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Two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster has been tapped to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony in January, recognizing her 40-year career as an actress, director, and movie producer. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has selected her to become the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.


After a successful career on the small screen, Foster made the successful jump to feature films, including Taxi Driver, Freaky Friday, Bugsy Malone, The Hotel New Hampshire, Little Man Tate, Maverick, and Nell. She received her Academy Awards for performances in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs.

Other actor-recipients include Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Gregory Peck, Joan Crawford, James Stewart, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gene Kelly; and more recently, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Lemmon, Gene Hackman, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson, and last year, Morgan Freeman. Her co-star in Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins, was given the award. Producers and directors as Cecil B. DeMille (of course) Samuel Goldwyn, Walt Disney, Daryl F. Zanuck, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg also accepted the yearly trophy.

Jodie Foster began her career at age three as a Coppertone Girl in a commercial, and she debuted on a television weekly series in a 1968 episode of Mayberry R.F.DShe also had guest-starring roles in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Gunsmoke, My Three Sons, Adam 12, Bonanza, and The Partridge Family.

Life imitated art when John Hinckley Jr. became obsessed with Foster after watching Taxi Driver, and stalked the actress while she was attending Yale. His assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981, forced her to hold a press conference, and write an essay article (Why Me?) for Esquire Magazine . She’s been known to walk out of interviews if Hinckley is even mentioned. I refer to this as a Hollywood-and-Vine moment; Americana intersecting with Tinsel Town.

Jodie Foster will be presented with the award at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 13th. The iconic star will be the first female to receive the accolade since Barbra Streisand in 1999. She’s also the fourth youngest selection in the history of the presentation; her 50th birthday is in a couple of weeks.


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