She didn't actually come out say that, though; in fact, after the show, she confirmed that she'll be active in the industry. But her long and winding speech was peppered with a bevy of hints, reiterating the fact that she's been in the public eye since she was a toddler, calling her 47 years in the film business a really "long time," and ending with the words, "I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter…I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It's just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. And maybe it won't be as sparkly, maybe it won't open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle."
Regardless of her next steps, one thing is for sure: Jodie Foster couldn't just fade into oblivion, even if she wanted to. She'll forever be known for her eclectic body of work, from the tween days of "Taxi Driver" to her Oscar winning roles in "The Accused" and "Silence of the Lambs" to her more recent turn in the 2011 black comedy "Carnage."
But this proud 50-year-old has been in the biz long enough to have a slew of little known work on her resume, as well, with the occasional surprise pop up on syndicated TV.
Check out five of the best forgotten Jodie Foster television roles.
"The Partridge Family" (1973)In the 1973 "Partridge Family" episode "The Eleven year Itch," a tween Foster played the young crush of Danny (Danny Bonaduce), who went so far as to slug him when he tried to give her a kiss. In a 2000 interview, Bonaduce reminisced about working with the future movie star: "I may have been full of myself, but I remember thinking Jodie Foster was an 'actress.' Get this: When we weren't filming, she didn't speak English -- ever. She only spoke French -- at 7 years old. The teacher couldn't talk to her, director, etc. She only spoke French. That was one of the only times I didn't think I was the cat's meow. She was amazing. Too bad her career went on to nothing!"
"Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" (1972)What do you get when you mix Charlie Chan, Scooby Doo, and "Josie and the Pussycats"? How about "Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan," a 1970s Hanna Barbera Saturday morning cartoon that featured Jodie Foster in the voice role of feminist tomboy Anne Chan? Still need a refresher on this short-lived cartoon series that lasted for just 16 episodes? Check out a classic clip here.
"Paper Moon" (1974)Tatum O'Neal starred in the film, but it was Jodie Foster who took on the small screen role of Addie in the 1974 TV adaption of "Paper Moon." The series -- starring Foster and Christopher Connelly as the dueling father and daughter duo -- was canceled after just 13 episodes, but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise. Had Foster been tied up with a television series, she may not have had time to star in "Taxi Driver," "Bugsy Malone," or "Freaky Friday" the following year.
"The Simpsons" (2009)"The Simpsons" character baby Maggie doesn't talk much, but when she stops sucking on her pacifier long enough to speak, her words are like poetry. In the 2009 episode "Four Great Women & A Manicure," Jodie Foster channeled the literary works "Macbeth" and "The Fountainhead" via Maggie. By the way, Foster is in good company when it comes to voicing the rarely heard-from tot. In 1992, Elizabeth Taylor also provided the voice of Maggie, uttering one word: "Daddy."
"Frasier" (1996)Dr. Frasier Crane welcomed a steady stream of celerity callers to his radio show -- everyone from Halle Berry to Eddie Van Halen guested on "Frasier" -- but Jodie Foster may have stolen the (radio) show back in 1996, when she played a harried housewife who couldn't find time to have sex with her husband. "If my husband and I don't find some time to have sex soon, I think I'm going to burst. I may even have to go to a department store and pick up a stranger," Foster's character, Marlene, said. Too bad the in-laws stopped by -- unannounced -- before she could get the good doctor's advice.
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