Celebs rally behind Jodie Foster's 'coming out'

Stars including Rosie O'Donnell and Richard Dreyfuss show support for the actor on Twitter

US celebrities and fellow actors have rallied behind Jodie Foster after her impassioned speech at the Golden Globe awards last night.

Foster, who picked up the Cecil B DeMille award for her outstanding contribution to entertainment and is notoriously protective of her private life, talked of 'coming out' for the first time in public.

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Foster...overwhelmed with support after 'coming out' (Copyright: Rex)

Friends and colleagues then waded in on Twitter offering messages of support and respect for the move.

“Jodie Foster - rather amazing speech... made me tear up - bravo Jodie (sic),” wrote talk show hos Rosie O'Donnell, also an out lesbian.

Ricky Martin, who came out in 2010, wrote: “Jody Foster. On your terms. Its your time! Not before nor after. Its when it feels right! (sic).”

'Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson said: “Jodie Foster. You are perfection. I love you,” while 'Glee' actress Kristin Chenoweth added: “im bawling. Jodie foster killed me. Wonderful (sic).”

Actor Richard Dreyfuss was also wildly complimentary about Foster, posting: “Jodie Foster is one of the most amazing actresses of all time. More than that she's one of the most amazing people.”

Foster spoke of having been out for 'a thousand years' to her friends and family.

She also paid tribute to her former partner Cydney Bernard in the speech, with whom she raises children Charlie, 14, and Kit, 11.