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Jodie Foster

Highest Rated:   99% Taxi Driver (1976)
Lowest Rated:   20% Motherhood (2009)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California
The youngest of four children born to Evelyn "Brandy" Foster, Jodie Foster entered the world on November 19, 1962, under the name Alicia, but earned her "proper" name when her siblings insisted upon Jodie. A stage-mother supreme, Brandy Foster dragged her kids from one audition to another, securing work for son Buddy in the role of Ken Berry's son on the popular sitcom Mayberry RFD. It was on Mayberry that Foster, already a professional thanks to her stint as the Coppertone girl (the little kid whose swimsuit was being pulled down by a dog on the ads for the suntan lotion), made her TV debut in a succession of minor roles. Buddy would become disenchanted with acting, but Jodie stayed at it, taking a mature, businesslike approach to the disciplines of line memorization and following directions that belied her years. Janet Waldo, a voice actress who worked on the 1970s cartoon series The Addams Family, would recall in later years that Foster, cast due to her raspy voice in the male role of Puggsley Addams, took her job more seriously and with more dedication than many adult actors.After her film debut in Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972), Foster was much in demand, though she was usually cast in "oddball" child roles by virtue of her un-starlike facial features. She was cast in the Tatum O'Neal part in the 1974 TV series based on the film Paper Moon -- perhaps the last time she would ever be required to pattern her performance after someone else's. In 1975, Foster was cast in what remains one of her most memorable roles, as preteen prostitute Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Both the director and the on-set supervisors made certain that she would not be psychologically damaged by the sleaziness of her character's surroundings and lifestyle; alas, the film apparently did irreparable damage to the psyche of at least one of its viewers. In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan, and when captured, insisted he'd done it to impress Foster -- a re-creation of a similar incident in Taxi Driver. The resultant negative publicity made Foster (who'd been previously stalked by Hinckley) extremely sensitive to the excesses of the media; through absolutely no fault of her own, she'd become the quarry of every tabloid and "investigative journalist" in the world. Thereafter, she would stop an interview cold whenever the subject of Hinckley was mentioned, and even ceased answering fan mail or giving out autographs. This (justifiable) shunning of "the public" had little if any effect on Foster's professional life; after graduating magna cum laude from Yale University (later she would also receive an honorary Doctorate), the actress appeared in a handful of "small" films of little commercial value just to recharge her acting batteries, and then came back stronger than ever with her Oscar-winning performance in The Accused (1988), in which she played a rape victim seeking justice. Foster followed up this triumph with another Oscar for her work as FBI investigator Clarice Starling (a role turned down by several prominent actresses) in the 1991 chiller The Silence of the Lambs.Not completely satisfied professionally, Foster went into directing with a worthwhile drama about the tribulations of a child genius, Little Man Tate (1991) -- a logical extension, according to some movie insiders, of Foster's tendency to wield a great deal of authority on the set. Foster would also balance the artistic integrity of her award-winning work with the more commercial considerations of such films as Maverick (1994). She made her debut as producer in 1994 with the acclaimed Nell, in which she also gave an Oscar-nominated performance as a backwoods wild child brought into the modern world. Foster would continue to to produce and direct, with 1995's Home for the Holidays and 2011's The Beaver.Foster would continue to chose a challenging variety of roles, playing scien

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Money Monster
  • Director
2016
67% Elysium
  • Secretary Delacourt
$90.8M 2013
71% Carnage
  • Penelope Longstreet
$2.2M 2011
61% The Beaver
  • Director
  • Meredith Black
$0.9M 2011
20% Motherhood
  • Herself
$0.1M 2009
51% Nim's Island
  • Alexandra Rover
$48.0M 2008
No Score Yet 100 Films and a Funeral
  • Actor
2007
43% The Brave One
  • Erica Bain
  • Executive Producer
$36.9M 2007
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
87% Inside Man
  • Madeline White
$88.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
38% Flightplan
  • Kyle
$89.7M 2005
78% A Very Long Engagement
  • Elodie Gordes
$6.2M 2004
No Score Yet In the Company of Women
  • Actor
2004
77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  • Producer
  • Sister Assumpta
$1.6M 2002
76% Panic Room
  • Meg Altman
$95.4M 2002
51% Anna and the King
  • Anna Leonowens
2000
51% Waking the Dead
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Baby Dance
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
62% Contact
  • Ellie Arroway
1997
63% Home for the Holidays
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
53% Nell
  • Nell
  • Producer
1994
67% Maverick
  • Annabelle Bransford
1994
63% Sommersby
  • Laurel Sommersby
1993
No Score Yet All About Bette
  • Host
1993
No Score Yet Women's Voices
  • Narrator
1993
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Prostitute
1992
76% Little Man Tate
  • Director
  • Dede Tate
1991
95% The Silence of the Lambs
  • Clarice Starling
1991
50% Backtrack
  • Anne Benton
1990
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife
  • Narrator
1989
95% The Accused
  • Sarah Tobias
1988
22% Stealing Home
  • Katie Chandler
1988
20% Siesta
  • Nancy
1987
75% Five Corners
  • Linda
1987
No Score Yet Mesmerized
  • Producer
  • Victoria
1986
No Score Yet The Blood of Others
  • Helene
1984
77% The Hotel New Hampshire
  • Frannie Berry
1984
No Score Yet Svengali
  • Zoe Alexander
1983
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife
  • Barbara O'Hara
1982
No Score Yet Carny
  • Donna
1980
67% Foxes
  • Jeanie
1980
No Score Yet Candleshoe
  • Casey
1977
No Score Yet Il Casotto
  • Tersina
1977
No Score Yet Moi, fleur bleue (Stop calling me baby!)
  • Rosebud
1977
71% Freaky Friday
  • Annabel Andrews
1976
83% Bugsy Malone
  • Tallulah
1976
99% Taxi Driver
  • Iris
1976
No Score Yet Echoes of a Summer
  • Deirdre Striden
1976
90% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • Rynn
1976
88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • Audrey
1974
No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead
  • Liberty
1974
No Score Yet One Little Indian
  • Martha
1973
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer
  • Becky Thatcher
1973
No Score Yet Napoleon and Samantha
  • Samantha
1972
No Score Yet Kansas City Bomber
  • Rita
1972
No Score Yet Menace on the Mountain
  • Suellen McIver
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
84% House of Cards
2013-2016
  • Director
  • 2014
95% Orange is the New Black
2013
  • Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1976

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