- Published on Monday, January 14 2013
- Written by Katie Marzullo
It might seem weird to some – especially anyone 25 and under – that Jodie Foster, a woman of mere 50, would be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. Aren’t those usually reserved for super-old people? Yes, indeed, but those super-old people are generally recognized for bodies of work spanning several decades. In Jodie’s case, she has that covered, because she’s been in the biz since she was a kid.
Just last night, I was out to dinner with some friends, and we fell into a conversation about child actors and how rare it is for them to either grow up without any major drama and/or find success in the entertainment biz as an adult. There were only a few we could think of who had managed to do that – Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, and Linda Blair. It occurred to me that 2 out of those 3 (Shields and Blair) became famous as young stars of rather controversial movies. And the fact that they both walked away seemingly unscathed is rather remarkable. Foster’s name was not brought up, but it should have been, because she falls into this category as well. Her early roles, such as Taxi Driver, put her into very grown-up scenarios at a rather tender age. But she never seemed worse for wear because of it, successfully transitioning into adult roles with nary and hiccup and going on to win 2 Academy Awards. And is it any surprise? She’d had A LOT of training.
Yes, Jodie Foster has been there, done that. And she was a perfect choice for this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. In her acceptance speech, the usually reserved Jodie was remarkably candid, acknowledging her sexuality for the first time in a public forum, and revealing a deep vulnerability that had many in the audience in tears. No pithy clichés or glib ovations here! It was her moment, all eyes and ears were on her, and she made it count. And it was the highlight of the night!
In case you missed it, check it out below!
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor