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Charlize Theron
Also known as:Charlie
Occupation:Producer • Actor • Voice Cast • Executive Producer
Born:August 7, 1975
Birthplace:Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Charlize Theron is the brunette beauty from South Africa, who has made a glorious career in Hollywood, as a movie actress and producer. Some of her highly acclaimed performances have come in films such as The Devil`s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Monster (2003), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Theron has also appeared on television for shows like `Arrested Development`, `Robot and Chicken`. In fact, she was even the co-producer for the pilot TV series `Hatfields & McCoys`. She has also been the producer for films like `The Burning Plain` and `Dark Places`.

Early Life
Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in Benoni, Traansval Province (greater Johannesburg area) of South Africa. Her parents were Charles Jacobus Theron and Gerda Jacoba Aletta. Theron comes from an Afrikaner family, with several descents including German, French, as well as Dutch. Her great-great uncle, Danie Theron, was an Afrikaner military figure (Second Boer War figure). She did a major part of her schooling from the Putfontein Primary School, but, moved on to a boarding school later. Theron continued her studies at the National School of Arts in Johannesburg.

The aspiring dancer at a young age, won a one-year modelling contract which enabled her to move to Milan, Italy and explore Europe for a while. Post completion of the modelling assignment, they moved to USA, where she received training in ballet dancing at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Personal Life
Theron had short term love affairs with actor Craig Bierko and Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. She also had a nine-year long romantic relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, which ultimately ended in 2010. The actress is the mother of two adopted kids- son named Jackson, and daughter named August.

Movie Career
Theron made her acting debut in the 1995 horror movie Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest in which she had a silent-role. The following year, she later appeared in her first spoken role of a hitwoman with the movie 2 Days in the Valley. However, the year 1997 turned out to be a significant one in Theron`s career as she followed up her decent performance in the movie Trial and Error (1997) with a classic portrayal of a schizophrenic woman in the thriller The Devil`s Advocate (1997), alongside stars Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. Theron hasn`t looked back ever since. She continued to climb the success ladder with movies like Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Astronaut`s Wife (1999), and The Cider House Rules (1999). For her performance as Candy Kendall in The Cider House Rules, the actor won the Shooting Star: Female Award at the Bambi Awards.

She had numerous releases in the year 2000 with films like Reindeer Games, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Yards, and Men of Honor. Clearly, she was trending in Hollywood and emerging as one of the leading actresses.

In 2001, Theron reunited with Keanu Reeves in the romantic drama Sweet November in 2001. However, one of her career-best performances was as a serial killer was seen in the 2003 crime drama movie Monster. She got huge critical acclaim with a critic even terming it as `one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema`. She received due accolades in the form of 17 awards, inclusive of the highly regarded Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, etc. for Best Actress.

The success of Monster made Theron one of the highest paid actresses going around in Hollywood at that point in time. In the same year, the actress was part of the heist thriller The Italian Job (2003), alongside Mark Wahlberg. She then appeared in the biographical movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) as Britt Ekland. She delivered another strong performance in the 2005 drama North Country, for which she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

Theron`s 2008 superhero movie Hancock, alongside actor Will Smith, proved to be her highest grosser till 2015. While she did movies like The Burning Plain (2008) and The Road (2009), her next challenging role was seen in the comedy drama Young Adult (2011), opposite Patton Oswalt. She received several award nominations, including the Golden Globe nomination as well.

Theron experimented with the role of the evil queen Ravenna in the 2012 dark fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman. Although the critics praised her performance, the movie received mixed reviews at the box office and heavy criticism for it`s screenplay. She next appeared in the sci-fi flick Prometheus (2012), which fared exceedingly well at the box office. The versatile actress kept changing gears and appeared in a comedy movie A Million Ways to Die in the West in 2014. In 2015, she played the role of a determined rebel soldier in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, alongside Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult. The movie went on to be regarded by many critics as one of the greatest action movies ever made and it also won six Academy Awards.

In 2016, the actress reprised the role of Queen Ravenna in the movie The Huntsman: Winter`s War, a prequel and a sequel to the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. In the same year, she also starred in the movie The Last Face directed by Sean Penn. Her 2017 releases include the movies The Fate of the Furious, The Coldest City, and Tully. Her other releases include The Addams Family (2019), Bombshell (2019), The Old Guard (2020), F9 (2021) and The School for Good and Evil (2022).

TV Career
In 1997, Theron appeared in the television film, Hollywood Confidential, essaying the role of Sally Bowen. Three years later she hosted one of the episodes of Saturday Night Live along with Paul Simon. In subsequent years, she appeared in guest roles in TV series such as Arrested Development, and Robot Chicken. Appearing in five episodes of Arrested Development, the actress won the Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Award at the Online Film and Television Association Awards.

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Did You Know? (10)

  • Charlize Theron had a troubled childhood, she had to deal with her abusive father and to make matters worse she witnessed her mother shooting her father dead when he tried to attack them both. Charlize`s mother did not face any charges since the court ruled that the killing was an act of self-defense.
  • Charlize Theron was spotted and picked by a talent agent and her subsequent manager, John Crosby, when she was seen shouting at the teller while trying to get cash from the Hollywood Boulevard bank.
  • Charlize Theron holds dual citizenship; South African by birth and became a US citizen in 2007.
  • When Theron’s performance in the 2003 flick ‘Monster’ won her the Academy Award for Best Actress, she became the first South African to win Oscars in a major acting category
  • While on the sets of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Charlize Theron accidentally got punched by Will Smith; the actor was showing his boxing skills, which he had learnt during the filming of Muhammad Ali when he accidentally hit her.
  • In 2007, Esquire Magazine voted Charlize Theron as the Sexiest Woman Alive.
  • Charlize Theron was a chain smoker but she eventually quit after undergoing hypnotherapy.
  • Charlize Theron's primary language was Afrikaans and she has admitted that she learnt to speak English by watching soap operas on TV and try to imitate the songs played on the radio.
  • Charlize Theron is an ardent supporter of animal rights and she has appeared in plenty of PETA ads for its anti-fur campaign.
  • Charlize Theron was initially considered for the role of Hela in the movie Thor: Ragnarok. However, the role was eventually given to Cate Blanchett.
  • Personal Quotes (18)

  • "“I've always said that I worry about being with a man who doesn't flirt.”"
  • "“I don't believe in charmed lives. I think that tragedy is part of the lesson you learn to lift yourself up, to pick yourself up and to move on.”"
  • "“As you get older, you get wrinkles and your boobs sag. But you get wisdom, too. So it's not all bad!”"
  • "“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 couldn't dance anymore, and I went into a major depression.”"
  • "You know, I don't think any mother aims to be a single mom. I didn't wish for that, but it happened."
  • "And I do think that earlier in my career, I did make a very conscious decision to make sure that I was doing work that wasn't necessarily given to me, and that people didn't necessarily think that I would be able to do."
  • "Something I learned very early on in my career is that there are a lot of things that you do not have any power over."
  • "If I knew that 3D was going to be such a big deal, I would have gotten that boob job 10 years ago."
  • "When I'm working I don't have room to think about myself and my own issues. It's really freeing. There is no room for me, which is really nice."
  • "Yet there's a hunger in me still. I'm like only beginning. I feel like I still have so much to learn."
  • "I think today women are very scared to celebrate themselves, because then they just get labeled."
  • "You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody's gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better."
  • "I think substitution is a huge part of acting, but I don't personalise my work that much."
  • "I think of myself as a highly sexual creature."
  • "At least I know that one film-maker in my career has had the initiative to come to me and thought of me as being capable of doing interesting and complicated work, and so I have a new-found belief that other film-makers will see me in a different way, the way that Patty did."
  • "I guess because I pay so much attention to the physical part of the character, I don't look upon it as like Charlize Theron up there. I don't think of them as like Charlize Theron films."
  • "I have been working a lot, and I like it. And you know, it's hard for me not to. I guess I've been working a lot because I get to play with brilliant people."
  • ""I have an interest in world politics--how can you not when you live on this Earth? I'm just flabbergasted when people don't give a shit.""
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