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Name: Charlize Theron

Birth date: 7 of August 1975 (44 y.o.)

Place of birth: Benoni, South Africa

Height: 178 cm Weight: 55 kg

Birth Sign: Leo

Chinese zodiac: Rabbit

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Charlize Theron biography

Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress, model and film producer and a recipient of multiple awards and accolades including the prestigious Golden Globe and Academy Award for her role in Monster.
Charlize Theron, the most famous blonde in Hollywood
Charlize Theron, the most famous blonde in Hollywood

Childhood and early life

Charlize Theron was born on August 7m 1975 in Benoni, South Africa. Her parents, Gerda (nee Maritz) and Charles Jacob Theron, owned a farm and a construction firm.
Even at the very young age Charlize was a blonde angel
Even at the very young age Charlize was a blonde angel
She spent all her childhood around family farm in Benoni, enjoying the great outdoors; her best friend at the time was a goat named Bok.
Little Charlize with her parents
Little Charlize with her parents
Theron attended primary school in Johannesburg. Her parents employed members of surrounding tribes to do manual work around the farm; being around such diverse community, girl managed to learn 26 local African dialects. Along with her native Afrikaans, Charlize was quite fluent in English, that she learned watching TV shows, although she had a distinct accent.
Charlize Theron speaks Afrikaans
In 1981, when young Charlize was just about 6 years old, parents enrolled her in ballet class; in 1988 parents send her to the boarding school at the National School of the Arts.
Charlize Theron childhood photos depicting her carefree tears at the family farm
Charlize Theron childhood photos depicting her carefree tears at the family farm
In 1990 Theron family was struck by horrible tragedy: her father was abusive alcoholic and threatened lives of his wife and daughter, forcing Charlize mother to shot and kill him. During the investigation, her actions were adjudged as self-defense and no charges were pursued.

Start of modeling career

In her 16 Charlize, following her mother’s advice, took part in local modeling competition in Salerno and eventually won it. Theron continued her winning streak, securing first place in another competition in Italian city Positano.
Young model Charlize Theron conquered many fashion magazines front pages
Young model Charlize Theron conquered many fashion magazines front pages
After her triumph, girl secured a one-year modeling contract in Milan and spent whole next year travelling around throughout Europe with her mother. After the contract run out she ventured to New York City and decided to settle there.

Young Charlize dreamed about becoming a ballet dancer and enrolled into Joffrey Ballet School, working as a model in her spare time. However, she had to reconcile her career choice; in her 19 she injured her knees and had to look out for another job opportunities. I realized I couldn't 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 – actress remembers.
The world probably wouldn’t even know about Charlize Theron as an actress if not for the knees injury
The world probably wouldn’t even know about Charlize Theron as an actress if not for the knees injury
However Charlize decided not to return home, moving to Miami instead and looking to continue her modeling career. Her mother advised her to move to Hollywood instead and girl complied and flew to Los Angeles. Theron severely struggled financially and lived in cheap hotel skipping meals to make ends meet.
Young Charlize Theron
Young Charlize Theron
Charlize live drastically changed in 1996 when she went to bank to cash out 500$ check her mother send her. Cashier refused to issue cash that came from South Africa and Theron, desperate for money, threw a tantrum. John Crosby, famous Hollywood talent agent, noticed her and handed her his business card. Few days after Crosby introduced her to casting agents and took her to acting school to get rid of South African accent.

Start of movie career

Eight months after her moving to Los Angeles she finally managed to score her first role, even if with no lines. She appeared in 3 second episode in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. Later on, she was cast in pilot episode of Hollywood Confidential, but series were considered a failure and ultimately canceled.
A clip from Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
2 Days in the Valley by John Herzfeld is considered to be the Charlize Theron first real movie; she portrayed a girlfriend of one of the main characters. Later on up-and-coming actress secured another supporting role in Tom Hanks film The Thing You Do!. Ironically, in her childhood Charlize fell in love with Hanks, while watching him in Splash.
Charlize Theron and Tom Hanks
Charlize Theron and Tom Hanks
Young actress made her breakout in 1997 horror drama The Devil’s Advocate. It was an incredibly important role for the career of the actress and pushed her to the limits both physically and financially since she had to spent her own money to travel to New York City for an audition and casting. But the most important was the fact that she had an opportunity to join such established actors as Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.
Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves
Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves
Her next role in Woody Allen’s Celebrity movie also challenged her acting abilities. Theron represented a supermodel, suffering from a rare deviation – ability to experience orgasm from the simple touch.
Charlize Theron in Celebrity
Charlize Theron in Celebrity
Right after that she appeared in Mighty Joe Young produced by Walt Disney studio. Movie bombed at the box office but critics universally praised Charlize, claiming that she was the sole reason this movie was even remotely watchable.
Charlize Theron’s performance was able to elevate any movie, no matter how bad it was
Charlize Theron’s performance was able to elevate any movie, no matter how bad it was
In 1999 Theron appeared in The Astronaut’s Wife along with Johnny Depp. She continued the streak with such movies as: Lasse Hallström’s The Sider House Rules, where she paired up with Tobey Maguire, Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck, The yards with Mark Wahlberg, Men of Honor with Robert De Niro, The Legend of Bagger Vance with Will Smith and romantic drama Sweet November once again joining Keanu Reeves on the set.
A shot from Reindeer Games
A shot from Reindeer Games
Even though Sweet November received pretty favorable reviews from critics, Charlize was honored with Golden Raspberry Award in Worst Actress nomination.
Charlize Theron’s highlights in Sweet November

Worldwide recognition

In 2003 Charlize Theron was cast to star in crime drama Monster, based on a real story; she had to portray infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos. In order to master the character, young actress thoroughly studied Aileen’s personal files and criminal case, gained 30 pounds (14 kg), started to wear contact lenses to make her eyes look dull and faded, shaved her eyebrows, and let the makeup artist to transform herself into entirely different person.
For her role in Monster Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds
For her role in Monster Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds
In 2004 Monster secured multiple prestigious awards and brought Charlize Academy Award, Golden Globe as well as Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2005 for her outstanding performance, Theron received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A year later she was named to be the highest paid actress in Hollywood by Forbes.
Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos
Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos
After securing a heap of awards, Charlize appeared in praise by critics Arrested Development series, North Country and Æon Flux. During the filming of the latter, actress had a falling accident resulted in her suffering the herniated disc in her neck, which led to two year hiatus in acting career. Even though she was able to quickly recover from the injury, she admitted that the trauma bothered her for 8 more years after.
Femme Fatale Æon Flux
Femme Fatale Æon Flux
In 2008 Charlize starred in superhero blockbuster Hancock accompanying Will Smith; star duo performance led to movie grossing over 600 million dollars worldwide.

In 2012 Theron once again was able to showcase her versatility, mantling a dark image of Quinn Ravenna in American fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman. Her character is opposed by charming Snow White portrayed by Kristen Stewart and brave Eric the Huntsman Chris Hemsworth.
Charlize Theron as Dark Quinn Ravenna
Charlize Theron as Dark Quinn Ravenna
Along with her acting career, Charlize continued to work as world class model and appeared on multiple fashion shows by John Galliano and marketing campaigns of such brands as Dior, Raymond Weil and Uniqlo.
Charlize Theron in J'adore by Dior TV commercial
In 2015 world witnessed the fourth installment post-apocalypse action franchise Mad Max. Filled with incredible special effects, godlike post-production and pure adrenaline action, Mad Max: Fury Road gave an actress a unique opportunity to completely reinvent herself as a professional. She appeared on a screen in drastically different image - as furious and masculine warrior Imperator Furiosa, joining forces with main protagonist of the movie Max, portrayed by Tom Hardy.
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
In 2016 Charlize once again appeared on a big screen as a Quinn Ravenna in a sequel of Snow White and the Huntsman. At the same time, actress was quite busy working on her appearance in Sean Penn’s drama movie the Last Face, accompanied by Javier Bardem. Movie was based around the life of an activist and director of Doctors of the World organization, on a humanitarian mission in Africa; this topic was especially important for an actress.
Charlize Theron is not afraid to look silly
Charlize Theron is not afraid to look silly

Personal life

In 1997 Charlize was in a strong relationship with Stephan Jenkins, frontman of Third Eye Blind band; however they decided to break up after nearly five years of living together.
Charlize Theron and Stephan Jenkins
Charlize Theron and Stephan Jenkins
In 2002, during the filming of Trapped, actress fell in love with a fellow actor Stuart Townsend. Their couple was considered the most relentless and stable in Hollywood, but even that wasn’t enough to save the relationship. They announced their separation in 2010. According to the friends of a couple, they became more like a sister and a brother rather than lovers; that’s exactly why Theron pushed to end the relationship.
The relationship between Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend lasted for 8 years
The relationship between Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend lasted for 8 years
In 2014 Charlize had a short lived affair with Sean Penn; the couple even got engaged, but ultimately actors announced their break up in June 2015.
Charlize Theron with Sean Penn and her son Jackson
Charlize Theron with Sean Penn and her son Jackson
Actress never had to have her own children, however in 2012 she adopted a boy, and, after falling out with Sean Penn, followed it up with adopting a girl named Augusta in 2015.
Charlize Theron and her daughter Augusta
Charlize Theron and her daughter Augusta
Charlize Theron, along with her astounding acting career, has always supported social movements and considered herself an activist. She is an ardent feminist, fighting for women rights and liberties across the world, a member of PETA and supporter of animal rights. Charlize is a supporter of same-sex marriage legalization.
It’s hard to believe that actress celebrated her 40 years in 2015
It’s hard to believe that actress celebrated her 40 years in 2015

Charlize Theron now

In 2017 Charlize Theron appeared in blockbuster thriller Atomic Blonde; 2018 has brought us two more movies starring a renowned actress. First one, black comedy movie Tully, tell us a story of exhausted and tired mother of two and pregnant with third child, forced her husband to hire a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis). It’s incredibly hard to recognize Charlize Theron in main movie’s protagonist, overweight and drained of life. According to actress, she had to gain nearly 50 pounds for this role; it was a real challenge, since Charlize prefers healthy rationing. Having to eat junk food to get excessive weight reflected not only on her physical health, but mental as well – she constantly felt herself depressed.
Charlize Theron had to gain nearly 50 pounds for her role in Tully
Charlize Theron had to gain nearly 50 pounds for her role in Tully
Second Charlize appearance in 2018 happened in crime comedy Gringo, where she was accompanied by Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried. Aside from that, actress voiced over the Morticia Addams in animated comedy film ‘The Addams Family (2019) and signed a contract to appear in yet unnamed Atomic Blonde sequel.
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