Who is Jodie Foster?
Jodie Foster is an American actress and filmmaker. She is popularly known for her work in movies like “The Mauritanian”, “Elysium” and “Hotel Artemis.” In 1992, Jodie Foster was named the most beautiful woman in the world by People Magazine. She was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.
Jodie Foster’s real name is Alicia Christian Foster. She was born on November 19, 1962, in Los Angeles, California, the United States to her parents – Evelyn “Brandy” Foster (mother) and Lucius Fisher Foster (father). Jodie Foster is of English, German and Irish descent. Although she was originally named Alicia, Jodie Foster’s siblings started referring to her as “Jodie” and the name stuck. As of December 2022, Jodie Foster is 60 years old.
About Jodie Foster’s parents
a. Evelyn “Brandy” Foster
Jodie Foster’s mother, Evelyn “Brandy” Foster (née Almond) was born in 1928. She married Lucius Foster III (Jodie Foster’s father) and they had four children together. Sometime before Jodie Foster was born, Brandy and Lucius Foster split. After the divorce, Brandy Foster raised her children with her female partner. She worked as a publicist for a film producer named Arthur P. Jacobs. She also managed the careers of her children: Buddy and Jodie Foster. Brandy Foster died on May 13, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 91.
b. Lucius Fisher Foster III
Jodie Foster’s father, Lucius Fisher Foster III was born on May 8, 1922. He was a former Second World War fighter pilot. He married Brandy Foster but they got divorced later. Lucius Foster III claimed that the divorce was because Brandy was a lesbian. Throughout his life, Jodie Foster did not have a relationship with her father. In 2011, Lucius Foster III made headlines after he duped poor and elderly people of a hundred thousand dollars for deposits on homes that never existed. He was then sentenced to seven years in prison but ended up serving only two. Lucius Foster III died on October 8, 2016, at the age of 94, due to cardiopulmonary arrest and Alzheimer’s disease.
About Jodie Foster’s siblings
Jodie Foster has three direct siblings from her parents’ marriage. She also has three half-brothers from her father’s previous relationships. Not much is currently known about the identity of Jodie Foster’s half-brothers.
a. Lucinda “Cindy” Foster Jones
Cindy Foster Jones is Jodie Foster’s elder sister. She was born on October 26, 1954, in Los Angeles, California, the United States and is currently 68 years old. She is also an actress popularly known for her work in the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
b. Constance “Connie” Foster
Connie Foster is Jodie Foster’s elder sister. She was born on October 30, 1955, in Los Angeles, California, the United States and is currently 67 years old. She is an actress popularly known for her work in movies like “Chicago Story” and “Missing Persons.”
c. Lucius Fisher “Buddy” Foster IV
Buddy Foster is Jodie Foster’s older brother. He is an American former child actor, author and writer. He was born on July 12, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, United States to Lucius Fisher Foster III and Brandy Foster. He is currently 65 years old.
About Jodie Foster’s sexuality
Jodie Foster “came out” as gay at the 2013 Golden Globes where she was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. At the time, she was single, having separated from her long-term partner, Cydney Bernard. During her acceptance speech, Jodie Foster noted that she had been out for a long time.
“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, co-workers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her.”
“But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance. and a primetime reality show.”
About Jodie Foster’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (December 2022), Jodie Foster is married to her wife, Alexandra Hedison. Prior to her marriage to Hedison, Jodie Foster was in a relationship with Cydney Bernard with whom she shares two children.
About Jodie Foster’s husband
As of the time of writing, Jodie Foster does not have a husband. The award-winning actress is gay and currently married to her wife Alexandra Hedison.
List of women Jodie Foster has dated
- Jodie Foster dated Cydney Bernard in 1993.
- Jodie Foster reportedly dated Cynthia Mort in 2008.
- Jodie Foster dated Alexandra Hedison in 2013. They got married in 2014.
About Jodie Foster’s relationship with Cydney Bernard
Cydney Bernard (born Cydney Ellen Bernard) is an American film producer and production manager. She was born on March 30, 1953, in the United States and is currently 69 years old. Cydney Bernard is popularly known for her work in movies like “The Client” and “Bean.”
Cydney Bernard met Jodie Foster while on the set of the 1993 romantic drama, “Sommersby.” Foster starred in the movie as “Laurel Sommersby” while Cynthia Bernard worked as an additional crew member. Foster and Cydney Bernard welcomed their first son together in 1988 and then another son in 2001.
Sadly, Foster and Bernard broke up in 2008. After the split, it was speculated that Foster left Bernard to be with Cynthia Mort. However, the ex-lovers have remained very good friends. While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Golden Globes event, Foster referred to Cydney Bernard as her heroic co-parent, her ex-partner in love and her righteous sister in life.
About Jodie Foster’s marriage to Alexandra Hedison
Alexandra Hedison is an American photographer, director and actress. She was born on July 10, 1969, in Los Angeles, California, the United States and is currently 53 years old. Alexandra Hedison is popularly known for being the ex-girlfriend of comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. Before Foster, Hedison and Ellen DeGeneres dated for three years (from 2001 to 2004).
Alexandra Hedison and Jodie Foster met in 2013 and got married in April 2014 after dating for a year. While Foster and Hedison prefer to keep details of their relationship away from the media, fans still adore their union.
In 2001, they attended the Golden Globes together where Foster was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the movie “The Mauritanian.” When Jodie Foster was called out as the winner, Hedison kissed her before she made her acceptance speech.
Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in April 2022. As of the time of writing, Foster and Hedison are still together and going strong in their marriage.
About Jodie Foster’s children
As of the time of publishing this article, Jodie Foster has two children from her relationship with Cydney Bernard. The names of Jodie Foster’s two sons are Charles Bernard Foster and Christopher “Kit” Bernard Foster.
a. Charles Bernard Foster
Jodie Foster’s first son Charles Bernard Foster was born on July 20, 1998. He was conceived via artificial insemination. Jodie Foster was said to have gone to a Los Angeles clinic to pick the sperm of a dark-haired, 6-foot, PhD scientist with a 160 IQ. Charles Foster is 24 years old.
b. Christopher “Kit” Bernard Foster
Jodie Foster’s second son, Kit Bernard Foster was born on September 29, 2001. He was also conceived via artificial insemination. He is currently 21 years old.
Jodie Foster’s experience with John Hinckley Jr
During her first year at Yale, Jodie Foster was stalked by a man called John Hinckley Jr. Hinckley developed an obsessive fixation on Jodie Foster after seeing the 1976 film, “Taxi Driver”, in which a man plots to assassinate a presidential candidate. In the film, Jodie Foster portrays “Iris Steensma”, a sexually trafficked twelve-year-old.
When Jodie Foster got into Yale, Hinckley moved to New Haven, Connecticut for a short time to stalk her. He sent Jodie Foster several love letters and romantic poems and repeatedly called her and left her messages. After he failed to establish any form of meaningful communication with her, John Hinckley Jr. fantasized about hijacking an aircraft or killing himself in a bid to get Foster’s attention.
Eventually, Hinckley decided to impress Jodie Foster by assassinating the President, thinking that when he’d done that, he would appeal to Jodie Foster as an equal. So, Hinckley followed President Jimmy Carter from state to state and was then arrested in Tennessee on a firearm charge. He received psychiatric treatment for his depression but his mental health did not improve. He then began to target President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He collected information on the assassination of John F. Kennedy as a guide. Hinckley wrote a note to Jodie Foster before his attempt to murder Reagan.
The note read:
“Over the past seven months, I’ve left you dozens of poems, letters and love messages in the faint hope that you could develop an interest in me. Although we’ve talked on the phone a couple of times, I never had the courage to approach you and introduce myself. The reason I’m going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you.”
On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot at President Ronald Reagan six times as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington D. C. In the process, Hinckley wounded police officer, Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent, Timothy McCarthy and critically wounded and permanently disabled press secretary, James Brady. Brady passed away in 2014 due to complications from the gunshot wounds. After his trial, John Hinckley Jr. declared that the shooting was the greatest love offering in the world.
The incident drew so much media attention that Foster was accompanied by bodyguards for months. In 1982, Jodie Foster published an essay titled, “Why Me?”. Foster has stated that she does not like to dwell on the incident and she does not want to be known for that. She added that her suffering compared to James Brady’s was insignificant.
“Whatever bad moments that I had certainly could never compare to that family.”
During her time at Yale, Jodie Foster had other stalkers, including a man who planned to kill her but changed his mind after seeing her perform in a school play.