Jodie Foster Biography: Movies, Net Worth, Husband, Children, Age, Instagram, Height, Parents, Spouse

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye March 10, 2024

Jodie Foster is a versatile and accomplished actress, filmmaker, and producer who has been in the spotlight since childhood.

She has starred in iconic and acclaimed films, such as Taxi Driver, The Silence of the Lambs, Contact, and The Mauritanian.

She has also directed films like Little Man Tate, The Beaver, and Money Monster. She is one of the few performers who has won two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.

She is also a fluent speaker of several languages, a Yale graduate, and a vocal advocate for privacy and LGBT rights.


  • Full name: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Date of birth: November 19, 1962
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, filmmaker, producer
  • Height: 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Parents: Evelyn Ella “Brandy” Almond and Lucius Fisher Foster III
  • Siblings: Buddy Foster, Cindy Foster Jones, and Connie Foster
  • Spouse: Alexandra Hedison (m. 2014)
  • Children: Charles Foster and Kit Foster
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $100 million

Early Life and Education

Jodie Foster, now 62, was born in Los Angeles, California, on November 19, 1962. She was the youngest of four children of Evelyn Ella “Brandy” Almond, a film producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, a wealthy businessman.

Her parents divorced before birth, and her mother and maternal grandparents raised her. She has three older siblings: Buddy Foster, Cindy Foster Jones, and Connie Foster.

Foster began acting at three, appearing in commercials and television shows. She learned French at a young age and spoke her lines in some of her films released in France.

She attended the College Lycée Français, a French-language school in Los Angeles, and graduated as the best of her class in 1980.

She then enrolled at Yale University, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Italian. She graduated magna cum laude in 1985.

Personal Life

Jodie Foster has married Alexandra Hedison, a photographer and actress, since 2014. They live in Los Angeles with their two sons, Charles and Kit, who were born via artificial insemination.

Foster has never revealed the identity of the biological father. She was previously in a relationship with Cydney Bernard, a film producer, from 1993 to 2008.

Foster is notoriously private about her personal life and rarely gives interviews. She came out as gay in 2013 during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.

She has also expressed her support for the Me Too movement and the Time’s Up initiative, which aims to combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the entertainment industry.


Jodie Foster has had a remarkable and diverse career that spans over five decades. She debuted in 1972 in the Disney movie Napoleon and Samantha.

She gained recognition for her role as a teen prostitute in the 1976 film Taxi Driver, for which she received her first Oscar nomination. She also appeared in films like Freaky Friday, Bugsy Malone, and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane.

In the 1980s, Foster focused on her education and took a break from acting. She returned to the screen in 1988 with the film The Accused, in which she played a rape survivor.

She won her first Oscar for Best Actress for this role. She then won her second Oscar for her portrayal of FBI agent Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs, considered one of the greatest films ever.

Foster also ventured into directing and producing in the 1990s. She made her directorial debut with the 1991 film Little Man Tate, in which she also starred as the mother of a child prodigy.

She then directed and produced the 1995 film Home for the Holidays, a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family. She also starred in films such as Sommersby, Maverick, Nell, Contact, and Anna and the King.

In the 2000s, Foster continued to act, direct, and produce. She starred in films such as Panic Room, Flightplan, Inside Man, The Brave One, and Nim’s Island. She also directed and produced the 2011 film The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson as a depressed man who communicates through a beaver puppet.

She also directed and produced the 2016 film Money Monster, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as a TV host and a producer who an angry investor takes hostage.

In the 2010s, Foster expanded her repertoire to include television. She directed episodes of popular shows such as Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Black Mirror.

She also starred in the 2018 film Hotel Artemis as a nurse who runs a secret hospital for criminals. She also starred in the 2021 film The Mauritanian as a lawyer who defends a Guantanamo Bay detainee. She won her third Golden Globe Award for this role.


Jodie Foster has won numerous awards and honors for her work in film and television. Some of the most notable ones are:

  • Two Academy Awards for Best Actress for The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • Three BAFTA Awards for Best Actress for Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • Three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and The Mauritanian (2021).
  • One Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013
  • One Crystal Award for Excellence in Film in 1992.
  • One Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for Nell (1994)
  • One Saturn Award for Best Actress for Contact (1997).
  • One Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • One Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black (2014).
  • One Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for House of Cards (2014).

Net Worth

According to sources, Jodie Foster’s net worth is $100 million.

She has earned most of her wealth from her acting, directing, and producing career.


Jodie Foster has faced some controversy and criticism throughout her career. Some of the most notable ones are:

  • She was the target of a stalker, John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He was obsessed with her and the movie Taxi Driver, where she played a teen prostitute. She testified at his trial and later wrote an essay about the incident.
  • She was accused of being homophobic by some gay activists for not coming out publicly until 2013. She defended her decision by saying that she valued her privacy and that she had been out to her friends and family for a long time.
  • Some animal rights activists criticized her for wearing fur in some of her films and photoshoots. She responded by saying that she was not a vegetarian and that she respected the choices of others.
  • She was slammed by some fans and critics for working with Mel Gibson in the 2011 film The Beaver after he was exposed for his racist and sexist remarks and his domestic violence allegations. She defended him by saying he was a friend and a talented actor who deserved a second chance.

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  • Taxi Driver
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • Freaky Friday
  • Bugsy Malone
  • The Accused
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Little Man Tate
  • Sommersby
  • Maverick

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