Nov. 19th, 1962
Los Angeles, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Anne Chan (Voiced)
Jodie Foster (segment "Young Han Solo Audition")
Alethea Patricia Ingram
Alicia Christian Foster (born November 19, 1962), known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer.
Foster started her career at the age of two in an ad campaign for Coppertone. For four years, she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968), on which her brother, 'Buddy Foster', was a regular.
In 1975, Foster was offered the role of the prostitute Iris in the movie Taxi Driver (1976), after 'Melanie Griffith' turned it down. This role, for which she received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, marked a breakthrough in her career.
In 1980, she graduated as the best of her class from the French College of Los Angeles and began to study English Literature at Yale University, from where she graduated in 1985.
One tragic moment in her life was March 30, 1981 when 'John Hinckley' attempted to assassinate the President of the United States, 'Ronald Reagan'. Hinkley was obsessed with Foster and the movie Taxi Driver (1976), in which Travis Bickle, played by 'Robert De Niro', tried to shoot presidential candidate, Palantine.
Despite the fact that Foster never took acting lessons, she received two Oscars before she was thirty years of age. She received her first award for her part as Sarah Tobias in The Accused (1988) and the second one for her performance as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
- Producer of _Freaky Friday (2003)_ (qv) 'Andrew Gunn (I)' (qv) had initially hoped she would be game to play the mother, as Foster had played the daughter in the original film _Freaky Friday (1976)_ (qv). Foster declined, in part because of concerns that the casting stunt would overshadow the movie's overall merit.
- Turned down the role of Angel in _Little Darlings (1980)_ (qv). 'Kristy McNichol' (qv) played the part.
- Ranked #4 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
- Her performance as Sarah Tobias in _The Accused (1988)_ (qv) is ranked #56 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Made an acceptance speech at a breakfast for Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment, where she paid tribute to her longtime companion 'Cydney Bernard' (qv), ending all speculations about her sexual orientation (December 2007).
- Shut down production company Egg Pictures in late 2001 to spend more time with her children.
- Was offered the lead role in _The Exorcist (1973)_ (qv) sequel _Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)_ (qv), but the role returned to 'Linda Blair' (qv). She turned down the offer in order to play Annabel in _Freaky Friday (1976)_ (qv).
- Considers her role in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) to be a counterpart to her role in _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv). In _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv), she is a woman in bondage who has to be rescued. In _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), she rescues the captive woman. In an interesting twist, her pimp in _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv) was played by 'Harvey Keitel' (qv), who went on to play her future mentor, Jack Crawford, in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv).