Born in Los Angeles, California, on 19 November 1962, Jodie was a gifted child, who began reading at three and famously went on to study literature at Yale. It was there that John W. Hinckley, Jr. began stalking her, before attempting to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in a crazed plan to impress her. Hinckley had become obsesses with Jodie after watching her breakthrough appearance as a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese's 1976 movie classic Taxi Driver. She had already received plenty of success before then, modelling from the age of 3 and acting since she was five in hits like Bugsy Malone and Freaky Friday.
Plenty more headlining roles have followed in the decades since in movies such as Contact, Sommersby, Maverick, Anna And The King, Panic Room, Flightplan and Elysium. Jodie also set up her own production company and has directed a number of movies, such as Little Man Tate and The Beaver. In recent years, she has come out as one of Hollywood's most high profile lesbians. After a long-time relationship with film producer Cydney Bernard broke down, Jodie married photographer Alexandra Hedison in 2014.