Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Alicia Christian Jodie Foster               

Nickname/ Stage Name: Jodie Foster

Birth Date:  November 19, 1962                

Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Sci-fi

Occupation(s): Actress, Director, Producer

Years Active: 1965 till Present  

Net Worth: $100 million


Personal life

Jodie Foster met producer Cydney Bernard and they were married from 1993 to 2008. The union produced two sons (born in 1998 and 2001).

After a year of dating, Foster married actress and photographer Alexandra Hedison in April 2014.

Her sexual orientation became a topic of public debate in 1991 when publications claimed that she was a closeted lesbian in response to the alleged homophobia and transphobia in The Silence of the Lambs. She had been in a 14-year relationship with Bernard.

Jodie Foster first acknowledged it publicly in a speech honoring her at The Hollywood Reporter's "Women in Entertainment" breakfast in 2007.

She addressed her coming out in a speech after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards in 2013, prompting many news outlets to label her as gay, despite the fact that she did not use the words "gay" or "lesbian" in her speech.


After high school, Foster attended Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Literature in 1985. In 1997, Yale conferred her an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. 


Jodie Foster's career began in 1965 when she was just three years old. She appeared in a Coppertone TV commercial. Her mother had only intended for Jodie's older brother Buddy to audition, but she brought Jodie with them to the casting call, where she was noticed by the casting agents.

She enjoyed acting as a child and values her early work for the experience it provided her. Her mother was concerned that her daughter's career would end when she grew out of playing children, so she suggested that Foster start acting in films for adults as well.

Martin Scorsese cast her as a child prostitute in Taxi Driver (1976). Foster had to go through a psychiatric evaluation and was accompanied by a psychiatrist in order to make the film.

Foster's breakthrough into adult roles came with her portrayal in The Accused (1988)as a rape survivor. Her first film release was the thriller The Silence of the Lambs (1991). She played FBI trainee Clarice Starling, who is dispatched to interview incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in order to track down another serial killer, Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb (Ted Levine).

The actress shifted her focus to directing in the 2010s and took on fewer acting roles. In February 2011, she hosted the 36th César Awards in France.

She directed the finale of the 2020 sci-fi drama Tales from the Loop and led the cast of the legal drama The Mauritanian as a lawyer representing a suspected terrorist.


Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1976)

National Society of Film Critics Award (1976, 1988)

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award (1976, 1988, 1991)

Saturn Award (1978, 1998)

National Board of Review Award (1988)

Independent Spirit Award (1988)

Academy Award (1989, 1992)

Golden Globe Award (1989,1992, 2013, 2021)

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award (1991, 1994)

Jupiter Award (1991, 1992, 1997, 2007)

New York Film Critics Circle Award (1991)

New York Women in Film and Television Award (1991)

20/20 Award (1991)

Chicago Film Critics Association Award (1991)

Fangoria Chainsaw Award (1991)

Golden Apple Award (1991)

Boston Film Festival Award (1991)

Bravo Otto Award (1991)

Telluride Film Festival Award (1991)

Hasty Pudding Theatricals Award (1992)

ShoWest Convention Award (1992)

British Academy Film Award (1992, 1997)

Elle Women in Hollywood Award (1994)

Goldene Kamera Award (1994)

Southeastern Film Critics Association Award (1994)

Screen Actors Guild Award (1994)

People's Choice Award (1995)

Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award (1996)

Berlin International Film Festival Award (1996)

American Society of Cinematographers Award (1996)

Chicago International Film Festival Award (1996)

European Film Award (1997)

Online Film & Television Association Award (1997, 2015)

Rembrandt Award (1997)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award (1997)

Blockbuster Entertainment Award (1997)

Hamburg International Film Festival Award (1997)

Satellite Award (1998)

American Cinematheque Award (1999)

Hollywood Film Award (2002)

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Award (2005)

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award (2007)

Detroit Film Critics Society Award (2011)

Boston Society of Film Critics Award (2011)

Athena Film Festival Award (2015)

Britannia Award (2016)

AFI Conservatory Award (2018)


"Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."

"Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable."

"It's not my personality to be extroverted emotionally, so acting has been helpful to me."


Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history. 

As a child, she was attacked by a lion and carried briefly in its mouth while filming Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972).

She had to pull out of Double Jeopardy (1999) because she became pregnant.


Napoleon and Samantha (1972)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Foxes (1980)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anna and the King (1999)

Panic Room (2002)

Elysium (2013)

Hotel Artemis (2018)

The Mauritanian (2021)

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