It's a very rare thing in Hollywood for a child to start their career at three years of age and not only work steadily for the next forty-seven years, but to become on the of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. That, however, is precisely what Jodie Foster has done. The actress who got her start in showbiz as the little girl in the Coppertone sunblock commercials and print ads is turning 50 years old today, marking a major milestone in her life.
Fans of Jodie's work might be surprised to learn that she played Pugsly Adams, the son of Gomez and Morticia in the animated version of "The Addams Family" in 1973 when she was just eleven years old. But it was just three years later, in 1976 when Foster's career really broke as she was cast in iconic director Martin Scorsese's gritty film "Taxi Driver," Jodie played Iris, a 12-year-old prostitute. Her performance was so stunningly real and she held her own on screen with Robert De Niro so well she was actually nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
Jodie would eventually get two Oscars, once in 1989 for her work in "The Accused," and once in 1992 for her superb performance opposite Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs." Though she's worked less frequently in recent years, she's still among Hollywood's most respected and sought-after actresses, and she's even taken a couple turns behind the lens as director, as well.
As it turns out, quite a few stars have turned or will turn 50 this year, and here are just a few.
Funny Men - 1962 was a good year for the comedians. Star of "The Office" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," Steve Carell turned 50 in August. Matthew Broderick, the man who gave us Ferris Bueller, blew out fifty candles on his cake back in March, and in January the rubber-faced Jim Carrey hit the big milestone himself.
They Loved The '80s - Brat Pack alum and "Ghost" star Demi Moore may have seen her marriage to Ashton Kutcher implode this year, but she also turned 50 earlier this month. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" star Jennifer Jason Leigh celebrated her fiftieth in February. Then there was Tom Cruise, who was behind several big films from the 1980s like "Risky Business," "Top Gun," and "Rainman" celebrated five decades of life back in July.
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