ANNA AND THE KING
JODIE FOSTER's (Anna
Leonowens) acclaimed performances as a rape survivor in "The Accused"
(1988) and as Special Agent Clarice Starling in the hit thriller "The
Silence of the Lambs" (1991) earned her two Academy Awards for Best
Foster made her motion
picture directorial debut in 1991 with the highly acclaimed "Little Man
Tate," in which she also starred. In 1995, Foster directed her second film,
"Home for the Holidays," which she also produced. Most recently
audiences saw Foster star in Robert Zemeckis' "Contact."
In 1992, Foster founded
Egg Pictures, which produced "Nell" (1994), for which Foster earned an
Academy Award nomination, "Home for the Holidays" (1995), the cable
television film "The Baby Dance" (1998), which won a Peabody Award and
received four Emmy Award nominations, and three Golden Globe Award nominations
including best miniseries, and the upcoming film
"Waking the Dead," starring Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly,
directed by Keith Gordon. In 1996, Egg Pictures also presented the award-winning
film "L'Haine" in the United States.
Foster began her career
at age three, appearing as "The Coppertone Girl" in television
commercials. She then went on to become a regular on a number of television
series, including "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "My Three
Sons" and "Paper Moon." She made her feature debut in
"Napoleon and Samantha" when she was eight years old.
But it was her role in
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974) and her powerful portrayal
of a streetwise teenager in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1976)
that won her widespread critical praise and international attention.
Foster received her
first Oscar nomination and awards from the National Society of Film Critics and
the Los Angeles Film Critics for her role in "Taxi Driver." She also
became the only American actress to win two separate awards in the same year
from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Best Supporting Actress,
and Best Newcomer honoring her performances in both "Taxi Driver" and "Bugsy Malone."
Foster appeared in a
total of four films in 1976: "Bugsy Malone," "Echoes of a
Summer," "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" and "Taxi
Driver," which were all presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Alan
Parker's "Bugsy Malone" earned her an Italian comedy award.
In total, Foster has
appeared in 33 films including "Tom Sawyer" (1973), "Freaky
Friday" (1977), "Foxes" (1980), "The Hotel New
Hampshire" (1984), "Le Sang des Autres" (1984), for which the
multi-lingual Foster looped all of her own dialogue in French,
"Siesta" (1987), "Stealing Home" (1988) and "Five
Corners" (1988). She also appeared in "Shadows and Fog," "Sommersby"
Next Foster will
produce and direct "Flora Plum," the story of a circus freak who takes
pity on a penniless waif and puts her on the road to stardom, but falls in love
with her at the same time Set in the 1930s, the film stars Claire Danes and will begin production in 2000.
Foster graduated with
honors from Yale University in 1984, earning a B.A. in Literature.
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