Nov. 19th, 1962
Los Angeles, California, USA
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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).
- Turned down the role of "Catherine Tramell" for _Basic Instinct (1992)_ (qv), that ultimately went to 'Sharon Stone (I)' (qv).
- Starred as Addie Pray in the short-lived TV show _"Paper Moon" (1974)_ (qv), which was originally a movie starring 'Tatum O'Neal' (qv).
- Received an Honorary Degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- Her favorite actress is 'Meryl Streep' (qv).
- Considered 'Randy Stone (I)' (qv) her best friend until his death.
- Turned down the role of Angel in _Little Darlings (1980)_ (qv). 'Kristy McNichol' (qv) played the part.
- 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 (I)' (qv) then decided to make Princess Leia older.
- Ranked #18 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 2007).