Jodie Foster

Actor + Film Director and Producer
Born Nov 19, 1962

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at three years of age, and her first significant role came at age 13 in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute Iris for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also that year, she starred in the cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.… Read More

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1962 Birth Foster was born on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, as the youngest child of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III. … Read More
1965 2 Years Old Foster's career began with an appearance as the Coppertone girl in a television advertisement in 1965, when she was only three years old. … Read More
1968 5 Years Old The television spot led to more advertisement work, and in 1968 to a minor appearance in the sitcom Mayberry R.F.D., in which her brother starred. … Read More


…  Foster also acted in another film nominated for the Palme d'Or in 1976, Bugsy Malone. … Read More
1977 14 Years Old …  Her other films released in 1977 were the Italian comedy Casotto (1977), and the Disney heist film Candleshoe (1977), which was filmed in England and co-starred veteran actors David Niven and Helen Hayes.
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After its release, Foster did not appear in any new releases until 1980, the year she turned eighteen. … Read More
1981 18 Years Old …  On March 30, 1981, Hinckley attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan, wounding him and three other people, claiming that his motive was to impress Foster. … Read More


1985 22 Years Old None of them were however successful, and Foster struggled to find work after graduating in 1985. … Read More
In 1988, Foster made her debut as a director with the episode "Do Not Open This Box" for the horror anthology series Tales from the Darkside, and in August appeared in the romantic drama Stealing Home (1988) opposite Mark Harmon. … Read More
Later in 1991, Foster also starred in the unsuccessful low-budget thriller Catchfire, which had been filmed before Silence, but was released after it in an attempt to profit from its success.
1992 29 Years Old …  Foster made her debut as a film director the same year with the moderately successful Little Man Tate (1991), and founded her own production company, Egg Pictures, in 1992. … Read More


1993 30 Years Old …  She met Bernard on the set of Sommersby (1993) and was in a relationship with her from 1993 to 2008.
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…  Foster's first project for Egg Pictures, Nell, was released in December 1994. … Read More
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She also had an asteroid, 17744 Jodiefoster, named in her honor in 1998. … Read More
2001 38 Years Old …  In addition to these setbacks, Foster shut down Egg Pictures in 2001, stating that producing was "just a really thankless, bad job". … Read More
2002 39 Years Old It grossed over $30 million on its North American opening weekend in March 2002, thus becoming the most successful film opening of Foster's career as of 2015. … Read More


2007 44 Years Old While she had been in a relationship with Bernard for a long time, Foster first publicly acknowledged it in a speech at the Hollywood Reporter's "Women in Entertainment" breakfast honoring her in 2007.
2009 46 Years Old In 2009, she provided the voice for Maggie in a tetralogy episode of The Simpsons titled "Four Great Women and a Manicure". … Read More
In February 2011, she hosted the 36th César Awards in France, and the following month released her third feature film direction, The Beaver (2011), about a depressed man who develops an alternative personality based on a beaver hand puppet. … Read More


2013 50 Years Old In January 2013, Foster received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. … Read More
She also returned to television directing for the first time since the 1980s, directing the episodes "Lesbian Request Denied" (2013) and "Thirsty Bird" (2014) for Orange Is the New Black, and the episode "Chapter 22" (2014) for House of Cards. "Lesbian Request Denied" brought her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and the two 2014 episodes earned her two nominations for a Directors Guild of America Award.
2016 53 Years Old The following year, Foster received the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the Athena Film Festival, and directed her next film, Money Monster, which stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and was released in May 2016.
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