JODIE FOSTER's (The Nurse) stunning performances as a rape
survivor in The
Accused and as Special Agent Clarice Starling in the hit thriller The Silence of
earned her two Academy Awards
for Best Actress and a reputation as one of the most
critically acclaimed actresses of her generation.
Foster began her career at age three, appearing as "The Coppertone Girl" in
television commercial. She then went on to become a regular on a number of
series, including "Mayberry RFD," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "My Three
and "Paper Moon." She made her feature debut in Napoleon and Samantha when she
eight years old.
But it was her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975), which brought
the audience's attention, and her powerful portrayal of a streetwise teenager in
Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) that won her widespread critical praise and
attention. Foster appeared in a total of four films in 1976, Bugsy Malone,
Summer, Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane and Taxi Driver, which were all
at the Cannes Film Festival. Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone, earned her an Italian
In total, Foster has appeared in more than 40 films, including recent films
opposite Matt Damon for director Neil Blomkamp; Carnage for which she received a
Golden Globe Award nomination; Nim's Island with Gerard Butler; The Brave One
director Neil Jordan for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination;
Man with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen; the box-office hit Flightplan; Jean
Jeunet's French language film, A Very Long Engagement; David Fincher's
success, Panic Room; Anna and the King for director Andy Tenant, Contact for
Robert Zemeckis; Nell opposite Liam Neeson; the comedy Maverick opposite Mel
Gibson and James Garner and the romantic drama Sommersby opposite Richard Gere.
Other select motion picture credits include Woody Allen's stylized black and
comedy Shadows and Fog; Siesta; Stealing Home; Five Corners; as well as earlier
Tom Sawyer; 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
looped all of her own dialogue in French.
For her role in The Silence of the Lambs, Foster was also awarded a Golden
Award, a British Academy Award, a New York Film Critics 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
also became the only American actress to win two separate awards in the same
the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Supporting Actress and
Newcomer honoring her performances in both Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone.
n 2013 she was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association for Lifetime Achievement. Additionally, in 2016 she
awarded with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from
In addition to her acting, Foster has always had a keen interest in the art
Foster made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with the highly
Little Man Tate, in which she also starred. In 1995, Foster directed her second
Home for the Holidays, which she also produced. The film starred Holly Hunter,
Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr. In 2011 she directed The Beaver, which starred
Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin and Foster. In 2015 Foster directed
thriller Money Monster which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack
The film was released by Tristar in May 2016.
More recently, Foster made her television directorial debut. She directed
three highly acclaimed Netflix series - "Orange is the New Black" and "House of
as well as an episode of "Black Mirror", which aired late 2017. Foster received
Emmy Award Nomination and a Director's Guild Award Nomination for "Best
Directing in a Comedy Series" for "Orange is the New Black" and a Director's
Award Nomination for "Best Directing in a Drama Series" for "House of Cards".
Foster 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; as well as USA Films' Waking the Dead, directed by Keith Gordon
Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. In 1996, Egg presented the award-winning
film Hate (L'Haine) in the United States. Foster and Egg Pictures also produced
Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2001).
Foster graduated with honors from Yale University in 1985, earning a B.A. in
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