->''"I've always had this idea that I wanted movies to make people better not worse."''

Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster; November 19, 1962) received her first [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination at age thirteen (for ''Film/TaxiDriver'') and has never looked back.

More than three decades later -- having gained two Best Actress Oscars and two more nominations, a never-ending stream of critical praise and a flawless record as a top box-office draw for her wide releases -- Foster is known for playing a wide variety of lead roles in virtually every single genre, including foreign films, films she's directed, indie films, and some of the most popular movies of all time. Her Clarice Starling in ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' was named the top heroine in American film by the AFI (as well as winning her her second Oscar for a lead role). ''{{Film/Contact}}'' led to an asteroid being named in her honour, and at the 70th annual Golden Globes, she received a lifetime achievement award and publicly came out about her sexuality for the first time.

Besides her acting work, Foster has directed four films: ''Film/LittleManTate'', ''Home for the Holidays'', ''Film/TheBeaver'' and ''Film/MoneyMonster''. She also directed two episodes for ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' and one for ''Series/HouseOfCards''.

Rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, graduated ''magna cum laude'' from Yale, was the first teenage celebrity to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' at age 14 (and was the youngest host until Creator/DrewBarrymore hosted in 1982 at age seven), and unintentionally inspired [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_assassination_attempt perhaps the most]] {{egregious}} example of MisaimedFandom in the last century. Jodie Foster has given "celebrity" an... ''interesting'' definition, to say the least.

Incidentally, that last part is her own personal {{Berserk Button}}. To this day, interviewers are warned not to bring it up before talking to her, and she's been known to walk off immediately if they ignore that advice. In general, Foster is very secretive about her private life; she gave birth to two sons but has not revealed the identity of the children's father(s), and as mentioned above, took several years to come out of the closet.

!!Filmography includes:

* ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore'' (1974)
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (1976)
* ''Film/BugsyMalone'' (1976)
* ''Film/FreakyFriday'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheLittleGirlWhoLivesDownTheLane'' (1976)
* ''Film/{{Candleshoe}}'' (1977)
* ''Literature/TheHotelNewHampshire'' (1984)
* ''Film/TheAccused'' (1988)
* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' (1991)
* ''Film/LittleManTate'' (1991)
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Nell}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Contact}}'' (1997)
* ''Film/AnnaAndTheKing'' (1999)
* ''Film/PanicRoom'' (2002)
* ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Flightplan}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/InsideMan'' (2006)
* ''Film/TheBraveOne'' (2007)
* ''Literature/NimsIsland'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheBeaver'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Carnage}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' (2013)

!!Other roles:

* The voice of Anne Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
* The [[CrossDressingVoices voice of Pugsley]] in several animated series of ''WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily.''
* The voice of the tattoo, "Betty," in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Never Again."
* The voice of [[SuddenlyVoiced Maggie]] in one episode of WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.