Jodie Foster belongs to the list of celebrities that come to mind when talking about top-notch acting skills. As one of the most awarded actresses of her time, she was honored to have an asteroid named after her, the Asteroid 17744 Jodie Foster. She received quite some achievements throughout her career as a result of her intelligence and hard work. She also inspired plenty of artists. They also aspired to be on par with her net worth. As of 2020, the actress accumulated a total net worth of $100 million. This article explains how she managed to earn that much money.
Jodie Foster: Early Life
Born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962, from a wealthy family in Los Angeles, California, Foster was exposed to the entertainment industry at a very early age. When she was three years old, she was already recognized as the Coppertone girl from the TV ads. That stint prompted her to rose to fame rapidly. She appeared in more TV ads after her Coppertone commercial was aired. At the age of six, she landed her first TV sitcom job. At age 10, she already had 20 acting gigs and numerous commercials under her belt.
Jodie Foster: Teen Years
While Foster became a household name as a young celebrity, she was not considered an actress until she reached her teenage years. Like other child stars, she and her mother, Evelyn Ella, were worried that she might not be able to properly transition into adult roles. It is the reason why they chose to venture into adult films early in her career. In 1976, Foster was cast as a child prostitute named Alice in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver. She was only 12 years old during that time. There were also plenty of challenges during the development of the project. However, she could finish the project and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for that film. She also appeared in other movies during that period, including Freaky Friday and Bugsy Malone.
Jodie Foster: Adult Roles
As a very intelligent individual, Foster concentrated on education and enrolled at Yale University in 1980. During that time, her career slowed down a little as she focused on her university studies. However, her time in college changed her perspectives about the acting craft. After her 1985 graduation, she had a hard time finding work. Yet she was able to start tinkering with directorial work. Her first job behind the scenes was for a 1988 episode of Tales from the Darkside. She was also able to make a breakthrough in her acting career as an adult through the film called The Accused. It came after a series of failed or lukewarm success in other movies. The Accused came during the tie when she was already prepared to return to school for graduate education. The legal drama movie received praise from the critics and prompted her to get multiple nominations and a Golden Globes Best Actress in a Motion Picture award.
Jodie Foster: Success In the 90s, Directorial Debut, and Egg Pictures
After the success of The Accused, Foster further cemented her prominence in the entertainment world with a series of films in the 1990s. One of which is the cult classic The Silence of the Lambs. She portrayed the role of Clarice Starling, the FBI trainers who interviewed the convicted serial killer Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins. The role helped her won an Oscar Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. She also released her first film as a director titled Little Man Tate in 1991.
Aside from earning money through her acting jobs, she also earned financial success through her production company called Egg Pictures. It operated under PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Their first project, titled Nell, was released in December 1994. Aside from being the producer, she also starred in the movie as the titular character. It was a major commercial success and earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Jodie Foster: Later Career And Focus On Directing
The multi-awarded actress continued to make numerous excellent movies in the early 2000s. She starred in several suspense/thriller movies like Panic Room, Inside Man, Flightplan, and The Brave One. But towards the end of 2010, she made it clear that she wanted to focus more on directing. She could direct several TV shows like some episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Tales from the Loop, and Black Mirror.
Since she received countless recognitions throughout her entertainment career, she made a huge difference in the industry. Her overall net worth is only a small amount compared to all her contributions to Hollywood and the entire industry.