JODIE FOSTER (Alexandra Rover), a two-time Academy Award® winner, won her first Oscar® for her poignant performance as a rape survivor in The Accused, for which she also won Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards. She won her second
Academy Award® for her work in the 1991 Oscar®-winning Best Picture, The Silence of the Lambs, as well as a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award and a New York and Chicago Film Critics Awards for Best Actress.
Foster received her first Oscar® nomination at the age of 14 for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, also winning awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics. That year she also became the only American actress to win two BAFTA Awards in the same year, earning Best Supporting Actress and Best Newcomer for Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone. She earned another Oscar® nomination and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in the title role of Nell, which also marked her first film as producer.
Foster most recently starred in The Brave One for director Neil Jordan, garnering a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Before that, she starred in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and the thriller Flightplan, and made a cameo appearance in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s French-language film, A Very Long Engagement.
In all she has appeared in more than 40 films including Panic Room; Anna and the King; Contact; Maverick; Sommersby; Shadows and Fog; Stealing Home; Siesta; Five Corners, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award; The Blood Of Others; The Hotel New Hampshire ; and Foxes. In addition, the multi-lingual Foster loops all of her own dialogue in French for all of her films.
Foster began her career at age three, appearing as “The Coppertone Girl” in a memorable television commercial. Emerging as one of the most successful child actresses of the day, she made her feature film debut in 1972’s Napoleon and Samantha, followed by the role of Becky Thatcher in the 1973 musical version of Tom Sawyer. In 1974, Foster gave a standout performance in Martin Scorsese’s hit Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Two years later, Scorsese cast her in the pivotal role of the young prostitute, Iris, in Taxi Driver, which was only one of five films in which the young actress appeared in 1976. She also starred in Bugsy Malone, Echoes of
a Summer, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane and the original Freaky Friday, for which she earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination.
Behind the camera, Foster made her directorial debut with the acclaimed Little Man Tate, in which she also starred. She then directed and produced Home for the Holidays starring Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey, Jr. In 1992, Foster founded her production company, Egg Pictures. In addition to Nell and Home for the Holidays, the company has produced the features Waking The Dead and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, in which she also appeared. She also served as an executive producer on the Showtime movie The Baby Dance, which won a coveted Peabody Award and received four Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, both including Best Movie Made for Television. Egg Pictures also presented the award-winning French film Hate in the United States.
Foster graduated with honors from Yale University in 1985, earning a B.A. in Literature.