From the age of three, Jodie Foster begins her acting career in commercials before making her first television début in Mayberry R.F.D, in 1969. In 1976, the young actress is chosen by Martin Scorcese to play a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver, opposite Robert De Niro. Despite its violence, the film is a huge success and reveals a highly gifted actress. She is then cast in several films such as the children's gangster musical, Bugsy Malone, in 1976 and Carny, in 1980. In the meantime, Jodie Foster has remained an excellent student, graduating from Los Angeles' Lycée Français (the reason why she speaks such a fluent French) and studying at Yale University – studies during which she infrequently appears on film. In 1988, she fully returns to acting with an enduring part in The Accused for which she obtains her first Oscar and then becomes one of the 1990s leading ladies with such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Nell, in 1994 and Contact, in 1997. From the 2000s, she only stars in a little number of carefully chosen roles, emphasizing her toughness in Panic Room, in 2002 and Inside Man, in 2006 and exploring her comedic talents in Carnage, in 2013. The actress has also turned into a director, beginning with the successful Little Man Tate, in 1991 to The Beaver, in 2011 that helped put the spotlight on Mel Gibson for something else than scandals. Jodie Foster managed to move from the dangerous child actor phenomenon to respected leading lady, having meticulously protected her private life along the way: it is only in 2013 that the actress finally officially revealed her homosexuality.