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|Jodie Foster Biography and Filmography
Birthday: November 19, 1962
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5' 3"
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The youngest of four children born to Evelyn "Brandy" Foster, Jodie Foster entered the world on November 19, 1962, under the name Alicia, but earned her "proper" name when her siblings insisted upon Jodie. A stage-mother supreme, Brandy Foster dragged her kids from one audition to another, securing work for son Buddy in the role of Ken Berry's son on the popular sitcom Mayberry RFD. It was on Mayberry that Foster, already a professional thanks to her stint as the Coppertone girl (the little kid whose swimsuit was being pulled down by a dog on the ads for the suntan lotion), made her TV debut in a succession of minor roles. Buddy would become disenchanted with acting, but Jodie stayed at it, taking a mature, businesslike approach to the disciplines of line memorization and following directions that belied her years. Janet Waldo, a voice actress who worked on the 1970s cartoon series The Addams Family, would recall in later years that Foster, cast due to her raspy voice in the male role of Puggsley Addams, took her job more seriously and with more dedication than many adult actors.After her film debut in Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972), Foster was much in demand, though she was usually cast in "oddball" child roles by virtue of her un-starlike facial features. She was cast in the Tatum O'Neal part in the 1974 TV series based on the film Paper Moon — perhaps the last time she would ever be required to pattern her performance after someone else's. In 1975, Foster was cast in her most controversial role to date, as preteen prostitute Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Both the director and the on-set supervisors made certain that she would not be psychologically damaged by the sleaziness of her character's surroundings and lifestyle; alas, the film apparently did irreparable damage to the psyche of at least one of its viewers. In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan, and when captured, insisted he'd done it to impress Foster — a re-creation of a similar incident in Taxi Driver. The resultant negative publicity made Foster (who'd been previously stalked by Hinckley) extremely sensitive to the excesses of the media; through absolutely no fault of her own, she'd become the quarry of every tabloid and "investigative journalist" in the world. Thereafter, she would stop an interview cold whenever the subject of Hinckley was mentioned, and even ceased answering fan mail or giving out autographs. This (justifiable) shunning of "the public" had little if any effect on Foster's professional life; after graduating magna cum laude from Yale University (later she would also receive an honorary Doctorate), the actress appeared in a handful of "small" films of little commercial value just to recharge her acting batteries, and then came back stronger than ever with her Oscar-winning performance in The Accused (1988), in which she played a rape victim seeking justice. Foster followed up this triumph with another Oscar for her work as FBI investigator Clarice Starling (a role turned down by several prominent actresses) in the 1991 chiller The Silence of the Lambs.Not completely satisfied professionally, Foster went into directing with a worthwhile drama about (perhaps significantly) the tribulations of a child genius, Little Man Tate (1991) — a logical extension, according to some movie insiders, of Foster's tendency to wield a great deal of authority on the set. Foster has in recent years managed to balance the artistic integrity of her award-winning work with the more commercial considerations of such films as Maverick (1994). She made her debut as producer in 1994 with the acclaimed Nell, in which she also gave a stunning Oscar-nominated performance as a backwoods wild child brought into the modern world. Foster then returned to directing (as well as producing) with 1995's Home for the Holidays, a comedy starring Holly Hunter. The production was not a box-office success, though it did draw positive reviews. Foster then returned to acting with her role as Ellie Arroway in Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film Contact. After the film, she turned her attentions to raising her son, Charles, born in 1998. Still smarting from the public scrutiny thrust upon her by the Hinckley incident, Foster kept out of the glare of publicity as much as possible, going so far as refusing to identify the father of her child, a decision which became the subject of much scrutiny in the media. For the most part her efforts were successful, and following the lukewarm response to her turn in Anna and the King (1999), Foster continued to raise her son in peace and solitude. It wasn't until Nicole Kidman dropped out of the lead of stylistic director David Fincher's The Panic Room (2002) that Foster once again found herself the center of attention in the media circus. A tense nail-biter that chronicled a brutal night's struggle for survival as a mother and daughter attempted to fend off a trio of determined burglars, The Panic Room received mixed reviews though it held fast to the box-office Top Ten in the weeks following its release. Appearing refreshed and invigorated in the numerous press junkets coinciding with the film's release, it was obvious that the time out of the limelight had certainly kept Foster in good spirits.After three years away from the bigscreen—save a pair of supporting turns in the indies The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys and A Very Long Engagement—Foster returned in 2005 with Flightplan, a suspense thriller referred to by many as "Panic Room in the sky." The familiarity worked to the film's benefit, as it performed nearly as well at the box-office as the former picture.The following year, Foster could be seen alongside Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in the Spike Lee-helmed heist flick, Inside Man.
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 "Sexiest Stars" in film history (#45). 
- Was supposed to be Commencement Speaker for Smith College in Massachusetts but eventually had to decline. 
- Uses her own voice in all of the French versions of any of her movies because she can speak French fluently.
- As a youngster, was mauled by a lion and carried briefly in its mouth after a day of filming a Disney movie
- Majored in literature at Yale; graduated magna cum laude in 1985.
- Son, Charles, born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [20 July 1998]
- Had to pull out of Double Jeopardy (1999) because she became pregnant.
- Ranked #18 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- Received honorary Doctorate from Yale University. 
- Mother, Brandy, managed her through age 20.
- Owns and chairs Production Company EGG PICTURES in Los Angeles, founded in 1990.
- John Hinckley claimed that he attempted to kill Ronald Reagan in order to impress her.
- Graduated in 1980 as the class valedictorian from the private academy Lycée Français in Los Angeles.
- Was reading by the time she was three years old.
- Fluent in French by age 14, she spoke her own lines in the 1977 film Moi, fleur bleue (1977) and the 2004 film Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004).
- Sister of Buddy Foster and Connie Foster.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28. 
- Born Alicia Christian Foster in 1962; her three siblings insisted on calling her "Jodie."
- Made her acting debut in a Coppertone suntan lotion commercial when she was 3 years old. Has said that her only regret is that she would love to live life without knowing what it's like to be famous.
- For Sommersby (1993), Foster learned how to handle a horse-pulled buckboard.
- Was offered a role in Me and Rubyfruit (1989) twice and turned it down.
- Has two convertibles.
- Enjoys kickboxing, yoga, karate, aerobics, and weightlifting and collects fancy kitchenware and black and white photos.
- Loves organic food.
- Her favorite book is "Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger.
- Received an Honorary Degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- Gave the Class Day speech at Yale in 1993 and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1997.
- Got the role of Annabel Bradsford in the comedy Maverick (1994) after Meg Ryan turned it down.
- CBS was billed ,000 for her hair and makeup for her appearance on "60 Minutes II" (1999), December 1999 to promote Anna and the King (1999). This total was later determined to be incorrect and inflated.
- Youngest host of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) until 'Drew Barrymore' hosted in 1982.
- Was replaced by Ashley Judd for the lead in Double Jeopardy (1999).
- Starred as Addie Pray in the short lived TV show "Paper Moon" (1974), which was originally a movie starring Tatum O'Neal.
- Never liked "All in the Family" (1971) because "it seemed to be doing the same thing each week."
- Got the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) after Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down.
- Son, Kit, born in Los Angeles weighing 6 lbs 3 oz. [29 September 2001]
- Father Lucius Foster left the family when Jodie's mother was a few months pregnant with her.
- Born at 8:14 AM PST.
- Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
- Shut down production company Egg Pictures in late 2001 to spend more time with her children.
- Was first choice to play the role of Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy but could not get out of her contract with Disney. George Lucas then decided to make Princess Leia older.
- Replaced Nicole Kidman in the role of "Meg Altman" in Panic Room (2002) at the last minute when Kidman injured herself.
- Recorded a number of songs for her film Moi, fleur bleue (1977), including "Je T'Attends Depuis La Nuit Des Temps," "When I Looked at Your Face" and "La Vie C'est Chouette."
- Measurements: 34B-24-33 1/2 (Souce: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- Has been in a serious relationship with Cydney Bernard since they met in 1993 on the set of the movie Sommersby (1993).
- Her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling from her 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was ranked #6 in the American Film Institute's "Heroes" list in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV).
- Her sister, Connie Foster, was her stand-in during the more explicit scenes in Taxi Driver (1976).
- In 2001, decided not to reprise the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). The role eventually went to Julianne Moore.
- Is doubled by stuntwoman Jill Stokesberry in most of her films, starting with Sommersby (1993).
- Shares a birthday with Meg Ryan and Allison Janney. Jodie is, to the day, one year younger than Meg and two years younger than Allison.
- She was voted the 57th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Considers her role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) to be a counterpart to her role in Taxi Driver (1976). In Taxi Driver (1976), she is a woman in bondage who has to be rescued. In The Silence of the Lambs (1991), she rescues the captive woman. In an interesting twist, her pimp in Taxi Driver (1976) was played by Harvey Keitel, who went on to play her future mentor, Jack Crawford, in Red Dragon (2002).
- Has played both son and daughter to John Astin. In Freaky Friday (1976), they play father and daughter. In the live action "The Addams Family" (1964) television series, Astin played Gomez. In an animated series, Foster voiced Pugsley Adams.
- Ranked #4 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
- Was three, when in an advertisement for suntan lotion, a puppy tugs at her underwear and reveals her white bottom.
- Her production company, Egg Pictures, is named after the character played by Seth Green in The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) in which Jodie starred.
- Never revealed who was the father of her two children. It is said that an anonymous donor is the biological father of Charles and Kit.
- She was fluent in Italian by age of 18
- Producer of Freaky Friday (2003) Andrew Gunn had initially hoped she would be game to play the mother (as Foster had played the daughter in the original film Freaky Friday (1976). Foster declined, in part because of concerns that the casting stunt would overshadow the movie's overall merit.
- She was all set to star in the TV film The Best Little Girl in the World (1981) (TV). Unfortunately an actors strike prevented the film from being made. By the time the production was ready to go, Jodie was already studying at Yale.
- Her performance as Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988) is ranked #56 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- She was the Commencement Speaker at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2006 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the school.
- Ranked #4 on VH-1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars of All Time