One of my favorite actress from all-time is having a Birthday today! Happy 50th Anniversary, Jodie Foster.
I grew up watching the films of Jodie Foster in the 70s, such as “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “Taxi Driver”, “Bugsy Malone”, “The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane” and “Freaky Friday”.
That little girl with golden hair and deep blue eyes enchanted me from the very first movie I saw with her. In the ’80s were few films because she was finishing her studies. She then attended Yale University, earning a bachelor’s degree in literature in 1985.
Jodie Foster was born on November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest of four children born to Evelyn Ella “Brandy” (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster II. Jodie has an older brother, “Buddy”, who was also a child actor, and two older sisters, Lucinda and Constance. After appearing as a child in several commercials, Jodie Foster made her first credited TV appearance on “The Doris Day Show”. Her first film role was in the 1970 television movie “Menace on the Mountain”, which was followed by several Disney productions.
Unlike other child stars such as Shirley Temple or Tatum O’Neal, Jodie Foster successfully made the transition to more mature roles, but it was not without initial difficulty, as several of the films in her early adult career were financially unsuccessful. These included “The Hotel New Hampshire”, “Five Corners”, and “Stealing Home”.
She had to audition for her role in “The Accused”. She won the part and the first of her two Golden Globes and Academy Awards and a nomination for a BAFTA Award as Best Actress for her role as a rape survivor. She starred as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller “The Silence of the Lambs”, for which she won her second Academy Award and Golden Globe, and won her first BAFTA Award for Best Actress. This is the film for which Foster has won the most awards.
Jodie Foster made her directorial debut in 1991, with “Little Man Tate”, a critically acclaimed drama about a child prodigy, in which she also co-starred as the child’s mother. She also directed “Home for the Holidays” (1995), a black comedy starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. In 1992, Jodie founded a production company called Egg Pictures in Los Angeles. It primarily produced independent films for distribution by other companies until it was closed in 2001. Source: Wikipedia.
Jodie and Connie on the set of Taxi Driver. The actress, then 12 years old, had to be replaced by her older sister in heavy scenes of the film directed by Martin Scorsese.
In an extensive filmography as hers, I have many favorite movies of Jodie Foster, and they are:
Taxi Driver, 1976, directed by Martin Scorsese, as Iris Steensma.