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Charlize Theron born 7 August 1975 is a South African-American actress.

She started her acting career in the United States and rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), becoming 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 (2005). Theron became an American citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship.

Early life Theron was born in Benoni, in the then Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda (who has also called herself Gerta)[1] Martiz[2] and Charles Theron (born 27 November 1947).[2] Her mother is of German descent and her father was of Occitan (French) and Dutch ancestry; Theron is descended from early Huguenot settlers, and Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great uncle.[3] "Theron" is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Thron) pronounced in Afrikaans as "Tronn", although she has said that the way it is pronounced in South Africa is "Thrown". [4] She changed the pronunciation when she moved to the U.S. Although fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.[5][6] She grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg.[7] Her father died on 21 June 1991, after he was shot by Theron's mother. Theron's father, an alcoholic,[7] physically attacked her mother and threatened both women while drunk. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defence and her mother faced no charges.[8] Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein). Those years were a period she characterises as not "fitting in": I wore really nerdy glasses because I was blind as could be and the boys didn't like [me]. ... I didn't have any boyfriends, but lots of crushes. ... I wasn't in the popular crowd. There was a really popular girl at school and I was obsessed with her. ... I was in tears one day because I couldn't sit next to her. ... I actually got a lot of the mean-girl stuff from the ages of 7 to 12. I was pretty much a mess in primary school. But I got that out of my system by the time I got to high school and was more immune to all of that stuff.[9] At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg.[7] [edit] Career Though seeing herself as a dancer,[10] Theron at 16 won a one-year modeling contract[7] at a local competition,[10] and with her mother moved to Milan, Italy.[11] After Theron spent a year modeling throughout Europe, she and her mother moved to New York City and Miami, Florida.[11] In New York, she attended the Joffrey Ballet

School, where she trained as a ballet dancer until a knee injury closed this career path[10] at 19.[12] As Theron recalled in 2008, I went to New York for three days to model, and then I spent a winter in New York in a friend's windowless basement apartment. I was broke, I was taking class at the Joffrey Ballet, and my knees gave out. I realized I couldnt dance anymore, and I went into a major depression. My mom came over from South Africa and said, "Either you figure out what to do next or you come home, because you can sulk in South Africa."[10] Intending now to work in movies, Theron flew to Los Angeles, California, on a oneway ticket her mother bought her.[10] During her early months there, she went to a Hollywood Boulevard bank to cash a cheque her mother had sent her to help with the rent.[13] When the teller refused to cash it, Theron engaged in a shouting match with her.[7] Upon seeing this, talent agent John Crosby,[13] in line behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents and also an acting school.[14][13] She later fired him as her manager after he kept sending her scripts for films similar to Showgirls and Species.[15] After several 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).[7] Her first speaking role was a supporting but significant part in 2 Days in the Valley.[7] Larger roles in widely released Hollywood films followed, and her career expanded in the late 1990s with box-office successes like The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999).[7] She was on the cover of the January 1999 issue of Vanity Fair as the "White Hot Venus".[16]

Theron at the premiere of North Country at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival After appearing in other films, Theron starred as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).[7] Film critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema".[17] For this role, Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004,[18] as well as the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award.[19] She is the first South African to win an Oscar for Best Actress.[20] The Oscar win pushed her to The Hollywood Reporter's 2006 list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood; earning US$10 million for both her subsequent films, North Country and on Flux, she ranked seventh, behind Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Rene Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.[21]

In 2005 Theron portrayed Rita, Michael Bluth's (Jason Bateman) love interest, on the third season of Fox's critically acclaimed television series Arrested Development.[22] She also received Golden Globe and Emmy[23] nominations for her role of Britt Ekland in the 2004 HBO film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. On 30 September, Theron received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[20] In the same year, she starred in the financially unsuccessful science fiction thriller on Flux. She also received the 2005 Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Human Female for her voiceover work in the on Flux video game.[24][25] Theron received Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her lead performance in the drama North Country.[18][19] Ms. magazine also honoured her for this performance with a feature article in its Fall 2005 issue.[26] She was supposed to star in the screen adaption of the short story The Ice at the Bottom of the World by Mark Richard, and it was to be directed by Kimberly Peirce[27] and produced by Theron's company Denver and Delilah Films (Theron's two dog's names). Theron has owned the rights for many years.[28] She was also supposed to star in a movie adaption of the graphic novel Jinx, but both projects have not been produced as of yet.[29]

Theron at the Meteor Awards in 2008 In 2008, Theron was named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year.[30] That year she also starred with Will Smith in the superhero film Hancock, and in late 2008 she was asked to be a UN Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.[31] In October 2009, Theron was cast to star in a sequel to the Mad Max films, titled Mad Max: Fury Road.[32][33] On 4 December 2009, Theron co-presented the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, accompanied by several other celebrities of South African origin. During rehearsals she drew an Ireland ball instead of France as a joke at the expense of FIFA, referring to Thierry Henry's handball controversy in the play off match between France and Ireland.[34][35] The stunt alarmed FIFA enough for it to fear she might do it again in front of a live global audience.[36]

Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film earned critical acclaim especially for Theron's performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and several other high profile awards. Theron plays the Wicked Queen in the film Snow White & the Huntsman, in production in 2011.[37] In 2011, she described her process for becoming the characters in her film: When I'm figuring out a character, for me it's easy, since once I say yes to something, I become super-obsessed about it and I have an obsessive nature in general. How I want to play it starts at that moment. It's a very lonely, internal experience. I think about [the character] all the time I observe things, I see things and file things [in my head], everything geared to what I'm going to do. I'm obsessed with the human condition. You read the script and become obsessed with [a character's] nature, her habits. When the camera rolls, it's time to do my job, to do the honest truth. You can't do that part of the [character-creation] work when you're [in the middle of] making the film. At least I can't.[38] [edit] Personal life Theron lives in the Los Angeles, California, area.[citation needed] From 1997 to 2001, she dated Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins.[39] Theron then began a relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, with whom she starred in Trapped (2002) and Head in the Clouds (2004).[39] Theron and Townsend separated in January 2010 after nearly nine years together.[40] Theron became a naturalised citizen of the United States in May 2007, [41] while retaining her South African citizenship.[42] She signed with William Morris Endeavour in 2009 and is represented by CEO Ari Emanuel.[43] [edit] Health concerns While filming on Flux in Berlin, Germany, Theron suffered a herniated disc in her neck, which occurred as a result of her suffering a fall while filming a series of back handsprings. This required her to wear a neck collar for a month.[44] In July 2009, Theron was diagnosed with a serious stomach virus, thought to be contracted while travelling outside the United States.[45] She was hospitalised at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and she finished convalescing in her own home.[46] When filming The Road, Theron injured her vocal cords during the labor screaming scenes.[47] Filmography Films

Year 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2003 2004

Title The Yards The Legend of Bagger Vance Men of Honor Sweet November The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 15 Minutes Trapped Waking Up in Reno The Italian Job The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Role Erica Stoltz Adele Invergordon Gwen Sunday Sara Deever Laura Kensington Rose Heam Karen Jennings Candy Kirkendall Stella Bridger Britt Ekland

Notes

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance NominatedGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Miniseries or a Movie NominatedScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2004 2005 2005 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2011

Head in the Clouds on Flux on Flux (video game) In the Valley of Elah Sleepwalking Hancock Battle in Seattle The Burning Plain The Road Astro Boy Young Adult

Gilda Bess on Flux on Flux Det. Emily Sanders Joleen Mary Embrey Ella Sylvia Wife Narrator Mavis Gary

Voice

Also producer NominatedSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Stuart Townsend directing NominatedSaturn Award for Best Actress

Palm Springs International Film Festival Vanguard Award for Creative Ensemble Variety's Indie Impact Award Nominated Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Filming Post-Production

2012 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman Prometheus

Queen Ravenna Meredith Vickers

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