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 has also starred in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Foxes, Little Man Tate (which she also directed), Contact, Panic Room, Flightplan, Carnage, and The Mauritanian, among many others.

She is the daughter of Evelyn Della/Ella “Brandy” (Almond), a film producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster, 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 speaks French, and dubs her own roles into the language.

Jodie’s paternal grandfather was Lucius Fisher Foster (the son of Alexis Caldwell Foster and Alice Eddy Fisher). Lucius was born in Denver, Colorado. He was a member of the 336th Fighter Squadron. 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 R. Robertson and Elizabeth Hughes). Constance was born in Paris, Henry, 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, Winnebago, Illinois. Jodie’s biological maternal grandmother was named Josie Almond, and was born in Rockford. 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 –

13 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    It would be interesting to add that she speaks perfect french and dub her own roles in this language

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    She looks very british, irish, and german. Typical american NH White woman, really not much else to add.

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