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Foster Child: Intimate Biography of Jodie Foster
One of four children raised by a controlling, ambitious mother, Jodie Foster achieved early fame and went on to stardom with roles in "Taxi Driver, The Silence of the Lambs" and "Contact". Now, her brother Buddy reveals the true insider's account--from the John Hinckley stalking to the men and woman in her love life to the incredible talent that earned her two Academy Awar ...more
Published May 26th 1997 by William Heinemann Ltd
(first published 1997)
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Nov 12, 2008 Kellie rated it liked it · review of another edition
Autobiographies/Biographies of Hollywood celebrities, especially about those who were child stars when I was growing up, are my vices. I am not a TMZ, PEOPLE magazine enthusiast; however, I find reading about the lives of these actors very interesting. The Jodi Foster movie that is the most notable as far as I’m concerned is Little Man Tate. I loved this movie when I first saw it. And after reading this biography, I understand how powerful it was for Jodi. Foster is extremely intelligent to the ...more
I went in to this book sort of warily, because from the dust jacket it seemed like a trashy tell-all, and I've also heard that Jodie Foster herself doesn't approve of this book. But I was surprised to find that it was actually a very balanced sensitive story about Jodie Foster and about families in general.
I tend to like bios written by family members. (I Slept with Joey Ramone is one of the best.) Buddy discusses the unstable childhood he and Jodie endured, as well as some of the dirt people want to know, such as the mother's lesbian relationship with "Aunt Jo." Buddy and Jodie definitely have different views on their upbringing; while Buddy tells the unpleasant truths about their mother (wasting their money on foolish, extravagant purchases, thereby making the family continually broke), Jodie al ...more
I expected this to be terrible. It wasn't. It was quite well-written and interesting. However, I think it might have been even more interesting if there had been more information about Buddy, who had a totally messed-up life for some time. It also should have ended about two thirds of the way through. While the first two thirds was about their family and life growing up together, the last third was just a lot of quotes from interviews of Jodie and summaries of her movies.
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This 1997 bio is written by Jodie's brother Buddy. It definitely reveals what their life was like growing up in Hollywood by a domineering mother bent on her children's success...and reaping the benefits of their earnings. Still, Jodie was smart enough to overcome the dysfunction...and I hope the harrowing experience of John Hinckley.
I've always harbored a weird fascination for Jodie Foster...remembering vividly when the madman Hinkley shot President Reagan and his aide Bradley in order to get her attention, etc. etc. Mainly I've wondered just what the truth is about her sexual orientation. This book, by her older brother, doesn't clarify that point...but it does describe their odd, dysfunctional childhood in interesting detail. Buddy tends to hold back though, as it's obvious he doesn't want to alienate any of the power pla ...more
I have to say that this isn't the best biography I have ever read. Too often it went off into the Buddy Foster story rather than focusing on Jodie, but it was an interesting read. I never knew about her stalker or the problems she had early on in her life, so all of that was new. So all in all, entertaining, but not a book I would return to.
Jodie Foster's brother wrote this book. He let it all hang out, dishing out all her secrets and outing her. If my brother wrote a tell-all about me, I would disown him in a flash. I have always thought Jodie was a fabulous actress and I am impressed that she speaks perfect French, something I can only aspire to.
I quit reading this book about 2/3 through. It was interesting in places, but then bogged down in repetitive observations. I really felt this book was much more about her brother (the author) than about Jodi Foster. I sort of felt somewhat sorry for him, and the way he described being on the sidelines of her life. I hope he feels better by the end, but not enough to finish it to find out.
This book was so much more than an inspiration for me while I was about 15 years old. The biography about her written by her brother includes besides childhoodmemories and other backgroundmaterial of Jodie a lot more about a girl finding her own voice in this world.