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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 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 Awards and her own production company, this biography takes readers from the superstar's stormy childhood to her emergence as one of Hollywood's youngest power brokers. 16 pages of photos. .


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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 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 Awards and her own production company, this biography takes readers from the superstar's stormy childhood to her emergence as one of Hollywood's youngest power brokers. 16 pages of photos. .

30 review for Foster Child: Intimate Biography of Jodie Foster

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    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 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 point of isolation. Her family life growing up was tumultuous and has left her with a lot of baggage. Her brother, who tells the story of her life, does a phenomenal job telling the reader about Jodi, her family and the episodes in her life that have had significant impact, i.e John Hinckley Jr. I have read where Jodi has condemned Buddy for writing this book, however, there is nothing but high praise and compassion for Jodi to the point where it’s almost too much. Buddy, time and time again, reiterates how smart and talented Jodi is. I think the thing that probably upsets Jodi the most is the lesbian references of Aunt Jo. Interesting that several years after this book was written, Foster does have a lesbian relationship and shares 2 kids with her. I thought Buddy did right by Jodi in writing this book, mainly because she does not share any part of her personal life with the public, and we are interested. There is no name dropping in here. Buddy is very open and honest about his own problems as well as the dysfunctional relationship of his parents. He puts Jodi in the most favorable light while writing this book, I don’t understand the response she had. I enjoyed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    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 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ilena Holder

    Ate it up with a spoon! A big one! I am sure Jody hated this, but her brother dished the dirt on the entire family. Weird, weird, and more weird. He also tells his child of being a child actor for a short period in his life. His main goal was to buy a dirt bike (I believe) like his teen neighbor. Jody will probably never write her own story, so you had better read this one. Great and gossipy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LeAnn Morgan

    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. 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bobette Giorgi

    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 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 always seems to come to her mother's defense. Is that because Jodie blocked most of it out (she endured in pedophile-run Hollywood, a task which requires the blocking out of very unpleasant events) or was she just able to come to terms better than Buddy? Not sure, but all siblings seem to live with this struggle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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. Reportedly, Jodie was ve 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. Reportedly, Jodie was very upset with Buddy about this book, but it was tamer than I had expected, and Buddy's admiration and respect for his sister is more than evident.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alayne

    An interesting biography of the reclusive Jodie Foster by her brother Buddy, this gave a fascinating insight into her early life. Unfortunately it finishes in 1996, so is quite a lot out of date. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I actually gave this title 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5. Read the full review at: www.cloquetriverpress.com. Peace Mark I actually gave this title 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5. Read the full review at: www.cloquetriverpress.com. Peace Mark

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    This biography of Jodie by her brother does a good job of chronicling her early career.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    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 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 players in his nuclear family. Not a page turner...but satisfying enough...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dark-Draco

    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. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    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. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Othón A. León

    I always liked Jodie, maybe because "we grew up together"... Well, I mean, same age, same planet... AND because she always was so beautiful... Not an excellent book though, but good enough to give it a try and learn about her life. I always liked Jodie, maybe because "we grew up together"... Well, I mean, same age, same planet... AND because she always was so beautiful... Not an excellent book though, but good enough to give it a try and learn about her life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shawnnnee

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Apeksha

    If you are already a Jodie Foster fan this book will make you a bigger fan!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Wilde

  19. 5 out of 5

    Romany

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhana Williams

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lanelika

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fuzzy

  25. 5 out of 5

    andrew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christy Applegate

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah McGinley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Connie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Crawford

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie Madden

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