Nov. 19th, 1962
Los Angeles, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Anne Chan (Voiced)
Herself - Host
Alethea Patricia Ingram
Herself - Guest
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).
- _The Game (1997)_ (qv) was originally written as a star vehicle for her, but the project changed direction and the female lead became male.
- Her favorite book is "Franny and Zooey" by 'J.D. Salinger' (qv).
- Considers her performance in Nell as her best one.
- Born Alicia Christian Foster, her three siblings insisted on calling her "Jodie.".
- Has said that her only regret is that she would love to live life without knowing what it's like to be famous.
- 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).
- Rock group 'Asia (VIII)' (qv) wrote the song 'Alibis' about her.
- 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.