Jodie Foster born
Born November 19, 1962, Jodie Foster is no stranger to controversy. She began acting when was only six years old, appearing in TV shows ranging from Mayberry R.F.D. to The Partridge Family before making a name for herself in co-starring roles in movies like Paper Moon, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Freaky Friday and Bugsy Malone. But her most indelible early role was playing the child prostitute, Iris, in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The obsession of Robert DeNiro’s mohawked vigilante, Foster became the true-life fixation of a real would-be killer, John Hinckley, Jr., who stalked Foster for years before turning his attention to President Gerarld Ford in a failed assassination attempt. Foster rose above the emotional drama of the event, continuing to act in great movies. She won an Academy Award for another gutsy portrayal, as a gang-rape victim in Jonathan Kaplan’s 1988 film The Accused. Foster then made her directorial debut in 1991’s Little Man Tate, about the challenges facing a seven-year-old gifted child. She returned to the director’s chair in 1995 with the comedy Home for the Holidays, and once more with a film that has again drawn unexpected attention. The not-yet-released The Beaver stars Mel Gibson, the once-great movie star now typecast by his outrageous and well-documented displays of serial anger, racism and sexism. The film tells the story of a depressed toy manufacturer who uses a beaver hand puppet to interact with his loved ones. It’s a crazy concept, the script got raves in industry circles, and its release poses yet another challenge for Foster, whose career is already one of the most fascinating in contemporary Hollywood.