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).
- Foster was pursued by an obsessed fan named John Hinckley, Jr. Hinckley came up with a plan to impress her by attempting to assassinate Ronald Regan but missed him and wounded James Brady. Hinckley has been in a psychiatric hospital ever since.
- Ranked #4 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
- Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
- Gave birth to Charles Bernard Foster on 20 July 1998 and Kit Bernard Foster on 29 September 2001.
- Attended Yale University at the same time as 'Jennifer Beals (I)' (qv).
- Replaced 'Nicole Kidman' (qv) in the role of "Meg Altman" in _Panic Room (2002)_ (qv) at the last minute when Kidman injured herself.
- Enjoys kickboxing, yoga, karate, aerobics, and weightlifting and collects fancy kitchenware and B&W photos.
- Rated No. 36 in the 2008 Power 50 issue of Out magazine.