HOLLYWOOD — Jodie Foster received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame May 4, honoring a career that began when she was 3 years old and that has brought her two Oscars as an actress and acclaim as a director.
Kristen Stewart, who played Foster’s 11-year-old diabetic daughter in the 2002 film thriller “Panic Room,” was among those joining Foster at the ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony came nine days before the release of the latest film Foster directed, “Money Monster,” which stars George Clooney as a financial television host and Julia Roberts as his producer who are forced to unravel a conspiracy at the heart of the global financial markets when their studio is taken over by an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell).
“I grew up probably 10 blocks from here, off Cahuenga, and had to pass this street every day as I was on my way to school and my mother told us if she ever found us on Hollywood Boulevard we shouldn’t bother coming home,” Foster said. “But we loved it. And it still has all of that excitement that it did as a child. The star ceremony is something that I’ve always thought of and dreamed of. I told my children when they asked me, ‘Why don’t you have a star on Hollywood Boulevard?’ I said I was waiting to have the opportunity to have one as a director.”
Born Alicia Christian Foster on Nov. 19, 1962, Foster began her career as the Coppertone girl in a commercial for the sunscreen.
Foster made her television debut in a 1968 episode of the CBS rural comedy “Mayberry R.F.D.” She later appeared on such late-1960s and early-1970s series as “Julia,” “Nanny and the Professor,” “Adam-12,” “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “My Three Sons” and “The Partridge Family.”
Foster made her film debut as Samantha in the 1972 Disney adventure drama “Napoleon and Samantha.” Her other early films included “Kansas City Bomber,” “Tom Sawyer” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
Foster received her first Oscar nomination in 1977 for her portrayal of a teenage prostitute in “Taxi Driver.”
Foster enrolled in Yale in 1980, continuing to act during her summer vacations, appearing in “O’Hara’s Wife,” “The Hotel New Hampshire” and the French film, “The Blood of Others.”
Foster graduated from Yale in 1985 with a literature degree. She received best actress Oscars in 1989 for her portrayal of a rape victim in “The Accused” and in 1992 for her role as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in “The Silence of The Lambs.”
Foster also received a best actress Oscar nomination in 1995 for “Nell,” in which she played the title role of a woman who grew up isolated in the Appalachian Mountains.
Foster began her film directing career with the 1991 drama “Little Man Tate.” She also directed “Home for the Holidays” and “The Beaver.”
Foster received an outstanding directing for a comedy series Emmy nomination in 2014 for “Orange is the New Black.”