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  • Jodie Foster

    Born on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California

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Carnage (2011)

Jodie Foster as "Penelope Longstreet"

When some roughhousing between two 11-year-old boys named Zachary and Ethan erupts into real violence, Ethan loses two teeth. Zachary's parents, Alan and Nancy Cowen (Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz), meet with Ethan's parents, Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly), to try to smooth things over. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults. Based on the play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza.

Golden Globe (2011) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Brave One (2007)

Jodie Foster as "Erica Bain"

New York radio host Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) endures a brutal attack that leaves her badly injured and her beloved fiance dead. The tragedy haunts her, and she sets forth on a personal quest for revenge. Her exploits captivate city residents but, as a determined detective (Terrence Howard) closes in on her, Erica wonders if she is now no better than those she hunts.

Golden Globe (2007) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster as "Eleanor Ann 'Ellie' Arroway"

In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

Golden Globe (1997) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Nell (1994)

Jodie Foster as "Nell"

Cut off from the modern world, Nell (Jodie Foster) is a wild child, who has lived her entire life with her mother in an isolated mountain cabin in North Carolina. When her mother dies, she is found by kindly Dr. Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson), who is fascinated by Nell and the language she has developed. Lovell and the equally curious psychologist Dr. Paula Olsen (Natasha Richardson) eventually camp out near Nell's cabin, slowly introducing her to the larger world she's never known.

Academy Award (1994) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1994) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1994) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Jodie Foster as "Clarice Starling"

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Academy Award (1991) Won Best Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991) Won Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1991) Won Best Actress

The Accused (1988)

Jodie Foster as "Sarah Tobias"

Out drinking one night after a fight with her boyfriend, Sarah Tobias (Jodie Foster) is brutally raped by three men in a bar while people watch and cheer. District Attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) takes the case, however allows the rapists to receive a mild sentence. A distraught Sarah decides to seek punishment for the men who witnessed and encouraged the rape. To get justice, Sarah must take the stand and revisit the night of her attack in this drama based on true events.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Academy Award (1988) Won Best Actress
Golden Globe (1988) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Freaky Friday (1976)

Jodie Foster as "Annabel Andrews"

Annabel Andrews (Jodie Foster) and her mother, Ellen (Barbara Harris), don't always see eye to eye. After a particularly frustrating argument on Friday the 13th, the two simultaneously wish they could switch places -- and suddenly their wish is granted. Each discovers how difficult it is to be in the other's shoes, with Ellen causing chaos at Annabel's school, and Annabel unable to deal with her mother's domestic duties. The two learn a lot about themselves and their relationship in the process.

Golden Globe (1977) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Taxi Driver (1976)

Jodie Foster as "Iris"

Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

Academy Award (1976) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

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