Jodie Foster is to become the latest recipient of a lifetime achievement award at next year’s Golden Globes.

The 49-year-old actress will collect the Cecil DeMille Award in a little over two months time. It will be the latest highlight of a truly unique career that literally has spanned a lifetime, starting when she was aged just three in the world of commercials. Bigger things were on the horizon, however, and by the age of ten she was already a TV show veteran.

Inevitably, the silver screen came calling – and how! Foster had only just entered her teenage years when she landed her first major role in 1976, that of gymslip prostitute Iris in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Whilst this brought about recognition in the form of an Academy Award nomination, it also caused controversy due to someone of such tender years playing that particular part.

Yet all of this stood her in good stead for the often cut-throat nature of the movie business. The roles poured in, starting with that of Tallulah in Bugsy Malone, also in 1976. Thirteen years later, her portrayal of a rape victim in The Accused earned Foster the Best Actress Oscar, proving that the transition from child prodigy to genuine Hollywood star was complete.

Along came the 1990s and possibly her most famous role to-date, that of FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Not only did it see Foster bag her second Academy Award, but it also became her first official blockbuster, grossing nearly $273m. The acclaim continued, with pictures such as Panic Room, whilst her career in general branched out into direction and production.

The award is bestowed upon ‘talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment’ and Ms Foster has certainly done that. Let’s face it, had she been British she’d have been known as Dame Jodie Foster for years by now, so come January 13th it’ll be great to see the Globes giving her the next best thing.

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