Jodie Foster, the 50-year-old actress, director and producer who at 13 first gained huge attention for her role as Iris, a teenage prostitute in "Taxi Driver," will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2013 Golden Globes. "Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career," said HFPA president Aida Takla-O'Reilly. What are five facts about the woman who earned Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances in "The Accused" and "The Silence of the Lambs"?
"The Beaver" director and actress has kind words to say about Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is known as a good actor, but his alleged drinking and relationship problems have taken over the spotlight, not to mention his reported anti-Semitic remarks. However, the director of "The Beaver" has nothing but good things to say about its actor Mel Gibson. "Just start from zero. He's a really loyal and trustworthy person, just a really good friend and not full of sh*t. He's not a movie star, he's not a celebrity. He's a complicated person," said Foster. "I don't have particular friendships with any other actors. There are some people I've known for years and who I like, but not like this. This is a really deep friendship. But you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in Hollywood who doesn't like Mel."
She defends her "Panic Room" co-star Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart was just 11 years old when she starred with Jodie Foster in "Panic Room." Now she's 22 years old, a "Twilight" star, and the subject of a cheating scandal. She was accused of cheating on then boyfriend and "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, the married director of "Snow White and the Huntsman." Foster played Stewart's mom in "Panic Room", and she defends her like a mom too. "In my era, through discipline and force of will, you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life . . . not anymore," said Foster. "If I were a young actor or actress starting my career today in the new era of social media and its sanctioned hunting season, would I survive? Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost? I've said it before and I will say it again: If I were a young actor today, I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don't think I could survive it emotionally."
Whitney Houston's situation left her 'broken-hearted'
Reportedly, the actress and the singer, who died in 2012, had a falling out. "[Jodie] is broken-hearted that she didn't do more to help Whitney. They were once very close, but Whitney's drug use ultimately destroyed their friendship. Jodie is absolutely devastated over her death," said a source. The 2013 Cecil B. DeMille recipient wishes there was more she could have done to help her.
A female mob boss is supposedly her next project
Foster, who does more than just act, is also a producer and is said to be developing a drama for Showtime called "Angie's Body." The central character is "shrewd, sexy and, when necessary, lethal woman who runs a family-based crime syndicate."
Foster's father, Lucius Fisher Foster II, was sentenced to five years in jail
Lucius Fisher Foster II, a real estate broker, received five years in jail for taking $130,000 in down payments for homes that never existed. Although the 90-year-old man is Jodie's father, Foster never knew the man who walked out on the family before she was born. "I've never known him," she said. "That's why I never talk about him because he hasn't been a part of my life. So it would be kind of like giving credit to somebody who wasn't around."
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