Oscar-winning star Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison at an undisclosed location, according to her publicist.

Foster, 51, began her acting career in television commercials at the age of three, but found international fame in 1976 for her Oscar-nominated performance as teenage prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver.

She has since appeared in more than 40 movies, winning best actress Oscars for her role as a rape victim in the 1988 film The Accused and as the FBI agent Clarice Starling in 1991′s The Silence of The Lambs.

The actress also branched out into directing, with projects including Little Man Tate in 1991.

Foster, who came out at last year’s Golden Globes, was previously involved with Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons. Their 20-year relationship ended in 2008.

In her Golden Globes speech, she paid tribute to Bernard, whom she described as her “ex-partner in love”.

Hedison, 44, previously had a relationship with chat show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.