Today one of the smartest, most educated and stylish stars in Hollywood celebrates her birthday. Brilliant actress, experienced producer and talented director Jodie Foster turns 55!|
The future owner of five dozen prestigious film awards was born in sunny California in 1962. Although the name Alicia was written on the official birth certificate, the sisters and brother began to call the baby Jody. Foster's father left the family shortly before her birth. To take care of the children, Jody's mother had to get a job as a personal publicist for the famous film producer Arthur P. Jacobs. Then Brandi Foster had no idea that this work would open the way for her children to the world of show business.
As a child, Jody was rightfully considered a gifted child and already in her school years she began to demonstrate tremendous success in the study of both the humanities and the natural sciences. Today her IQ is estimated at 132 points, which in many classifications of indicators of mental development corresponds to the level of genius. In the mid-80s, already a popular actress, she graduated with honors from Yale University, and in 1997 she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts.
Fortunately for the cinephiles, Foster did not become involved in science, but decided to connect her life with the world of film and television. Today's birthday girl performed her first role in 1965 in a sunscreen advertisement. It is curious that in the struggle for the role, the three-year-old Jody managed to get ahead of a member of her own family. Her brother Buddy was invited to the audition, who by that time already had quite a wealth of experience in filming in television commercials. Fate wanted Brandi Foster to take her youngest daughter with her. The baby made such an impression on the representatives of the Coppertone company that they decided to rewrite the script of the commercial for her sake.
It's no secret that many actors who started their careers at such a tender age recall their first steps in show business with a shudder. Foster is not only completely unashamed of roles in advertising, but also admits that this work has helped her to learn many new stage tricks. By the end of the 60s, Jody began to be invited to shoot TV shows and TV films. It is not surprising that the young actress with an angelic appearance soon drew attention to the Walt Disney studio. Jody's debut in a big movie took place in 1972 in the film "Napoleon and Samantha". Participation in the creation of the Disney film almost ended in a terrible tragedy: during an unsuccessful take, ten-year-old Foster was attacked by a trained lion. Jodie developed a compulsive feline fear
In 1974, Jody was lucky enough to work on the tape "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" with another famous birthday boy of this week - Martin Scorsese. When the legendary director began to prepare for the filming of the psychological drama Taxi Driver, he remembered the talented young lady who played a minor role in his previous film. In those days, Foster was eager to prove that she was able to play not only in children's films, but also in films for an adult audience. “I didn't like that everyone around me thought that young actresses were only good for portraying someone’s younger sisters,” Jody admitted. The news that a 12-year-old girl might play a prostitute in an R-rated movie has raised serious concerns in Los Angeles child protection societies. To get a role
As soon as Scorsese's film was released, it became obvious that the young actress had a great future. In May 1976, Taxi Driver won the Palme d'Or in Cannes, and Jody herself won the hearts of the world filmmaker community when she easily took on the role of translator from French at a press conference with the drama's film crew. In the summer of the same year, another famous film with the participation of a bright Hollywood starlet, the gangster musical "Bugsy Malone", was widely released. Different and very difficult roles allowed Foster to win two awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Moreover, she was considered one of the main favorites of the 49th Academy Awards, but lost the fight for the coveted statuette of Beatrice Straight.
After seven films with her participation appeared on the cinema screens in two years, Foster decided to take a break in her career. Jody was well aware that not all the young stars of the Dream Factory are able to make a painless transition to the world of adult cinema. The actress entered the full-time department of Yale University and starred in new films exclusively during the summer holidays. In 1985, Jody got the coveted insurance, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree. Her honors diploma was never useful: Foster threw herself a new challenge and decided to climb to the top of the Hollywood Olympus again. The long-awaited success came to the girl only three years later, when she played a rape victim in the drama The Accused. The actress herself felt that she did not do the role well enough, but viewers and critics felt otherwise. The film was a success in the box office and earned Jodie nominations for major film awards such as BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Awards. If British academics awarded Pauline Collins the title of best actress of the year, then members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the American Film Academy cast their votes in favor of Foster.
In the early 90s, Jodie finally cemented her superstar status. Worldwide fame brought her participation in the film "The Silence of the Lambs", which is rightly considered one of the greatest psychological thrillers in the history of cinema. Director Jonathan Demme planned to call Michelle Pfeiffer for the role of Clarice Starling, but she was embarrassed by the gloomy script of the film. Foster was so eager to play in the film adaptation of Thomas Harris's bestseller that she decided to independently submit her candidacy to the management of the Orion film company. The studio bosses were thrilled at the prospect of collaborating with the newly-baked Oscar winner, but Demme's name didn't spark much enthusiasm for Foster. It is not known by hook or by crook, but the producers still managed to push through Jody's candidacy. Whenever she went to the set of a movie
The role of a young FBI trainee earned Foster her second Academy Award and helped Silence of the Lambs become only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in five main categories - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted script ”,“ Best Actor ”and“ Best Actress ”. The phenomenal success of the action-packed thriller helped Jody realize several of her long-standing plans. First, she made her dream of becoming a Hollywood director come true. For the first time, on the other side of the camera, she had a chance to work back in 1988 on an episode of the horror anthology Tales of the Dark Side. Three years later, Jody was finally entrusted with working on a feature film. Her directorial debut in a big movie was the drama "Little Man Tate", which confidently recouped its budget and received good reviews in the press. Secondly, in the same 91st, the owner of two Oscars managed to star in Woody Allen, with whom she dreamed of working since the mid-70s. Finally, in 1992, Foster founded her own production company called Egg Picture.
The commercial success of the drama "Sommersby" and the comedy western "Maverick" gave Jody the opportunity to try her hand at directing once again. Unfortunately for her fans, the black comedy "Home for the Holidays" was not a hit with strict critics or ordinary audiences. Foster was forced to pause her Hollywood career again. Already in 1997, she triumphantly returned to the screens in the science fiction film Contact. Her role in the film by Robert Zemeckis earned her the Saturn Award and her fifth career Golden Globe nomination. A personal film company allowed Foster to pursue those projects that were really interesting to her. The A-star had a lot of work on TV before it even hit the mainstream: in 1998, Jody produced the TV movie Children's Dance for Showtime.
At the start of the new millennium, Jodie had the opportunity to return to the image of Clarice Starling in the thriller "Hannibal", but she chose to focus on the circus drama "Flora Plum". Unfortunately, work on the film was not completed due to injury to Russell Crowe. Foster made several attempts to carry out additional filming of the picture, but in the end she did not manage to bring her directorial project to mind. Jody's affairs in the acting field were more successful. First she earned critical praise for her role in Panic Room, and then helped to achieve success at the box office of "Flight Illusion." The actress also created a very vivid and memorable image in the crime thriller "Not caught - not a thief".
In 2011, Foster seriously surprised viewers and critics with her new directorial work. Although Beaver ended up being a crushing failure at the box office, it played an important role in rebuilding Mel Gibson's Hollywood career. As for Jody herself, soon she had the opportunity to take revenge for the dramedy's failure, and at the same time to prove to all the spiteful critics that she had not squandered her directorial talent. The world of television came to her rescue: work on several popular TV series brought Foster nominations for an Emmy and a Directors Guild of America Award.
At the beginning of this decade, Jody delighted her fans with a role in the comedy "Carnage", for which she received her seventh Golden Globe nomination. The award went to Michelle Williams, but a year later the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented Foster with a much more valuable prize. In January 2013, she became one of the youngest Hollywood stars ever to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. Another award for her dedication to motion picture art came to Jody last year, when her name finally appeared on the Dream Factory Walk of Fame.
We can only wish that the star Jodie Foster in the Hollywood firmament continues to shine as brightly as in the previous half century of her brilliant career.
The Topic of Article: Golden Child of Hollywood.