Jodie Foster, a Los Angeles born native, was nominated for her first Oscar at the age of 12. Jodie’s career choice has not changed over the years, though it has exponentially grown. Jodie Foster has made millions of dollars, an estimated $100 million in net worth, and recently married Alexandra Hedison in a romantic, low key affair. Never vocalizing her sexuality, nor keeping it a secret, the path to her current union and success has been a long and interesting road.
Jodie, born Alicia Christian Foster, accelerated not only in acting at a young age, but also in her intelligence. Beginning to speak at the age of nine months, she was reading by age three. Her reading and acting skills were both self taught. With no formal training she dove head first into the Hollywood scene. Foster’s debut was at age six on the television show Mayberry R.F.D. Jodie played roles in the Disney films Napoleon and Samantha, and One Little Indian. An impressive career for a young child. She simultaneously studied at a private prep school, learning not only in English but French as well.
In 1976 her career was catapulted forward. It was a year that she would leave her first real mark in the field of film. Going on to play a plethora of dramatic and riviting roles, her first controversial character was in an iconic and stygian Martin Scorsese film, Taxi. Foster portrayed a child prostitute living in New York, who becomes the obsession of a much older man, played by Robert Dinero. Showing not only that she could hold her own in film, but that she could remain professional and stand out next to big name talents.
Ingenious as an artist, and as an individual as a whole, it seemed that Foster had everything. She was, however, uncomfortable with her fame and yearned for a more conventional collegiate life. She attended Yale University, enrolling in upper level classes including French, literature and writing. Her dream of a normal college experience was not entirely attained. An obsessed fan, and murderous man, John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Regan. Hinckley claimed that his arduous act was done in hopes of impressing young Foster. Love letters and phone calls accompanied the attempting killing in hopes of winning Foster’s affections. Hinckley’s love was not requited. Foster testified at Hinckley’s trial, and while a terrifying and shaking experience in comparison to the average college life, she did not let is stop her from receiving a degree and returning to her acting career.
After graduation Foster’s entertainment career continued to grow. She took on intense and gritty roles. Capturing her audience, appealing not only to their inner desire to connect with the character, but also to their human instinct to feel a broad range of emotions. A Foster filled film, such as The Accused (1988) or Silence of the Lambs (1991) could cause an observer to not only cry with empathy for the character, but also to feel fear, passion and a desire to appreciate all aspects of life. With a successful gambit of films under her belt Jodie expanded her talents and began directing.
Foster’s twenties and thirties were a mix of acting and directing. She was part of a wide range of projects, from blockbuster hits to feature films. Her professional life the most prominent portrayal of her in the media. Jodie Foster has made what seems like millions of great works of art, always keeping her personal life out of the media, and in that same quaint Foster fashion the Hollywood veteran married Alexandra Hedison this year.
Hedison, an actress as well as a photographer, had been in the media for her fictional relationships in Showtimes series The L Word, as well as her real life romance with Ellen DeGeneres. The newly wed brides met the previous year in 2013. This was also the year that Foster had “come out” in a speech while accepting the Cecille B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. Even then she did not use the words lesbian or gay, but stated “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life… Thank you Cyd, I am so proud of our modern family,” which includes two children.
Foster, now 51 years old, has been lighting up the big screen for most of her life. Her personality appears to be one that is not typical to Hollywood nor fame found early in age. She serenely progressed through the years, placing herself in the audiences eyes on the screen instead of the tabloids. It would seem that millions of dollars, men trying to kill her, and even being married to a woman do not cause Jodie Foster to be anything other then perfectly collected and pristine; from this now publicly committed woman we are bound to see many more great things.
By Latasha Alvaro