Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Highest Rated: 97% Taxi Driver (1976)

Lowest Rated: 17% Siesta (1987)

Birthday: Nov 19, 1962

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 scientist Ellie Arroway in Robert Zemeckis' 1997 adaptation of the Carl


Highest Rated Movies



95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Narrator Executive Producer 2019
57% Hotel Artemis Jean Thomas / The Nurse 2018
No Score Yet Becoming Iconic Actor 2018
59% Money Monster Director 2016
65% Elysium Secretary Delacourt $90.9M 2013
71% Carnage Penelope Longstreet $2.3M 2011
62% The Beaver Meredith Black Director $1M 2011
20% Motherhood Herself $50.6K 2009
51% Nim's Island Alexandra Rover $48M 2008
No Score Yet 100 Films and a Funeral Actor 2007
43% The Brave One Executive Producer Erica Bain $36.9M 2007
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Actor 2006
86% Inside Man Madeline White $88.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
37% Flightplan Kyle $89.7M 2005
78% A Very Long Engagement Elodie Gordes $6.3M 2004
No Score Yet In the Company of Women Actor 2004
77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Sister Assumpta Producer $1.6M 2002
75% 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
64% Contact Ellie Arroway 1997
63% Home for the Holidays Director Producer 1995
55% Nell Nell Producer 1994
66% Maverick Annabelle Bransford 1994
62% 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
73% Little Man Tate Dede Tate Director 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs Clarice Starling 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Anne Benton 1990
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife Narrator 1989
91% The Accused Sarah Tobias 1988
20% Stealing Home Katie Chandler 1988
17% Siesta Nancy 1987
78% Five Corners Linda 1987
No Score Yet Mesmerized Producer Victoria 1986
No Score Yet The Blood of Others Helene 1984
71% 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
70% Freaky Friday Annabel Andrews 1976
83% Bugsy Malone Tallulah 1976
97% Taxi Driver Iris 1976
No Score Yet Echoes of a Summer Deirdre Striden 1976
91% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Rynn 1976
87% 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


No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2018
83% Black Mirror
Director 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2016
77% House of Cards
Director 2014
90% Orange Is the New Black
Director 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2011
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2005
No Score Yet NOVA
Voice 1998
74% The X-Files
Voice Voice 1997
94% Frasier
Guest 1996
No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside
Director 1988
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host 1976
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Alethea 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Guest 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Bluebird 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
Pip Barker 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Patricia Susan Marieanne 1972


Sarah Altman says: What are we doing?

Meg Altman says: I have no idea.

Meg Altman says: What's that?

Sarah Altman says: S.O.S

Meg Altman says: Where'd you learn that?

Sarah Altman says: Titanic.

Rynn says: This is my house!

Michael Longstreet says: Penelope, what happened to your sense of humor?

Penelope Longstreet says: I don't have a sense of humor, and I don't want one!

Secretary Delacourt says: Have you completely lost your mind?

Secretary Delacourt says: You're useless to me.

Secretary Delacourt says: Command: Cancel!

Penelope Longstreet says: If we're only superficially fair-minded, why be fair--minded at all?

Iris says: Didn't you ever hear of women's lib?

Secretary Delacourt says: Activate Kruger

Secretary Delacourt says: Activate Kruger

Michael Longstreet says: What happened to your sense of humor?

Penelope Longstreet says: I don't have a sense of humor and I don't want one!

Sarah Tobias says: No deals.

Kathryn Murphy says: No deals.

Penelope Longstreet says: I don't get drunk.

Iris says: God, you're square.

Travis Bickle says: Hey, I'm not square, you're the one that's square. You're full of shit, man. What are you talking about? You walk out with those fuckin' creeps and low-lifes and degenerates out on the streets and you sell your little pussy for peanuts? For some low-life pimp who stands in the hall? And I'm square? You're the one that's square, man. I don't go screwing fuck with a bunch of killers and junkies like you do. You call that bein' hip? What world are you from?

King Mongkut says: I never danced with an Englishwoman before, mem.

Anna Leonowens says: Nor I with a king.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? Enthrall me with your acumen.

Clarice Starling says: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: I didn't.

Clarice Starling says: No. No, you ate yours.

S.R. Hadden says: [over video feed from Mir space station] I wanna show you something. [shows satellite feed to Ellie] Hokkaido Island.

Ellie Arroway says: The systems integration site.

S.R. Hadden says: Look closer. [zooms satellite feed to reveal second machine] First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who, also, happen to be, recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries...

Ellie Arroway says: [speaks with Hadden] ... of Hadden industries.

S.R. Hadden says: They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?

Kent says: Dr. Arroway will be spending her precious telescope time listening for... uh... listening for...

Ellie Arroway says: Little green men.

Meredith Black says: I came to the party late, but I have never seen anything else that was me, as close as me

Meredith Black says: I came to the party late, but I have never seen anything else that was me, as close as me.

Penelope Longstreet says: "I DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR AND I DON'T WANT ONE!"


Penelope Longstreet says: Their son is a threat to homeland security.

Penelope Longstreet says: Your son disfigured our son!

Nancy Cowan says: Did you know Ethan had a gang?

Penelope Longstreet says: Did you know Ethan had a gang?

Michael Longstreet says: No, but I'm thrilled to hear it!

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb says: Has the FBI learned something yet? The police around here don't seem to have the first clue. [Clarice notices a moth] ... I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb says: Has the FBI learned something yet? The police around here don't seem to have the first clue. [Clarice notices a moth] I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?

Clarice Starling says: No. No I don't. [Clarice unbuttons her gun holster]

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb says: Oh, here's that number!

Clarice Starling says: Very good, Mr. Gordon. May I use your phone please?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb says: [Gumb starts laughing] Sure you can use my phone.

Clarice Starling says: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back... thumbs up - FREEZE! [Gumb runs off]

Clarice Starling says: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back... thumbs up. FREEZE! [Gumb runs off]

Dr. Hannibal Lecter says: You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars... while you could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the FBI.

Clarice Starling says: You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to.

Clarice Starling says: Mr. Gordon, good, uh... well Frederica used to work for Mrs. Lippman. Did you know her?

Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb says: No, nuh-uh. Oh wait... was she a great big fat person?

Clarice Starling says: you call this easy sir?

Clarice Starling says: You call this easy, sir?