned to the comedy genre in Nim's Island (2008) with Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin. Jodie will reunite with Mel Gibson in the upcoming movie The Beaver (2011), which is scheduled for general release in 2011.Having spent nearly her entire life in the spotlight, Jodie Foster has had one of the most substantial film careers in Hollywood history. She is one of the most respected and highest-paid actresses working today, and there is no doubt that there will be many great things ahead for this child actress turned two-time Oscar-winning superstar.

Jodie Foster Movies / TV-Shows


Hotel Artemis (2018)
Money Monster (2016)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Red Nose Day (2015)
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Elysium (2013)
House of Cards (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
America's Book of Secrets (2012)
Carnage (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Black Mirror (2011)
The Beaver (2011)
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010)
Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs (2010)
Conan (2010)
Motherhood (2009)
Nim's Island (2008)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
The Brave One (2007)
Girl 27 (2007)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
Inside Man (2006)
Flightplan (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
Panic Room (2002)
Waking the Dead (2000)
Making 'Taxi Driver' (1999)
Anna and the King (1999)
The Early Show (1999)
The Baby Dance (1998)
Contact (1997)
The Daily Show (1996)
Century of Cinema A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Maverick (1994)
Movie Magic (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Nell (1994)
Sommersby (1993)
Frasier (1993)
The X-Files (1993)
The Making of '...And God Spoke' (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Maury (1991)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Shadows and Fog (1991)
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990)
Catchfire (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
Stealing Home (1988)
The Accused (1988)
Five Corners (1987)
Biography (1987)
Siesta (1987)
Mesmerized (1985)
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
The Blood of Others (1984)
Jeopardy! (1984)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
Tales from the Darkside (1983)
Foxes (1980)
Carny (1980)
Candleshoe (1977)
Badhytten (1977)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Echoes of a Summer (1976)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Freaky Friday (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Nova (1974)
Tom Sawyer (1973)
One Little Indian (1973)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972)
Circle of Fear (1972)
Kansas City Bomber (1972)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)
Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
Kung Fu (1972)
The Partridge Family (1970)
Sesame Street (1969)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)
Adam-12 (1968)
Ironside (1967)
Daniel Boone (1964)
My Three Sons (1960)
Bonanza (1959)
Gunsmoke (1955)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)
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