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Jodie Foster directs and stars in "The Beaver," alongside Mel Gibson, as Meredith Black.

Jodie Foster's performances as a rape survivor in "The Accused" and as Special Agent Clarice Starling in the Oscar-winning thriller "The Silence of the Lambs" earned her two Academy Awards for Best Actress and a reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation.

For her role in "The Silence of the Lambs," Foster was also awarded a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a New York Film Critics Award and a Chicago Film Critics Award. Foster received her first Oscar nomination and awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics for her role in "Taxi Driver." She also became the only American actress to win two separate awards in the same year from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts — Best Supporting Actress and Best Newcomer honoring her performances in both "Taxi Driver" and "Bugsy Malone."

Most recently, audiences saw Jodie star in the Fox Walden film "Nim's Island" with Gerard Butler. Prior to that, Foster starred in "The Brave One" for director Neil Jordan and for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. In total, Foster has appeared in nearly 40 films, including the recent "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen; the box-office hit "Flightplan"; Jean Pierre Jeunet's French language film, "A Very Long Engagement"; David Fincher's box-office success, "Panic Room"; "Anna and the King" for director Andy Tenant, "Contact" for director Robert Zemeckis; "Nell" opposite Liam Neeson; the comedy "Maverick" opposite Mel Gibson and James Garner and the romantic drama "Sommersby" opposite Richard Gere.

Other select motion picture credits include Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog"; Mary Lambert's "Siesta" opposite Ellen Barkin; "Stealing Home"; "Five Corners"; as well as earlier films such as "Tom Sawyer"; Disney's "Freaky Friday"; Adrian Lyne's "Foxes"; Tony Richardson's "The Hotel New Hampshire"; and Claude Chabrol's "The Blood of Others," for which the multi-lingual Foster looped all of her own dialogue in French. Foster began her career at age three, appearing as "The Coppertone Girl" in the television commercial. She then went on to become a regular on a number of television series, including "Mayberry RFD," "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "My Three Sons" and "Paper Moon." She made her feature debut in "Napoleon and Samantha" when she was eight years old.

But it was her role in Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1975), which brought her to the audience's eyes, and her powerful portrayal of a streetwise teenager in Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1976) that won her widespread critical praise and international attention. Foster appeared in a total of four films in 1976, "Bugsy Malone," "Echoes of Summer," "Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" and "Taxi Driver," all of which were presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Alan Parker's "Bugsy Malone" earned her an Italian Comedy Award.

In addition to her acting, Foster has always had a keen interest in the art of filmmaking. "The Beaver" is her third directorial credit. She made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with the highly acclaimed "Little Man Tate," in which she also starred. In 1995, Foster directed her second film, "Home for the Holidays," which she also produced. The film starred Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr.
Foster founded Egg Pictures in 1992, and the company produced "Nell" (1994), for which Foster earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress; "Home for the Holidays" (1995); the Showtime telefilm "The Baby Dance" (1998) which received a Peabody Award, four Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations; as well as USA Films' "Waking the Dead," directed by Keith Gordon starring Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. In 1996, Egg presented the award-winning French film "Hate" in the United States. Egg Pictures also produced "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (2001).

Foster graduated with honors from Yale University in 1985, earning a B.A. in literature.

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Age: 53 years old
Birthday: November 19, 1962
Height: 5' 3 ½"
Nickname: Jodie F
Full Name / Real Name: Alicia Christian Foster
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

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