Charlize Theron

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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

Charlize Theron Gearing Up For Fast 8 - Report


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The Mad Max: Fury Road star is in early talks to play the villain in the eighth instalment of the hugely successful street racing series, according to Deadline.com.

If she signs on, the project will reunite Charlize with filmmaker F. Gary Gray, who directed her 2003 movie The Italian Job.

Vin and his franchise co-stars, including Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, are all expected to return for the follow-up to Furious 7, which currently stands as the sixth-highest-grossing film in global box office history.

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Charlize Theron Seen On The Set For Her New Film "The Coldest City

Charlize Theron - Charlize Theron seen on the set for her new film "The Coldest City" at Fernsehturm tower. - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 10th February 2016

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Is Charlize Theron Set For Villain Role In 'Fast And Furious 8'?


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Charlize Theron is reportedly set to play the villain in the next instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast 8. According to Deadline, the film will feature a sole female villain and Theron is the actress they have their eye on for the role.

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron is reportedly set to star in Fast 8.

Sources told Deadline that director F. Gary Gray and screenwriter Chris Morgan are inserting a ‘fierce female villain into the story’. Theron is thought to be their first choice thanks to her performance in Mad Max Fury Road last year.

Continue reading: Is Charlize Theron Set For Villain Role In 'Fast And Furious 8'?

Charlize Theron Seen Filming Her Latest Movie

Charlize Theron - Charlize Theron seen filming her latest movie 'The Coldest City' at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 9th February 2016

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Storms 2016 Critics' Choice Awards With Nine Wins


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'Mad Max: Fury Road' was a clear favourite at last night's Critics' Choice Awards (January 17th 2016), taking home no less than nine awards - though missed out on Best Picture. The results come ahead of the yet to be handed out Academy Awards, for which 'The Revenant' is a clear frontrunner.

Charlize Theron in Mad MaxCharlize Theron wins Best Actress for Mad Max

Both Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron received well-deserved Best Actor/Actress In An Action Movie accolades for 'Mad Max: Fury Road', with director George Miller also being recognised as Best Director. And while it served as this year's Best Action Movie, it missed out on the coveted Best Picture award which went to 'Spotlight'. Further prizes for 'Mad Max' were given for the following categories: Production Design, Editing, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup and Visual Effects.

Continue reading: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Storms 2016 Critics' Choice Awards With Nine Wins

George Miller: 'I Will Never Make Another Mad Max Movie'


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The Australian filmmaker shot the three original installments with Mel Gibson and returned to the franchise 30 years later to helm critically-acclaimed 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, which starred Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

A follow-up to Fury Road is expected to be produced, but Miller has ruled himself out of the project and insisted he is done with the Mad Max series.

"I won't make more Mad Max movies. Fury Road... was forever getting completed (sic)," he tells the New York Post. "If you finish one in a year, it's considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again... We had to wait 18 months and every return to the U.S. was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won't do those anymore."

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From Mad Max To Suffragette: 12 Films That Awakened Our Inner Feminist In 2015


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We like to think 2015 has seen Hollywood re-define womanhood with various movies depicting unusually interesting roles for women. Some, of course, are true stories or documentaries, but others truly mark a true progression in the film industry. Here are just a few of this year's movies that have done women proud.

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury RoadCharlize Theron is as badass as it gets in 'Mad Max'

1. Mad Max: Fury Road - We haven't seen a character as badass as Furiosa in movies for a while, and Charlize Theron really nailed it as a shaven-headed renegade with a mechanical arm who had grown up around men. She rescues the five wives from her tyrannical boss and gives Max a run for his money with her ability to fire a weapon.

Continue reading: From Mad Max To Suffragette: 12 Films That Awakened Our Inner Feminist In 2015

David Fincher And Charlize Theron's Tv Crime Drama Series Heading To Netflix


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The pair will executive produce Mindhunter, which will be based on John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit.

The Gone Girl filmmaker is also expected to direct.

The series has been in the works since 2010 at America's HBO network, with former Dexter executive producer Scott Buck hired to write the script. However, he is no longer attached to the project, with playwright/screenwriter Joe Penhall brought onboard as his replacement, according to Deadline.com.

Charlize Theron And David Fincher Unite For Crime Series 'Mindhunter'


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A new crime series is set to hit Netflix with David Fincher and Charlize Theron at the helm. While the set-up of 'Mindhunter' is as yet unknown, we do know that it's based on the book of the same name about FBI criminal profiling. It also marks Fincher's second series to air on Netflix.

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As part of Charlize Theron's Denver and Delilah company, 'Mindhunter' has been developed by HBO via Fox 21 and is due to hit Netflix with Theron and Fincher as executive producers according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is based on 'Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit' by John Douglas and Mark Olshanker published in 1996, which follows a former agent in his career exploits.

Continue reading: Charlize Theron And David Fincher Unite For Crime Series 'Mindhunter'

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Leads Critics Choice Awards Nominations


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Mad Max Fury Road leads this year’s Critics' Choice Awards nominations, picking up a massive 13 nods. It follows an already long list of nominations the action film has so far received, including from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Mad Max Fury RoadMax Mad Fury Road has been nominated for 13 Critics Choice Awards.

In the Critics Choice Awards Mad Max has been nominated for Best Picture while Charlize Theron has picked up a nod for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie and Tom Hardy is also in the running for Best Actor in an Action Movie.

Continue reading: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Leads Critics Choice Awards Nominations

Mad Max: Fury Road Dominates Australian Oscars


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George Miller's post-apocalyptic adventure dominated the first batch of prizes at the AACTA Screen Craft Awards on Monday night (30Nov15) ahead of the main Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards on 9 December (15).

The Mad Max reboot also won trophies for editing, sound, score and production design, and other winners included Kate Winslet's drama The Dressmaker, which took the award for Best Costume Design.

Paper Planes won Best Original Screenplay and Last Cab To Darwin took Best Adapted Screenplay.

Continue reading: Mad Max: Fury Road Dominates Australian Oscars

The Huntsman Winters War Trailer


Long before the evil Queen Ravenna was thought to have been killed by Snow White, she sat idly by as her sister Freya fled their kingdom after suffering devastating heartbreak and betrayal.

Armed with her power to freeze any enemy, Freya the ice queen spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen, including Eric and warrior Sara. But Freya soon discovered that he two most prized fighters had defied her by breaking her most important rule of all: Forever harden your hearts to love.

After learning of her sister's demise, Freya then summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But when she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the two sisters threaten their enchanted land with twice the darkest force it's ever seen. 

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Charlize Theron Out With Barefooted Son Jackson

Charlize Theron , Jackson - Charlize Theron heads back to her car after visiting a friends house in Los Angeles with son Jackson who was walking barefooted while mommy holds his shoes. The actress was reportedly in the process of adopting a baby girl. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 3rd August 2015

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Celebrities At The ABC Studios For 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Charlize Theron - Celebrities at the ABC studios for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' at Jimmy Kimmel Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 21st July 2015

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Cannes Festival Mad Max Fury Road Photocall

Charlize Theron - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival for a "Mad Max: Fury Road" Photocall in Cannes, France - Thursday 14th May 2015

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Charlize Theron

Date of birth

7th August, 1975

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.77






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