Foster, Jodie

Foster, Jodie
orig. Alicia Christian Foster

born Nov. 19, 1962, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.

U.S. film actress and director.

A professional actress by age three, she continued to play child roles in family films while earning praise as a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver (1976) and a seductive speakeasy queen in an all-child cast in Bugsy Malone (1976). As an adult she won acclaim for her nuanced performances in films such as The Accused (1988, Academy Award), The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Academy Award), Nell (1994), and Panic Room (2002). She turned to directing with Little Man Tate (1991) and Home for the Holidays (1995).

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▪ American actress
original name  Alicia Christian Foster 
born Nov. 19, 1962, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.

      American motion-picture actress who began her career as a tomboyish and mature child actress. Although she has demonstrated a flair for comedy, she is best known for her dramatic portrayals of misfit characters set against intimidating challenges.

      Foster began her professional career as a very young child in television, appearing first in commercials. She starred in her own short-lived series, Paper Moon (1974), based on the 1973 film of the same name. She appeared in a number of Disney films, beginning with Napoleon and Samantha (1972).

      Director Martin Scorsese (Scorsese, Martin) cast Foster in a bit part in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) before giving her the role of Iris, the 12-year-old prostitute who becomes the object of the title character's obsession in Taxi Driver (1976); her precocious and complex performance earned her critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress. Her later films as a child actress were less impressive, but her performances were consistently admired. Foster graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1985.

      Perhaps because of her screen image of early maturity, Foster was never dismissed as merely a child actress but instead was able to make a relatively smooth transition to adult roles. In The Accused (1988) she gave a remarkable performance as Sarah Tobias, a rape victim who struggles with inequities in the justice system. In The Silence of the Lambs (1991) she tracks a serial killer as FBI agent Clarice Starling. Both performances won her Academy Awards as best actress.

      In the 1990s Foster branched into other areas of filmmaking. She made her directorial debut in 1991 with Little Man Tate, in which she also costarred. In 1994 she coproduced Nell, for which she also received an Oscar nomination for best actress. In 1997 Foster starred in Contact, an adaptation of the science-fiction novel by Carl Sagan. Her later films include Panic Room (2002), Inside Man (2006), and The Brave One (2007).

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Universalium. 2010.

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