Born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1963 in Los Angeles, California to a Hollywood publicist and divorce, Evelyn Foster, she is one among Evelyn's four children.
Her very first exposure to the camera was in a Coppertone commercial. She had several commercial ad stints before she landed a role in several TV series beginning with "Mayberry RFD", "My Three Sons", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"; guesting on "The Partridge Family" in the episode "Eleven Year Itch" in 1970, and in "Kung Fu". Her Mom ultimately got her a leading role job in the Disney feature film "Napoleon & Samantha" in 1972.
There were various movies she appeared in after "Napoleon..." (see Jodie's Filmography for more details.) but that didn't inhibit her education though, she enrolled in Yale University and graduated cum laude in English Literature.
Her on-screen success never really glared until "The Accused" in 1988.
She played Sarah Tobias superbly, a victim of gang rape where the assailants never quite gotwhat they truly
deserve from the court because of Sarah's credibility
& "conspicuousness". This brought Jodie her first Academy Award for Best
Actress in a Leading Role, and opened for her the usually unfriendly gates
of fame. After "The Accused", came a semi-lousy movie called "Backtrack"
from Vestron Pictures co-starring and directed by Hollywood badboy Dennis
Hopper. Sad to say, but this film didn't live up to all our expectations,
nonetheless, Jodie gave her best in this film and came out ahead. But that
didn't stop Jodie from acquiring a lead part in Jonathan Demme's "The Silence
Of The Lambs" in 1991. Where she won her second Academy Award for Best Actress
in a Leading Role. Co-starring the brilliant Anthony Hopkins, which won
the Best Actor in a Leading Role for that year, directed by Jonathan Demme
(who also won Best Director). "Silence Of The Lambs" won the much coveted
Best Picture of the Year, that finally cemented the Hollywood success of
Jodie, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Jonathan Demme. Personally, I've watched
"The Silence Of The Lambs" 14 times (count 'em, katorse!) already. Yes,
it's that good. Take it from a movie buff/expert like me, "The Silence Of
The Lambs" really packs a wallop. It's the story of a rookie FBI agent trying
to solve a serial-killing case by seeking the help of one demented, cannibalistic
psychiatrist named Hannibal Lecter (played magnificently by Hopkins). This
film left an impact on the general viewing public that made it a part of
American culture, no, not serial-killing, but Moviemaking. After that, she
made her directorial debut on the film "Little Man Tate". A film about a
struggling mother raising a gifted child. The film has its up- and downside,
but this is where she showed the world that she's not only an accomplished
actor, but also a capable director. Then came "Shadows & Fog" by Woody Allen,
then the Mel Gibson vehicle "Maverick". "Maverick" revealed her comedic
talent as well and sparked the infamous Mel-Jodie friendship. "Nell" came
after that, where she played an autistic lass guided by the gentle hands
of Liam Neeson. Some say that this role was tailor-made for the Oscars,
which earned her third Oscar nomination, but I say that every Jodie Foster
film is tailor-made for any award. Jodie Foster is one of our own, a down-to-earth
person who gives her everything in all that she does and all that she wants.
A purpose of success and survival, she plays her roles with life and love,
not thinking of what people may say, but thinking of what she hopes to accomplish.
She never intended to mark a statement with the public, but she seems to
make one in spite of that. A wise thespian and an aesthetic woman, Jodie
Foster is indeed Hollywood Divinity Personified. For us who revel in her
elegance and charm, for us who extracts happiness and relief from her motion
pictures, we are the lucky ones.