She’s had one truly brilliant career to date and I’m sure there’s more brilliance to come from the Oscar-winning JODIE FOSTER.
The incredible JODIE FOSTER has had quite an acting career to date with a range of truly iconic performances. Making her debut on television in 1968, she’s one of the few performers who’ve made a successful transition from working as a child actor to an adult.
Here are just a few of them I’ve seen which have made me marvel at her brilliance:
In 1976, she played two roles which couldn’t have been more different – as Tallulah the sassy moll in a speakeasy she made a huge impression on Alan Parker’s musical Bugsy Malone, and then as Iris in her huge brimmed hat, she’s made Robert De Niro stop in his tracks in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
She then made an Academy Award-winning splash in 1988 as Sarah Tobias, a young woman bringing her violent assailants to justice in Jonathan Kaplan’s The Accused and won her first ‘Best Actress’ Oscar.
But her defining role for me comes from 1991 as the young FBI agent Clarice Starling when she came face-to-face with two serial killers – one memorably played by Anthony Hopkins – in Jonathan Demme’s screen version of Thomas Harris’ thriller The Silence of the Lambs, for which she won her second ‘Best Actress’ Oscar.
Since then, I loved her as Meg Altman, the fearless mother protecting her daughter from intruders in David Fincher’s Panic Room.
And as another mother Kyle Pratt, stopping at nothing until she finds her missing daughter aboard a transatlantic plane in Robert Schwentke’s Flightplan.
She is quite simply, one of the great and most dynamic actresses working in film. FOSTER’s illustrious screen career is profiled in the latest entry in David Thomson’s fantastic series