JODIE FOSTER THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
PERSONAL LIFE • Date of Birth 19 November1962, Los Angeles, California, USA • Birth Name Alicia Christian Foster • Nickname Jodie F • Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)
PERSONAL LIFE • Her parents divorced three years before she was born. • She was conceived when her mother, Brandy, was visiting her father, Lucius, for child support.
PERSONAL LIFE • Alicia's siblings nicknamed her "Jodie," a name she has used in her profession. • When she was just three years old, Jodie began acting in commercials to support the family. • As a child, was attacked by a lion and carried briefly in its mouth while filming a Disney film.(1972). • She was reading by the time she was three years old.
PERSONAL LIFE • When she was five, Jodie got her first acting role on the TV show "Mayberry R.F.D." (1968). • She was very busy as a child, working on television programs such as "Doris Day in..." (1968), "Adam-12" (1968), and Disney movies, then with the film Taxi Driver (1976) in which she played a prostitute at the tender age of twelve.
PERSONAL LIFE • Tragedy struck Jodie during her Freshman year when a crazed and obsessed fan name John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan to impress her.Jodie graduated Yale in 1985 with a degree in literature. Her main priority was now to become a successful adult actress . • Earned a B.A. in literature and graduated from Yale University (1985).
PERSONAL LIFE • Gave birth to Charles Bernard Foster on 20 July 1998 and Kit Bernard Foster on 29 September 2001. • Had to pull out of Doppelmord (1999) because she became pregnant.
PERSONAL LIFE • Has two convertibles. • Enjoys kickboxing, yoga, karate, aerobics, and weightlifting and collects fancy kitchenware and B&W photos. • Loves organic food. • Her favorite book is "Franny and Zooey" by J.D. Salinger.
PERSONAL LIFE • Never revealed who was the father of her two children. It is said that an anonymous donor is the biological father of Charles and Kit. • She was voted the 57th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
PERSONAL LIFE • Her favorite actress is Meryl Streep. • Her favorite actor is Robert De Niro. • Ranked 30 on The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood (2007). • An asteroid, 17744 Jodiefoster, was named after her (1998).
PERSONAL QUOTES • “Being understood is not the most essential thing in life.” • On her role in Taxi Driver (1976), when she was 12: ”I spent four hours with a shrink trying to prove I was normal enough to play a hooker. Does that make sense?”
PERSONAL LIFE • “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.” • “If I fail, at least I will have failed my way.” • “Acting, for me, is exhausting. I'm always more energized by directing. It's more intense to direct. I can pop in and express myself, then pop out again. It's a huge passion for me.”
PERSONAL QUOTES "I'm lucky that people do leave me alone. I'm not Madonna. The red carpet is work for me. I work from 9-to-5 and when I get home, I don't want to go back to work by going to an industry event. For me, putting on makeup and a fancy dress is work".
PERSONAL QUOTES “I've learned something in the last few years that I really didn't know about myself as an actor. I basically learned how to stay happy. It's important for me to be happy working or I feel resentful. I don't like it. I hate myself. What I know now is that I really need to love the director. I need him to be a good parent. And then I will lie down on the train tracks for him and go to the ends of the earth for him.”
PERSONAL QUOTES “Motherhood doesn't mean I don't have a creative side that I need to nourish. It doesn't mean I don't have independence from them. I'd be a crazy person if I didn't.” “As time goes on, I will play characters who get older: I don't want to be some Botoxed weirdo.”
Is She Inspiring Others? • (2004) Release of the book, "Jodie Foster" by John Bankston. • (2001) Release of the book, "Jodie Foster" by Therese DeAngelis. • (1995) Release of the book, "Jodie: A Biography" by Louis Chunovic. • (1997) Release of the book, "Foster Child" by Buddy Foster with Leon Wagener.