Cydney Bernard, left, with Jodie Foster in 1999 (Photo: Wenn Photos via Newscom/File)
As Jodie Foster accepted her Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film at Sunday night's Golden Globes show, she stunned the crowd with a verbose, revealing speech about both her sexuality and her desire for privacy.
In a fake-out moment, while everyone held their breath as it seemed Foster was going to officially come out of the closet, the 50-year-old actress-director proclaimed, "I'm single!" Foster later made special mention of her ex, film producer Cydney Bernard, calling her a "co-parent and ex-partner in love." (See the full transcript.)
Mentioned very little in the press, here are five things to know about the woman Foster mentioned in her speech:
1) Foster met Bernard in 1992 on the set of the film "Sommersby." The two began dating seriously. Bernard was a production coordinator on the film and Foster, who appeared onscreen with Richard Gere, was the star. The two reportedly broke up in 2008.
2) The 2013 Globes is not the first venue in which Foster has paid tribute to Bernard. Foster sang her praises at an annual Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast in 2007 when she won the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, saying "...my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."
3) When they were together, Bernard and Foster were reported to have worn matching Tiffany eternity rings on their wedding fingers.
4) Bernard's producing credits include two television movies, "Ratz" (2000) and "A Girl Thing" (2001), and one feature film, "Spinning Boris" (2003), starring Jeff Goldblum and Liev Schreiber.
5) The two are co-parents, raising their sons Kit and Charles -- whose last names are, fittingly, Bernard Foster.
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