Foster was born November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest of four children born to Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (née Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster II. Her father, a decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel turned real estate broker, came from a wealthy background and left his wife before Jodie was born.

Evelyn supported Jodie by working as a film producer. Jodie has an older brother, "Buddy", who was also a child actor, and two older sisters, Lucinda and Constance.

Jodie Foster's Family Tree