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Charlize Theron

The US Trends | Charlize Theron | Charlize Theron is an actress, film producer and former fashion model. SHe rose to fame in late 1990 after her role in 2 Days in the Valley, Mighty Joe Young, The Devil's Advocate and Cider House Rules. Charlize Theron received critical acclaim and an Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos is the monster movie, where she became the first African to win an Oscar in a major category of acting. Theron received her second Oscar nomination for her performance in North Country.

Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975 in rural Benoni, South Africa, so that shareholders and the companies building roads, Charles and Gerda. Afrikaans-speaking family lived on a working farm outside of Johannesburg, and although Theron affairs of childhood with a tendency to herd, showed her passion for dance at an early age.
In order to promote the artistic tendencies, Theron began dance lessons at age six. Her parents encouraged her budding talent, and at the age of 12 years, was sent to boarding school in Johannesburg to study dance.

Charlize Theron

The Theron was an unhappy family, and Charles struggled with alcoholism, became physical. In 1991, when Theron was 15, his father violently attacked her and her mother. Gerda Theron seemed fired the murder of Carlos was seen as an act of self defense, and Gerda was never charged with a crime. Following the death, Gerda became the owner of the company, and Theron made up the story long ago that his father had been the victim of an automobile accident.

At 16, Charlize Theron entered a Johannesburg modeling contest, which she won. She soon traveled to Italy, where she won the International New Model Today competition, and began a modeling career in earnest. After traveling to New York at the age of 18, she left high fashion to attempt a career in dance. Her studies with the Joffrey Ballet were curtailed by severe knee injuries, forcing her to abandon her first calling.

Charlize Theron decided to pursue acting instead, and moved to Los Angeles. She soon found, however, that her Afrikaner accent was a barrier in landing speaking roles. Watching hours of television, she strove to hide her South African roots with perfect American inflections.

In 1994, a destitute Charlize Theron argued with a bank teller, who refused to allow her to pull funds from a South African account. Theron's subsequent fit earned the attention of a fellow bank patron John Crosby, a Hollywood manager who represented talent including John Hurt and Rene Russo. He immediately offered to sign Theron and, within months, she made her acting debut in a small role in Children of the Corn III (1995). Soon after, larger parts followed in 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996).

As Charlize Theron became more of a Hollywood presence, she was cast alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil's Advocate (1997). Her turn as Reeves' suicidal wife earned her another brief but memorable part in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), and a starring role in Disney's remake of Mighty Joe Young (1998).

Charlize Theron

In 1999, Theron landed a string of roles in notable films, including The Astronaut's Wife opposite Johnny Depp, and The Cider House Rules with Tobey Maguire. In 2001, she reteamed with Reeves for the tearjerker Sweet November, and two years later she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the heist thriller The Italian Job (2003). However, her performance in 2003's Monster—a biopic about serial killer Aileen Wuornos—earned her widespread respect. Charlize Theron gained close to 40 pounds for the role, and her gritty, gripping performance won her both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

After her turn as Britt Ekland in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Charlize Theron took on another strong drama, starring in 2005's North Country with Sissy Spacek and Frances McDormand. Her portrayal of a coal miner fighting sexual harassment in the work place earned her nominations at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. The same year, she starred in the big-screen adaptation of the MTV cult cartoon Aeon Flux, and made multiple guest appearances on the award-winning television comedy, Arrested Development.

With several other films under her belt, Charlize Theron returned to the superhero genre in 2008's Hancock with co-star Will Smith. In 2009, she will appear in the film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

Charlize Theron

In addition to her movie roles, Charlize Theron is also a philanthropist and social activist. In 2008 she was honored by the United Nations when she became the tenth of the messenger of the Organization of Peace.

Theron now lives in Los Angeles with her longtime companion, actor Stuart Townsend. Although the couple to recognize their union as marriage, Charlize Theron and Townsend say they will not marry until same-sex couples are able to have their relationships legally recognized.