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Jodie Foster turns the big 5-0!The Oscar-winning actress celebrates her special day today -- and what a wild life it's been so far.Foster started her career as the Coppertone Girl in a commercial when she was just three, before going on to appear in "Tom Sawyer," "Bugsy Malone" and a number of Disney flicks ... including "One Little Indian" and "Freaky Friday." Her big break came with "Taxi Driver" in 1976 and was nominated for her first Academy Award for her role as 12-year-old prostitute Iris.She'd later win Oscars for her work in "The Accused" and "Silence of the Lambs" and has starred in movies like "Contact," "Nell" and "Panic Room." She'll appear next in "Elysium" with Matt Damon.Foster certainly sets the gold standard for child stars, reaching career heights most only dream of.Check out the gallery above to see how other former kid actors have grown »
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Comedy has lost one of its great innovators -- Firesign Theatre founding member Peter Bergman died Friday, March 9, 2012 due to complications from leukemia. He and his cohorts reinvented comedy with surreal, multi-layered socio-political critiques and wild wordplay. Phil Austin, Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor debuted as the Firesign Theatre in 1966 and became cult heroes by breaking or ignoring boundaries with their surreal, complexly layered material. Their work forms an ongoing critique of modern society, media saturation, and technological alienation, but they are far from overly intellectual, lacing their routines with crazy puns, twisted pop-culture references, and warped -- or invented -- folk sayings and catchphrases. To appreciate their Dadaist comedy requires a long attention span, willingness to follow free associations, and attention to detail.
The prolific quartet dissolved in the '80s, though a 1985 album reunited three members. Proctor and Bergman also worked as a duo for a while. »
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