CHARLIZE THERON BIOGRAPHY
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Charlize Theron was born on 7 August 1975. She is a South
African actress and fashion model. 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 the 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 a US
citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, in the then Transvaal
Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda Jacoba
Aletta Maritz (who has also called herself Gerta) and
Charles Jacobus Theron (born 27 November 1947). 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
Charlize Theron grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near
Johannesburg. Her father died on 21 June 1991, after he was
shot by Theron's mother. Theron's father, an alcoholic,
physically attacked her mother and threatened both women
while drunk. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been
self-defense and her mother faced no charges.
Charlize Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool
Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not "fitting
in". At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her
studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg.
Although Theron became fluent in English (which she speaks
with a General American accent) around age nineteen, her
first language is Afrikaans.
Though seeing herself as a dancer, Charlize Theron at 16 won
a one-year modeling contract at a local competition in
Salerno, and with her mother moved to Milan, Italy. After
Theron spent a year modeling throughout Europe, she and her
mother moved to New York City and Miami, Florida. In New
York, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School, where she
trained as a ballet dancer until a knee injury closed this
career path at 19.
Intending now to work in movies, Charlize Theron flew to Los
Angeles, California, on a one-way ticket her mother bought
her. 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. When the teller refused to cash it,
Theron engaged in a shouting match with her. Upon seeing
this, talent agent John Crosby, in line behind her, handed
her his business card and subsequently introduced her to
casting agents and also an acting school. She later fired
him as her manager after he kept sending her scripts for
films similar to Showgirls and Species. 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). Her first speaking role was a supporting but
significant part in 2 Days in the Valley. 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). She was on the cover of the
January 1999 issue of Vanity Fair as the "White Hot Venus".
AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman of
After appearing in other films, Charlize Theron starred as
serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003). Film critic
Roger Ebert called it "one of the greatest performances in
the history of the cinema". For this role, Theron won the
Academy Award for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in
February 2004, as well as the SAG Award and the Golden Globe
Award. She is the first South African to win an Oscar for
Best Actress. 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 Ĉon Flux, she ranked seventh, behind Halle
Berry, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Renée Zellweger, Reese
Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
In 2005 Charlize Theron portrayed Rita, Michael Bluth's
(Jason Bateman) love interest, on the third season of Fox's
critically acclaimed television series Arrested Development.
She also received Golden Globe and Emmy 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. In the same year, she starred in
the financially unsuccessful science fiction thriller Ĉon
Flux. She also received the 2005 Spike Video Game Award for
Best Performance by a Human Female for her voiceover work in
the Ĉon Flux video game.
Charlize Theron received Best Actress Academy Award and
Golden Globe nominations for her lead performance in the
drama North Country. Ms. magazine also honoured her for this
performance with a feature article in its Fall 2005 issue.
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 and produced by
Theron's company Denver and Delilah Films (Theron's two
dog's names). Theron has owned the rights for many years.
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.
In 2008, Charlize Theron was named the Hasty Pudding
Theatricals Woman of the Year. 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.
In October 2009, Charlize Theron was cast to star in a
sequel to the Mad Max films, titled Mad Max: Fury Road.
On 4 December 2009, Charlize 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. The stunt alarmed FIFA enough
for it to fear she might do it again in front of a live
Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Charlize
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.
Charlize Theron plays the Wicked Queen in the film Snow
White & the Huntsman, in production in 2011.
Charlize Theron has a son, Jackson, whose adoption was
announced in March 2012. She lives in Los Angeles,
California. Theron became a naturalised citizen of the
United States in May 2007, while retaining her South African
In the mid-1990s, Charlize Theron had a two-year
relationship with actor Craig Bierko. From 1997 to 2001, she
dated Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. Theron then
began a relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, with
whom she starred in Trapped (2002) and Head in the Clouds
(2004). Theron and Townsend separated in January 2010 after
nearly nine years together.
While filming Ĉon Flux in Berlin, Germany, Charlize 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. In July 2009, Theron was diagnosed with a
serious stomach virus, thought to be contracted while
travelling outside the United States. She was hospitalised
at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and she finished convalescing in
her own home. When filming The Road, Theron injured her
vocal cords during the labor screaming scenes.
Charlize Theron is involved in women's rights organisations,
and has marched in pro-choice rallies.
Charlize Theron also is a supporter of animal rights and
active member of PETA. She appeared in a PETA ad for its
anti-fur campaign. She is a supporter of marriage
equality and attended a march to support that in Fresno,
California, on 30 May 2009.
In July 2009, Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP)
announced a coalition with LAFC Soccer Club to give soccer
fields to rural areas in South Africa. The US youth soccer
club LAFC Chelsea made a three-year commitment to help build
a community-wide soccer program for the schools in the
Umkhanyakude district, encompassing uniforms, equipment,
professional training for local coaches, referees and
administrators, and health education.
In December 2009, CTAOP and TOMS Shoes partnered to create a
limited edition unisex shoe. The shoe was made from vegan
materials and inspired by the African baobab tree, the
silhouette of which was embroidered on blue and orange
canvas. Ten-thousand pairs were given to destitute children,
and a portion of the proceeds went to CTAOP.