Back to School: Child Stars Go to College
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Jodie Foster -- Foster an Intellectual
Jodie Foster started as a child model (most notably for Coppertone), and by age 14 had appeared in some two dozen television series and 10 feature films, including "Taxi Driver," for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Foster graduated as the high school class valedictorian from the private academy Lycée Français in Los Angeles. She then stepped away from the film business long enough to earn a degree from Yale University. People magazine reportedly dubbed it "the most startling movie career decision since Garbo chose exile." Foster graduated in 1985 with a degree in literature, and in 1994 was asked back as a speaker; they later awarded her an honorary doctorate of fine arts.