Biography of Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is a South African actress, film producer,
and former fashion model. She became an American citizen in 2007.
She rose to fame in the late 1990s following her roles in 2 Days in the Valley,
Mighty Joe Young, The Devil's Advocate, and The Cider House Rules. She received
critical acclaim and an Academy Award for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen
Wuornos in the film Monster, for which she became the first African to win an
Academy Award in a major acting category. She received another Academy Award
nomination for her performance in North Country.
At the age of 16, Theron traveled to Milan, Italy, on a one-year modeling contract,
after winning a local competition. She went to New York with Pauline's Model Management.
She decided to remain after her contract ended, attending the Joffrey Ballet School,
where she trained as a ballet dancer. A knee injury closed this career path when
Theron was 19.
Unable to dance, Theron flew to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket her mother
bought her. During her early months there, she went to a bank to cash a check
her mother had sent her to help with the rent. When the teller refused to cash
it, Theron immediately started into a shouting match with her. Afterwards, a
talent agent in line behind her handed her his business card and subsequently
introduced her to some casting agents and also an acting school. She later fired
him as her manager after he allegedly kept sending her scripts for films similar
to Showgirls and Species. After eight months in the city, she was cast in her
first film part, a non-speaking role in the direct-to-video film Children of
the Corn III (1995). Larger roles in widely released Hollywood films followed,
and her career skyrocketed in the late 1990s with box office successes like
The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules
(1999). She glossed the cover of the January 1999 issue of Vanity Fair as the
"White Hot Venus". Theron appeared on the cover of the May
1999 edition of Playboy Magazine with an accompanying nude pictorial by
photographer Guido Argentini taken at a time when she was but an aspiring model.
Theron later claimed that the photographs had not been intended for publication
and had appeared in the magazine against her wishes. She sued the photographer
and won the case.
Full name: Charlize Theron
Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa