->''"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'', one for ''Series/HouseOfCards'', and [[Recap/BlackMirrorArkangel one]] for ''Series/BlackMirror''.

She's rumored 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.
* TheCastShowoff: She's perfectly fluent in French. She can speak it without American accent and demonstrates it in ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'', ''Film/TheBraveOne'' and ''Stop Calling Me Baby!''.
* ContractualPurity: PlayedWith. She made several films for Disney before ''and'' after she became a star as a teen prostitute in ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
* FormerChildStar: She is the most extreme Hollywood example of a child actor who grew well and has enjoyed a highly successful adult career.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Considers ''Nell'' to be her best performance. She actually thought her performance in ''Film/TheAccused'' was so bad she was prepared to quit acting over it (before she won the Oscar of course).
* TheOtherDarrin: She opted not to reprise her role as Clarice Starling in ''{{Film/Hannibal}}'', so Creator/JulianneMoore replaced her.
* RealLifeRelative: Her older sister Connie was her stand-in for some of the more risque scenes in ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
* RemakeCameo: She was offered the role of the mother in ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' but turned it down, not wanting the CastingGag to overshadow the movie's publicity.
* RomanceOnTheSet: She met Cydney Bernard on ''Sommersby'' and they were in a relationship for fifteen years.
* StarMakingRole: ''Film/TaxiDriver'' established her child career. ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' established her adult career.
* WagTheDirector: She changed her character in ''Film/TheBraveOne'' from a television reporter to a radio host because she is an avid listener of the radio.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She was cast in the MadeForTVMovie ''The Best Little Girl In The World'', but an actor's strike put production on hold. By the time it picked back up again, Jodie was already studying at Yale, so the role went to Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh.
** The role of Violet in ''Film/PrettyBaby'' was written for her. She turned it down, not wanting to be {{typecast|ing}} as teen prostitutes. Brooke Shields was cast for the finished film.
** ''The Game'' originally had a part for her as Creator/MichaelDouglas's daughter. The latter insisted that the female character be changed to his sister instead. Feeling she was too young to play his sister, Jodie withdrew from the film.
** She turned down the role of Catherine Tromell in ''Film/BasicInstinct'', which became a StarMakingRole for Creator/SharonStone.
** ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'' was written with her in mind to play Thelma. Creator/RidleyScott felt she was too young for the role, and cast Creator/GeenaDavis instead.
** Princess Leia in ''Film/StarWars'' was originally written as a younger character, with Jodie in mind. When George Lucas decided to make the character older, Creator/CarrieFisher was cast.
* WordOfSaintPaul: She considers ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'' to be a SpiritualAntithesis to ''Film/TaxiDriver''. In the latter, she's in bondage and rescued. In the former, she now rescues the young woman. What's more is that Creator/HarveyKeitel plays her pimp in ''Taxi Driver'' and later plays Clarice Starling's mentor in ''Film/RedDragon'' (though Jodie doesn't appear in that film).