Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster
) received her first Oscar nomination in 1976 at age thirteen (in Taxi Driver
) and has never looked back. More than three decades later, with two Best Actress Academy Awards and two more nominations, a never-ending stream of critical praise and a flawless record as a top draw at box-office 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 The Silence of the Lambs
was named the top heroine in American film by the AFI (as well as winning her her second Oscar for a lead role). 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 directed three films: Little Man Tate
, Home for the Holidays
and The Beaver
. She also directed two episodes for Orange Is The New Black
and one for House of Cards
Rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, graduated Magna Cum Laude
from Yale, was the first teenage celebrity to host Saturday Night Live
at age 14 (and was the youngest host until Drew Barrymore hosted in 1982 at age seven), and unintentionally inspired perhaps the most egregious
example of Misaimed Fandom
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.