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Did You Know?
... that the persistent rumor that a very young Jodie Foster was the inspiration for the Coppertone Suntan Lotion girl who is having her bathing suit bottom pulled off by a little dog is untrue. While it is true that one of the 40 commercials that Jodie appeared in as a youngster was for Coppertone, the famous illustration was actually created nearly ten years before Jodie Foster filmed the commercial in 1965.
... that Jodie Foster made her film debut in the Disney movie Napoleon and Samantha. Jodie Foster would make many movies for Disney turning that period, the most famous being the comedy Freaky Friday.
... that a very young Jody Foster appeared with Henry Fonda in a commercial.
... that Jodie Foster's most controversial role to date was the troubled teenage prostitute in Martin Scorsese' Taxi Driver. Jodie was only thirteen when she made the movie and had to undergo hours of psychiatric evaluation before producers and her mother would allow her to participate in this dark film. This role would establish her credentials as a talented actress but would also be the source of great emotional turmoil in years to come. In 1981, an obsessed fan named John Hinckley Jr. would attempt to assassinate then President Ronald Reagan in a misguided notion that the act would impress Jodie. During Hinckley's trial it came out that he was obsessed with the movie Taxi Driver and Jodie Foster's character in that movie. And it was the plot of the film that gave him the idea for the assignation attempt. Here is the full story of John Hinckley and his attempt to kill the President of the United States. Jodie has refused to speak publically about this difficult time in her life but she did write a fascinating account of it entitled "Why me?" for Esquire Magazine.
(Visit our Tribute to Taxi Driver).
... that Jodie Foster was somewhat of a child prodigy. She has a very high IQ, learned to read at the age of three and spoke perfect French by age 13. She graduated magnum cum laude from Yale University. So it should come as no surprise that Jodie Foster's first attempt at movie directing would be a tale about a child prodigy called Little Man Tate.
... that besides her brilliant movie career, Jodie Foster is known for leaving Hollywood for four years to get an Ivy League degree and for her unwitting brush with history in a Presidential assassination attempt. Jodie Foster graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1984 with a B.A. in literature. She was given an honorary doctor of fine arts degree by the university. So we could call her Dr. Foster.