Winning Oscars, stepping up to the director's chair, attending Yale--and graduating magna cum laude...Jodie Foster has done all this without ever seeming to break a sweat. A woman of seemingly boundless talent and intelligence, she has been impressing critics, audiences and everyone else since she was a child--all with absolute aplomb.
Encouraged by her mother to enter show business, Jodie made several TV appearances before making her movie debut in Disney's "Napoleon & Samantha" (1972). On every set, the teenage Foster astounded her elders with her professionalism and skill. She was not yet 13 when she was cast as a child prostitute in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1975). The role brought her stardom--but also tragic consequences; she would soon find herself stalked by John Hinckley, Jr., who would later try to assassinate President Reagan in a crazed attempt to impress her.
Badly shaken and cynical toward the press and the public after that 1981 incident, Foster retired from the screen to attend Yale. After graduation she appeared in a few films before making a stunning comeback in 1988's "The Accused" playing a justice-seeking rape victim and earning an Oscar. Another Oscar came three years later for "The Silence of the Lambs" She took on the role of director in the '90s, helming "Little Man Tate" (1991) and "Home for the Holidays" (1995). After starring in 1997's "Contact," Foster took time off to raise her new son, Charles.
Hopefully, her recent return to the screen in "Anna and the King" means there'll be more Jodie Foster performances coming soon; in the meantime, enjoy the many we offer right here at Critics' Choice Video!