Jodie Foster

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Birth Name: Alicia Christian Foster

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 19, 1962

Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, possibly German

Jodie Foster is an American actress, director, producer, and filmmaker. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

She is the daughter of Evelyn Della/Ella “Brandy” (Almond), a film producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, a real estate broker, and decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. Jodie is married to photographer, director, and actress Alexandra Hedison. Jodie has two children with her former partner, Cydney Bernard.

On her father’s side, she has English and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, while Jodie’s mother is sometimes cited as being of part German descent. Jodie has also said that she has roots in County Cork, Ireland.

Jodie’s paternal grandfather was Lucius Fisher Foster (the son of Alexis/Alexander Caldwell Foster and Alice Eddy Fisher). Lucius was born in Colorado. Alexis was the son of Turner Saunders Foster and Harriet/Harriett Erwin. Alice was the daughter of Lucius George Fisher, Jr. and Katherine Louise Eddy.

Jodie’s paternal grandmother was Constance Marie Robertson (the daughter of Samuel Richard Robertson and Elizabeth Martha Hughes). Constance was born in Tennessee. Samuel was the son of William Platt Robertson and Louanna Noble Harris. Elizabeth was the daughter of Napoleon Emmett Hughes and Maria Constance Courtenay/Courtney.

Jodie’s mother was born in the Bronx and raised in Rockford, Illinois. Jodie’s biological maternal grandmother was named Josie Almond, and was born in Illinois. Jodie’s biological maternal grandfather has not been publicly identified. Jodie’s mother was adopted by Lucy M. (Lefler) and John Clinton Almond, who were related to her own biological mother.

Jodie likely descends from William Almond and Mary Ann Day, who were English, from Yorkshire.

Sources: Rolling Stone article about Jodie Foster, 1991 –

Genealogies of Jodie Foster –

Genealogy of Jodie Foster (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jodie’s father –

Jodie’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Jodie’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Jodie’s mother’s adoptive parents, John Clinton Almond and Lucy M. Lefler, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

10 Responses

  1. Brett Stevens says:

    If her mother has the last name “Almond,” she is almost certainly Jewish. The fact that she later remarried to a man named Mazur confirms that. The mother was adopted horizontally through the family.

    Also of note is that the mother apparently had a lesbian relationship when young, leading us to wonder (of course) if these traits are inherited. Either way, what a lovely lady Ms. Foster is, and in so many disturbing movies!

  2. madman says:

    This must be her mother:

    Her mother was adopted by Lucy M. (Lefler) and John Clinton Almond.

    • madman says:

      How do you know that Josie Almond was Jodie’s biological maternal grandmother? And that Lucy and John were related to Jodie’s mother? Lucy and Josie could be the same person.

      • follers says:

        …from the “County Historian” link I added, which cites Foster’s brother’s book…

        • madman says:

          Oh, I see now. In that case I would change to:

          Jodie’s mother was adopted by her first cousin once removed, John Clinton Almond, and his wife, Lucy M. (Lefler). The magazine Rolling Stone has written that “Born in the Bronx to a strict German family, Brandy Foster [Jodie’s mother] was raised in Rockford, Illinois.”

          Jodie’s biological maternal grandmother was Josie Almond. Josie had an affair with an older man, Jodie’s biological maternal grandfather, and got pregnant, and the child, Jodie’s mother, was subsequently raised by Josie’s cousin and his wife. Josie was the granddaughter of William Almond and Mary Ann Day, who were both English.

          I’m however not sure that the Rolling Stone article refers to Jodie’s biological maternal grandparents. It says “family” which is hardly a description you can give to a woman giving birth to her lovers child (although, maybe Josie was married to someone at that time). And Lucy Lefler has some German ancestry through her surname, which might be enough for a magazine to say she was “German”. On the other side, it also says “born in the Bronx to…”, and the Almond family lived in Illinois, presumably at the time of Evelyn’s birth. I don’t know what to make of it. But at least English should be added to Jodie’s mother’s ethnicity, whether German should remain or not I don’t know.

  3. Ajaxfan says:

    She is lesbian according to starfluff

  4. Ajaxfan says:

    She is lesbian

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