Throughout her 90 years on this earth, Evelyn “Brandy” Foster was a big band singer, a Hollywood publicist and an entertainment manager. But the job she seemed to love the most was the job of ‘mom’ to her four children.
And yes, one of those children was actress Jodie Foster.
“Evelyn was without a doubt the strongest person her family has ever met, a champion, a fighter, full of fire and love,” reads a statement from the family regarding the passing of Evelyn on May 13. “No one could beat her style, all five feet tall with naturally ‘cork screw’ hair. Her family will remember those dimple smiles and big hugs and well placed four letter words. No one messed with Nana, an original like no other. May she live in all of us forever.”
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According to People magazine, Evelyn passed away at her Los Angeles home from complications from dementia. There will be no public services, with the family choosing to honor her passing privately.
But there is something sweet you can do in her memory.
In lieu of flowers, the Foster family “suggest you look up at the sky, open your arms and say her name. She would get a kick out of that.”
Jodi honored her mother in 2013 at the Golden Globe awards when she accepted the Cecille B. DeMille award.
“This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother Eveylyn. Mom, I know your inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight but this is the only important one to take in. I love you, I love you, I love you. And I hope that if I say this three times it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. You’re a good mom. Please take that with you when you’re finally okay to go.”