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JODIE FOSTER's (Madeline White) stunning 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 Actress and a reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation.

For her role in The Silence of the Lambs, Foster was also awarded a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Chicago Film Critics Award. 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 most recently starred in the box office thriller Flightplan and had a cameo appearance in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French language film A Very Long Engagement. Prior to that, she starred in David Fincher's box office hit Panic Room and starred in the title role in Anna and the King for director Andy Tenant.

In total, Foster has appeared in nearly 40 films, including Contact, for director Robert Zemeckis; Nell, opposite Liam Neeson; the comedy Maverick, opposite Mel Gibson and James Garner; and opposite Richard Gere in the romantic drama Sommersby. Other select motion picture credits include Woody Allen's stylized black-and-white comedy Shadows and Fog; Mary Lambert's Siesta, opposite Ellen Barkin; Stealing Home; and Five Corners. She also starred in such earlier films as Tom Sawyer, Disney's Freaky Friday, Adrian Lyne's Foxes, Tony Richardson's The Hotel New Hampshire and Claude Chabrol's The Blood of Others, for which the multi-lingual Foster looped all of her own dialogue in French.

Foster began her career at age three, appearing as the Coppertone Girl in the television commercial. She then went on to become a regular on a number of television series, including Mayberry RFD, 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 (1975) that brought her to the audience's eyes 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 appeared in a total of four films in 1976: Bugsy Malone, Echoes of 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 addition to her acting, Foster has always had a keen interest in the art of filmmaking. 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; the film starred Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr.

Foster had founded Egg Pictures in 1992 and the company produced Nell (1994), for which Foster earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress; Home for the Holidays (1995); the Showtime telefilm The Baby Dance (1998), which received a Peabody Award, four Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations; and USA Films' Waking the Dead, directed by Keith Gordon and starring Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. In 1996, Egg presented the award-winning French film Hate in the United States. Egg Pictures most recently produced The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2001).

Foster graduated with honors from Yale University in 1985, earning a BA in literatu

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