>> Jodie was born Alicia Christian Foster but her three siblings insisted on calling her ‘Jodie’.

Jodie Foster

>> She began her career at age three as a Coppertone Girl in a television commercial and debuted as a television actress in a 1968 episode of Mayberry R.F.D.

>> In her college years, Jodie was stalked by John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan.

>> In 1991, Jodie made her directorial debut with Little Man Tate, a critically acclaimed drama about a child prodigy, in which she also co-starred as the child's mother.

>> Jodie got the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) after Michelle Pfeiffer turned it down.