Foster started her career in the movies at the age of three. She starred as a ‘Coppertone girl’ in a television commercial and made TV debut in 1968, in the episode of Mayberry R.F.D.
In 1969, she appeared in episodes of ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Daniel Boone’ and ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’. In the following year, she debuted in the television movie, ‘Menace on the Mountain’, in which she worked with Martin Scorsese.
As a child artist, Foster appeared in many Disney movies, like, ‘One Little Indian (1973)’ and ‘Napoleon and Samantha (1972)’. In her teens as well she continued to work with the Disney movies.
As a teenager, she made appearances on the French pop music circuit as a singer. And she made her debut in music in France in 1977 and the songs she sang were used as soundtracks of her French movie, Moi, fleur bleue’.
In 1976, she acted in movies like: ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and Freaky Friday’. Coincidently, for all of these movies Foster won awards like, British Academy Film Award and nomination for Golden Globe Award.
Foster’s movies as a grown-up artist were commercially and critically panned. With the release of ‘The Accused’ in 1988, she achieved the breakthrough in her career.
In 1991, she gave her first blockbuster with ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, starring opposite Anthony Hopkins. She received an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for her brilliant performance in the movie.
In the same year, Foster made her directorial debut with ‘Little Man Tate’. Her directorial skills were critically acclaimed and in 1992 she started her production company ‘Egg Pictures’, Los Angeles.
During the early nineties, she starred in creative ventures like, Woody Allen’s ‘Shadows and Fog (1991)’, American Civil War drama ‘Sommersby (1993)’, Western comedy film ‘Maverick (1994)’ and ‘Nell (1994)’, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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In 1995, Foster experimented with direction again and directed ‘Home for the Holiday’. She was honored with the Crystal Award by Women in Film for her excellent contribution in cinema, in the following year.
Foster acted for the first time in a science fiction film ‘Contact’ in 1997, starring opposite Matthew McConaughey. The next year an asteroid, ‘17744 Jodiefoster’, was named after her.
Foster’s biggest commercial success came with ‘Panic Room’ in 2002. She starred in the American thriller along with Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Kirsten Stewart, etc.
In 2004, after a gap of many years, Foster again ventured into French movies by appearing in a supporting role in ‘Un long dimanche de fiancailles ’. In the following year she gave out a worldwide hit, ‘Flightplan’.
In the mid-2000s, Foster did some big budget movies like, ‘Inside Man (2006), starring along with Clive Owen and Denzel Washington, ‘The Brave One (2007)’, for which she won a Golden Globe and ‘Nim’s Island’ with Gerard Butler.
Foster directed a black comedy, ‘The Beaver’, in 2011, starring Mel Gibson. The movie failed to get the revenue and received mild critical appreciation. In the same year, she acted in ‘Carnage’ and her acting performance earned her Golden Globe nomination.
Very recently, in 2013, Foster acted in second science fiction of her film career, ‘Elysium’, starring along with Matt Damon.
Awards & Achievements
Foster has won four BAFTA Awards, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, the Independent Spirit Award, the Saturn award, the People’s Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 1996, she was honored with the Crystal Award by Women in Film for being an outstanding woman, with her brilliant efforts and natural talent, which helped to magnify the role of women in the entertainment industry.