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Charlize Theron (7.8.1975)
Charlize Theron is an Academy Award winning actress from South Africa. She became an American citizen in 2007.

Childhood: Charlize Theron was born to Gerda and Charles Theron, in Benoni, South Africa. She is of French and German descent. Charlize's first language is Afrikaans but also speaks English and some Zulu.

Theron was raised on her parents' farm near Johannesburg and she attended Putfontein Primary School. At 13 years old, she was sent to boarding school, where she began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Two years later, Charlize would witness the death of her father. He was an abusive alcoholic and Gerda shot him in self-defence when he tried to attack her. No charges were brought against Gerda.

When she was 16, Charlize Theron travelled to Milan, Italy to complete a one-year modeling contract that she had won in a local competition. When the year was up, she moved to New York and signed to Pauline's Model Management. Whilst in New York, Theron attended the Joffrey Ballet School, though her dancing career was scuppered when she injured her knee at the age of 19.

Charlize Theron then moved to Los Angeles, where her path into acting took an unusual course. When a bank teller refused to cash a cheque that her mother had sent her, Charlize entered into a shouting match with the teller. A talent agent happened to be in the queue behind her at the bank, and handed her a business card.

The agent briefly worked as her manager but she soon fired him, as he was sending her scripts for films similar to Showgirls and Species. It was eight months into her stay in Los Angeles before she got her first film role. It was a non-speaking part in Children of the Corn III, which went straight to video.

However, more significant roles soon followed. In 1997, she appeared in Devil's Advocate, alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino and the following year, she starred in Mighty Joe Young opposite Bill Paxton.

In 1999, Charlize Theron earned her first taste of Academy Award success when she appeared in the award-winning film The Cider House Rules. Although Theron herself was not nominated, the film was nominated for Best Picture (among other awards) and Michael Caine won Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film also starred Erykah Badu, Tobey Maguire and Paul Rudd. Later that year, Vanity Fair magazine put Charlize Theron on the cover, dubbing her the 'White Hot Venus'.

In 2002, she worked alongside Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Fanning in Trapped.

A pivotal moment in Charlize Theron's career came in 2003 when she played Aileen Wuornos in Monster, based on the true story of a serial killer. In the film, Christina Ricci plays her lover. Theron won the Best Actress Oscar at the 76th Academy Awards, becoming the first African to win an Oscar. The win catapulted her Hollywood status and as a consequence, she earned $10 million for her next two films, North Country (with Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson) and Aeon Flux (a science fiction action film starring Sophie Okonedo and Jonny Lee Miller). She joined the ranks of Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore as one of the highest paid actresses in the US film industry.

In September 2005, Charlize Theron was granted her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the third series of the acclaimed comedy show Arrested Development, Charlize Theron played the role of Rita, Michael Bluth's (Jason Bateman) love interest. The series also starred Portia de Rossi and Michael Cera.

Charlize Theron received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her role as Britt Ekland in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. The title role was played by Geoffrey Rush.

2008 saw Theron star alongside Will Smith in Hancock, which grossed almost $400 million across the world. Later that year, she was asked by Ban Ki-Moon to become a UN Messenger of Peace. It was also reported that Charlize Theron would star alongside Nicole Kidman in The Danish Girl, the story of the first known person to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

Personal Life: Charlize Theron lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Stuart Townsend.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Charlize Theron - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 20th May 2016

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Exes Charlize Theron And Sean Penn Have Mega-Awkward Cannes Reunion


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Seeing your ex again is always awkward, but Hollywood stars Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were forced to reunite publicly on Friday (May 20th) to promote joint film The Last Face in Cannes. What made the situation even more uncomfortable was that the couple were said to have ended their relationship last year, straight after their appearance at the annual film festival.

Charlize Theron Sean PennKeeping their distance: Theron and Penn at Cannes.

Theron and Penn posed together at the film’s photocall on Friday, but managed to keep their distance from each other, making sure that actors Javier Bardem and Adele Exarchopoulos were between them at all times.

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Charlize Theron - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 20th May 2016

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Charlize Theron - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' Premiere at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 20th May 2016

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Charlize Theron And Sean Penn Keep Their Distance In Cannes


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Almost a year on from their last appearance as a couple on the red carpet at the famed film festival, the couple who split after 18 months together, attended a photocall to promote Sean's directorial effort.

The pair posed with members of the cast firmly between them, and avoided sitting near each other at the following press conference.

Their appearance comes after Charlize reportedly 'ghosted' or cut contact with Sean after last year's Cannes Film Festival (15). And relations still seemed pretty chilly as star and director were reunited in front of the world's media.

Continue reading: Charlize Theron And Sean Penn Keep Their Distance In Cannes

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Charlize Theron , Javier Bardem - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' -Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 20th May 2016

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69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' - Photocall

Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos , Sean Penn - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'The Last Face' - Photocall at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Friday 20th May 2016

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Jean Reno, Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos, Sean Penn and Zubin Cooper
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Robin Wright Demanded Same Salary As Kevin Spacey


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The 50-year-old actress is the latest star to tackle the gender pay gap in Hollywood. As she addressed the Rockefeller Foundation in an event on Tuesday night (17May16), Robin opened up about the differences in her salary when compared to Kevin.

"It was the perfect paradigm," she told the audience, according to The Huffington Post. "There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin.' "

The pair play Claire and Frank Underwood in the hit Netflix political drama. And it was the popularity of her on-screen alter ego that was Robin's trump card in her salary negotiations.

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Sean Penn: 'Cannes Is Make Or Break For New Movie'


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The American actor has turned director once again for The Last Face, which stars his ex-fiancee Charlize Theron as a charity director who together with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) faces a humanitarianism issue in Africa. It's in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at Cannes (11-22May16), putting a lot of pressure on Sean.

“I’ve got an ‘everything is riding on it’ deal going to Cannes this year,” he told the Financial Times. “I think (the movie) will disappear if it gets a poor reaction and I think that would be a terrible shame because it’s very relevant now and the performances are transcendent... I’ve given it all I’ve got.”

Sean himself is no stranger to success, having scooped two Oscars for Mystic River and Milk. However, he now feels Hollywood has become a business only concerned with “supplying stimulus and comfort”, and that the balance between sales and art is all out of place.

Continue reading: Sean Penn: 'Cannes Is Make Or Break For New Movie'

Charlize Theron Belched In Emily Blunt's Face


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The 40-year-old actress stars as Ravenna in the fantasy movie, with Emily taking on the role of her sister Queen Freya. The pair donned some incredible ensembles for the film, but the costumes had an unfortunate effect on Charlize in one particular scene.

"This one (Charlize) had to glide towards me during a really intense scene and she went, ‘This is my kingdom, my dominion, (burp).’ It was like the longest burp ever!" Emily laughed during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday night (21Apr16). "In the face. It was so funny to me that I could no longer do the scene."

"It was like a throat gurgle," Charlize added. "The problem is you can’t adjust (in the dress). It’s just impossible to digest anything so it just kind of gets stuck. And I tend to eat my food after my close up is done, so I don’t really care about the other actors. It’s usually when I have a tuna and onion sandwich and I’m like (exhale)."

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Charlize Theron Wants To Inspire Women To Fight For Equal Pay


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The Oscar winner took action after the Sony Pictures hacking scandal in 2014 revealed leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid significantly less than their male co-stars on American Hustle.

At the time, Charlize had signed on to reprise her role as Evil Queen Ravenna in a prequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, and last year (15), it was revealed she had decided to address the gender pay gap herself by asking studio bosses at Universal Pictures to bring her salary in line with that of her male counterpart, Chris Hemsworth.

The new deal was reportedly worth $10 million (£7 million), and Charlize insists all she wanted was for film executives to treat their lead actors as equals.

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Charlize Theron And Tobey Maguire Clashed On The Cider House Rules


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The Monster star recently revealed that she struggled to work with Tom Hardy on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road, and it appears Tom follows in the footsteps of Tobey, who played her lover in the 1999 drama.

Charlize found the whole process of the shooting the movie difficult and less enjoyable than others, for a number of reasons, including a troublesome few days where she couldn't get along with Tobey.

“Tobey and I had a bit of a rough time, yeah," she tells V Magazine. "I mean, we’re good now. It was a difficult movie... Every day is completely different for a completely different reason. Whether it’s the weather, or the writing isn’t there, or you don’t get along with your castmate, you have to be able to go to something else that’s just as powerful.

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The Huntsman Costume Expert: 'Chris Hemsworth Would Have Looked Silly Shirtless'


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The style queen, who had the enviable task of dressing Hemsworth and his The Huntsman: Winter's War co-stars Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, admits she was shocked when film fans started taking issue with the lack of shirtless scenes featuring Chris.

The three-time Oscar winner insists the Australian hunk kept his clothes on for much of the movie because he's supposed to be battling evil in a permanently frozen land.

Asked why 32-year-old Chris is so covered up in the movie Atwood says, "There are those that wish he weren't, but in general he is. It would have been silly for him to have his shirt off running around in the northern woods and what not."

Continue reading: The Huntsman Costume Expert: 'Chris Hemsworth Would Have Looked Silly Shirtless'

Charlize Theron Says Son Jackson Has A Crush On Co-Star Emily Blunt


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Actress Charlize Theron has said her four-year-old son, Jackson, developed a crush on her The Huntsman: Winter’s War co-star Emily Blunt, while spending time on set during filming. The two stars play rival sisters in the film, which serves as a a prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron’s son had a crush on Emily Blunt during the The Huntsman: Winter’s War filming.

“My son is in love with her,” Theron told Extra TV. "He thinks she’s, like, the most beautiful princess ever. Yeah, it’s crazy. I didn’t even exist, he was just like, ‘Ahhh, she’s a princess.’ I’m like, ‘I’m a queen.’”

Continue reading: Charlize Theron Says Son Jackson Has A Crush On Co-Star Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt And Charlize Theron Stunned By Jessica Chastain's All-action Talents


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Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, who play evil sisters in the fantasy film, had to totter around in uncomfortable high heels and heavy gowns, while Jessica became a stunt superstar.

And The Help star's willingness to take on tough challenges made them feel terrible after grumbling about poor shoe choices and heavy gowns.

"Charlize and I spent our time hobbling around in high heels going, 'My feet hurt!' That was the extent of our action," Emily, who was an action woman in Sicario and Edge of Tomorrow, told WENN. "Jessica would come into the makeup bus just pouring with sweat from something some awful stunt coordinator had made her do."

Continue reading: Emily Blunt And Charlize Theron Stunned By Jessica Chastain's All-action Talents

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Charlize Theron

Date of birth

7th August, 1975

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.77






Charlize Theron Movies

Kubo And The Two Strings Trailer

Kubo And The Two Strings Trailer

Kubo is a young boy who lives with his mother. Kubo has always been influences...

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

The Huntsman: Winter's War Movie Review

Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy...

The Huntsman: Winter's War Trailer

The Huntsman: Winter's War Trailer

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?' is a line from...

The Huntsman Winters War Trailer

The Huntsman Winters War Trailer

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought to have been killed by Snow White,...

Dark Places - Clips Trailer

Dark Places - Clips Trailer

Libby Day is a fragile and unemployed woman struggling to get away from the demons...

Dark Places Trailer

Dark Places Trailer

Libby Day is a young woman, still permanently scarred from the events of her childhood....

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Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Review

Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Review

Leave it to a veteran to show the young sparks how to do it: it's...

Mad Max: Fury Road - Final Trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road - Final Trailer

The world is messed up. Years after multiple calamities totally trashed the planet, the world...

Mad Max: Fury Road  - Extended Trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road - Extended Trailer

Mad Max just keeps on running. With nothing else to lose in his life, his...

Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

With the world first running out of oil, water soon followed. Planet Earth is now...

Mad Max Trailer

Mad Max Trailer

Max Rockatansky is a formidable traveller of the Australian outback, still fighting against the dystopian...

A Million Ways to Die in the West Movie Review

A Million Ways to Die in the West Movie Review

After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this...

A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer

A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer

Albert is a rather introverted sheep farmer who tries at all costs to avoid confrontation...

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