Jodie Foster

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Person.png Jodie Foster   ISGPRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(movie star)
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BornNovember 19, 1962
Los Angeles, California
Alma materLycée Français de Los Angeles, Yale University
SpouseAlexandra Hedison
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1996
Hollywood movie star. Had multiple stalkers who wanted to kill Ronald Reagan.

Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director, and producer.[1][2] Foster began her professional career as a child model when she was three years old. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award.

She was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1996.

Early life

Foster was born on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, the youngest child of Evelyn Ella ("Brandy"; née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, a wealthy businessman. Her parents' marriage had ended before she was born, and she never established a relationship with her father.[3]

Following the divorce, Brandy raised the children with her partner in Los Angeles. She worked as a publicist for film producer Arthur P. Jacobs, until focusing on managing the acting careers of Buddy and Jodie. Although Foster was officially named Alicia, her siblings began calling her "Jodie", and the name stuck.[17]

Foster was a gifted child who learned to read at age three. She attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a French-language prep school. Her fluency in French has enabled her to act in French films, and she also dubs herself in French-language versions of most of her English-language films. At her graduation in 1980, she delivered the valedictorian address for the school's French division. She then attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut[4] where she majored in African-American literature, and graduated magna cum laude in 1985.


Foster began her professional career as a child model when she was three years old, and made her acting debut in 1968 in the television sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she worked in several television series and made her film debut with Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972). Her breakthrough came with Scorsese's psychological thriller Taxi Driver (1976), where she played a child prostitute, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other roles as a teenager include the musical Bugsy Malone (1976) and the thriller The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), where she struggled with the director over inclusion of nude scenes.[5][6]

After attending Yale University, Foster struggled to transition into adult roles until she gained critical acclaim for playing a rape survivor in the legal drama The Accused (1988), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She won her second Academy Award three years later for the psychological horror film The Silence of the Lambs (1991), where she portrayed FBI agent Clarice Starling. She made her debut as a film director the same year with Little Man Tate.

Foster experienced career setbacks in the early 2000s, including the cancellation of a film project and the closing down of her production company, but she then starred in four commercially successful thrillers: Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005), Inside Man (2006), and The Brave One (2007). She has concentrated on directing in the 2010s, with the films The Beaver (2011) and Money Monster (2016),[7] and episodes for Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Black Mirror. She received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for "Lesbian Request Denied", the third episode of the former.

John Hinckley incident

During her freshman year at Yale in 1980–1981, Foster was stalked by John W. Hinckley, Jr., who had developed an obsession with her after watching Taxi Driver.[8][9] He moved to New Haven and tried to contact her by letter and telephone.[9][10] 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.[9] The incident attracted intense media attention, and Foster was accompanied by bodyguards while on campus.[11][8] Although Judge Barrington D. Parker confirmed that Foster was innocent in the case and had been "unwittingly ensnared in a third party's alleged attempt to assassinate an American President", her videotaped testimony was played at Hinckley's trial.[12][10]

Edward Richardson incident

While at Yale, the 17-year-old Foster also had other stalkers, including Edward Michael Richardson, who planned to kill her but changed his mind after watching her perform in a college play.

She appeared as scheduled in a campus play while a second madman sat in the audience deciding whether to kill her. (He was identified soon after through a written death threat slipped under Foster’s door.) He confessed that after having watched her in the play, he had concluded she was too beautiful to kill. Federal authorities arrested Richardson at the Port Authority bus terminal, in New York. He was headed for Washington, D.C., with a loaded gun, intent on finishing what Hinckley had left undone, assassinating Reagan.[11]

The Beaver

The Beaver, a 2011 psychological drama film[13] directed by Jodie Foster and written by Kyle Killen. A co-production of United States and United Arab Emirates, it stars Mel Gibson, Foster, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. Marking Gibson's and Foster's second collaboration since 1994's Maverick, it follows Walter Black, a depressed executive, who hits rock-bottom when his wife kicks him out of the house. At his lowest point, he begins to use a beaver hand puppet to communicate with people and overcome his issues. The film notably saved Gibson's career,, who had been surrounded with high controversies and criticisms regarding his statements and battery case, although the film became a box office bomb grossing just $7.3 million against its $21 million budget.[14]

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  5. Erb, Cynthia (2010). Jodie Foster and Brooke Shields: 'New Ways to Look at the Young'". Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s. New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press page 94-95
  8. a b A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts. Facts on File. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0-8160-4398-1.
  9. a b c Ewing, Charles Patrick; McCann, Joseph T. (2006). Minds on Trial: Great cases in law and psychology. Oxford University Press. pp. 91–102.
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