Jodie Foster

Ancestry of
Jodie Foster

Movie Actress

Who is Jodie Foster?

Jodie Foster is an American movie actress who has won numerous awards include two Academy Awards for Best Actress for the films The Accused (1989) and The Silence of the Lambs (1992). Although she started her career with television roles, it was the big screen that made her famous. Her first significant role that made her a star is arguably Taxi Driver (1976) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress portraying a child prostitute.

One fan became obsessed with Jodie Foster after watching the film Taxi Driver a number of times. John Hinckley, Jr. claimed that his assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981 was meant to impress Foster.

Famous Kin

Jodie Foster is the 9th great-granddaughter of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. She has a number of presidential kin including Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush.

Jodie Foster has kinship to a number of fellow thespians including John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Marilyn Monroe (probable), Orson Welles, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Dick Van Dyke, Ted Danson, Henry and Jane Fonda, Paget Brewster, and Lucille Ball.

Some historically significant cousins include artist John Trumbull, poets William Cullen Bryant and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Scopes Monkey Trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, and the infamous accused murderess Lizzie Borden.

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Jodie Foster photo by Alan Light (CC BY 2.0)