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Thursday, November 19, 2015

53 Groovy Things about Jodie Foster on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Jodie Foster's 53rd birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles, California, on November 19, 1962. Her siblings called her "Jodie", and the name stuck.

2. In 1965 - at age three - she made her acting debut in a Coppertone Suntan Lotion commercial, which led to more advertisement work, including a 1971 GAF View-Master commercial with Henry Fonda.

3. On November 18, 1968, she received her first acting credit as a fairy (in a church play) in the CBS sitcom, Mayberry R.F.D., which starred her older brother, Buddy Foster, as Ken Berry's son.

4. From 1969 to 1971, she played Eddie's friend, Joey Kelly, in five episodes of the ABC sitcom, The Courtship of Eddie's Father.


5. On December 27, 1971, she, Erin Moran (Happy Days) and Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough) played orphans in a Christmas episode of CBS's Gunsmoke.

6. On March 19, 1972, she played Suzanne Pleshette's daughter in an episode of NBC's Bonanza.

7. She played a deaf mute with telekinetic powers in an episode of the NBC anthology series, Ghost Story, on November 10, 1972.

8. In 1972, she starred opposite Johnny Whitaker and Michael Douglas in her first feature film, Disney's Napoleon and Samantha, which was about a boy and his pet lion.

9. She played Raquel Welch's daughter in the 1972 drama, Kansas City Bomber.

10. She provided the voice for characters in two Saturday morning cartoons - Anne Chan in the 1972 CBS series, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, and Pugsley Addams in the 1973 NBC series, The Addams Family.

11. She played Ted and Alice's daughter in the 1973 ABC sitcom, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

12. On February 2, 1973, she played Bert Convy's daughter in an episode of the ABC sitcom, The Partridge Family.

13. She played Becky Thatcher in the 1973 musical film, Tom Sawyer, which also starred Johnny Whitaker and Celeste Holm.

14. She appeared in an episode of the ABC series, Kung Fu, on March 22, 1973.

15. She played the shoplifting, wine-guzzling Audrey in director Martin Scorsese's 1974 film, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, which starred Ellen Burstyn.

16. She played Christopher Connelly's daughter in the 1974 ABC sitcom, Paper Moon, which was based on the 1973 film.

17. She received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as teenage prostitute Iris in Martin Scorsese's 1976 film, Taxi Driver. She also won a 1977 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for Best Supporting Actress for her performances in both Bugsy Malone and Taxi Driver.

18. She played a terminally ill girl in the 1976 drama, Echoes of a Summer, which was filmed in 1974 and based on the 1962 Broadway play, Isle of Children, starring Patty Duke.

19. She starred opposite Scott Baio in the 1976 film, Bugsy Malone, as Bugsy's old flame, Tallulah.

20. She starred in the 1976 film, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, with Martin Sheen and Alexis Smith.

21. On November 27, 1976, she became the youngest host of NBC's Saturday Night Live (until Drew Barrymore in 1982).

22. She received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 1976 Disney comedy, Freaky Friday.

23. She starred in the 1977 Disney film, Candleshoe, with David Niven and Helen Hayes.

24. In 1979, she was interviewed by reporter Bobbie Wygant (of NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth).

25. She starred in the 1980 teen drama, Foxes, with Scott Baio and Sally Kellerman.

26. She starred in the 1980 drama, Carny, with Gary Busey and Robbie Robertson.

27. She played Ed Asner's daughter in the 1982 film, O'Hara's Wife.

28. She starred opposite Peter O'Toole in the CBS movie, Svengali, on March 9, 1983.

29. She played Rob Lowe's sister in the 1984 film, The Hotel New Hampshire, which was based on John Irving's 1981 novel.

30. She starred in the 1987 film, Five Corners, with Tim Robbins and John Turturro.

31. She and Mark Harmon starred in the 1988 romantic drama, Stealing Home.

32. She received her first Academy Award for Best Actress and her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for the 1988 film, The Accused.

33. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on April 5, 1989.

34. She received her second Academy Award for Best Actress and her second Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller, The Silence of the Lambs.

35. In 1991, she released her first feature film as a director, Little Man Tate, a drama in which she also co-starred as a single mother.

36. She, Kathy Bates and Lily Tomlin all played prostitutes in Woody Allen's 1991 film, Shadows and Fog.

37. She starred opposite Richard Gere in the 1993 romantic drama, Sommersby.

38. She played a con artist in the 1994 film, Maverick, which also starred Mel Gibson and James Garner.

39. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for the 1994 drama, Nell.

40. She discussed her second feature film as a director, Home for the Holidays, in a November 1995 interview with Joe Leydon.

41. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for the 1997 science fiction drama, Contact.

42. She played British teacher Anna Leonowens in the 1999 period drama, Anna and the King.

43. She, Nathan Lane and Harry Connick, Jr. were contestants on Celebrity Jeopardy! on February 5, 2001.

44. She replaced an injured Nicole Kidman in David Fincher's 2002 thriller, Panic Room.

45. In September 2005, she promoted the thriller, Flightplan, on Late Show with David Letterman and Ellen.

46. She starred in director Spike Lee's 2006 film, Inside Man, with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen.

47. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for 2007's The Brave One.

48. She provided the voice of Maggie Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons on May 10, 2009.

49. In 2011, she directed her third feature film, The Beaver, in which she played Mel Gibson's wife.

50. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the 2011 film, Carnage, which also starred John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz.

51. On January 13, 2013, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th Golden Globe Awards.

52. She starred opposite Matt Damon in the 2013 film, Elysium.

53. She directed her fourth feature film, Money Monster (starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts), which will be released on April 8, 2016.

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