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Charlize Theron Biography, Wiki

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Charlize Theron Biography

Charlize Theron is a South African Actress, whose most distinction feature in her profile is that she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in ‘Monster’. She has a versatile biography with roles ranging from comedy to hard-hitting cinema in her filmography.
Biography: Personal Life

Charlize Theron was born on Aug. 7, 1975, and raised on a farm outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her mother is of German descent and her father was of Occitan (French) and Dutch ancestry. When she was 12, Theron left home to attend an arts-oriented private school ‘National School of the Arts’ in Johannesburg where she joined the rigorous dance training program. While home on a school break during 1991, Theron’s parents erupted into a domestic dispute that ended in gunfire and the death of Theron’s father. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and her mother faced no charges.

Though seeing herself as a dancer, Theron at 16 won a one-year modeling contract at a local competition, and with her mother moved to Milan, Italy. She was spotted by John Crosby subsequently introduced her to casting agents and also an acting school. Her first foray into films was a non-speaking role in the direct-to-video film Children of the Corn III.


Year Title Role
1995 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Young Woman
1996 2 Days in the Valley Helga Svelgen
1996 That Thing You Do! Tina Powers
1997 Hollywood Confidential Sally
1997 Trial and Error Billie Tyler
1997 The Devil’s Advocate Mary Ann Lomax
1998 Celebrity Supermodel
1998 Mighty Joe Young Jill Young
1999 The Astronaut’s Wife Jillian Armacost
1999 The Cider House Rules Candy Kendall
2000 Reindeer Games Ashley Mercer
2000 The Yards Erica Stoltz
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Adele Invergordon
2000 Men of Honor Gwen Sunday
2001 Sweet November Sara Deever
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Laura Kensington
2001 15 Minutes Rose Heam
2002 Trapped Karen Jennings
2002 Waking Up in Reno Candy Kirkendall
2003 The Italian Job Stella Bridger
2003 Monster Aileen Wuornos
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Britt Ekland
2004 Head in the Clouds Gilda Bessé
2005 North Country Josey Aimes
2005 Eon Flux Eon Flux
2005 Eon Flux (video game) Eon Flux
2007 In the Valley of Elah Det. Emily Sanders
2008 Sleepwalking Joleen
2008 Hancock Mary Embrey
2008 Battle in Seattle Ella
2009 The Burning Plain Sylvia
2009 The Road Wife
2009 Astro Boy Narrator
2011 Young Adult Mavis Gary
2012 Snow White & the Huntsman Queen Aavenna
2012 Prometheus Meredith Vickers



Theron got nominations for the Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe for her lead performance in ‘North Country’. In 2008, Theron got named as the ‘Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year. That year she also starred with Will Smith in the superhero film Hancock. She is actively involved in women’s rights organizations. Another achievement which was out of her normal profile was when in 2008 was that she was asked to be a UN Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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