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Real Name: Charlize Theron
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Charlize Theron Biography And Filmography:

Charlize Theron has won Oscar and Golden Globe awards, and gained fame with roles which cast her as  under pressure to survive life and death situations. Her own experiences with the the stress of a bad childhood gives her perspective, as does the strong determination that stirred her to move to Europe to seek a modeling career while she was still a teenager. 

Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, and raised on a farm outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Along with English, she grew up speaking the Afrikaans language of her parents and ten local dialects she learned from friends. An only child, Theron was a daring girl who took care of the family’s animals and farm business. But she was also a natural entertainer, encouraged by her mother to take dance and acting lessons at the age of eight. When Charlize was thirteen, she left home to attend a private school in Johannesburg where she started dance training. While home on a school vacation in 1991, her parents became involved in a domestic dispute that ended in gunfire and the death of her father. Gerda had fired in self-defense from her violent husband, and was not charged with any crime. 

Theron returned to school and entered a modeling contest in Johannesburg. After winning first place, she was flown to Italy and signed to a modeling agency and quit school to travel Europe as a runway and advertising model. Her work took her to New York City, where she started dance training with the distinguished Joffrey Ballet. She suffered a serious knee injury that ended her dance career, and she decided to move to Miami, Florida, earning more money modeling before deciding to relocate to Los Angeles and try to break into the movie business as an actress.

In just six months, Theron made her Hollywood appearance with a unscripted role in “Children of the Corn III” (1995). She was then hired and cast as a sexy Norwegian bad girl going next to Teri Hatcher and James Spader in  "2 Days in the Valley" (1996). 

Theron  next appeared in the Tom Hanks' film, "That Thing You Do!" (1996) with Liv Tyler. Next was her comedic role as a waitress who finds Jeff Daniels' love interest in "Trial and Error" (1997), and audiences loved her role as Keanu Reeves' wife in Taylor Hackford's thriller "The Devil's Advocate" (1997). Charlize more than kept up with Al Pacino and Reeves – most notably with her stirring onscreen breakdown that sent her character to the nuthouse.

Woody Allen gave Theron the chance to parody her modeling experience as the sex addicted supermodel of "Celebrity" (1998), before she starred as an orphaned African girl who grows up with an orphaned gorilla in Disney’s movie "Mighty Joe Young" (1998).

She then took a starring role next to Johnny Depp in the science fiction thriller "The Astronaut's Wife" (1999), about astronaut Spencer Armacoust who was on a mission when he suddenly lost contact with earth. She then portrayed a young woman tempted by lust while her boyfriend is away at war in "The Cider House Rules" (1999) with Tobey Maguire. 

Theron then performed her own stunts for "Reindeer Games" (1999) with Ben Affleck, where after assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino robbery.

In 2000, Charlize played a heroin addict with a romantic lust for ex-cons (Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix) in "The Yards." She went on to appear in "Men of Honor" (2000) starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., in the story of Carl Brashear, the first African American and first amputee United States Navy Diver and the man who trained him.

A bigger role in Robert Redford’s "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) with Matt Damon and Will Smith saw the actress as the moving force of a golf tournament in 1930's Georgia. Theron finally got her big break as the terminally ill woman looking for love in “Sweet November” (2001), but unfortunately her pairing with Keanu Reeves in the romantic drama did not do well at the box office. With Woody Allen’s “Curse of the Jade Scorpion” (2001) with Helen Hunt, Charlize showed her comedy talents as an opium smoking Hollywood super-celebrity, but the film was a dud, as was the drama "Trapped" (2002) with Kevin Bacon, in which she played a kidnap victim alongside Stuart Townsend, with whom she would star a long-term romantic relationship. Charlize  wrapped her year alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Patrick Swayze in the romantic comedy "Waking Up In Reno" (2002) about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

In 2003, Charlize was hired and cast in "The Italian Job” with Edward Norton and Mark Wahlberg, but her performance was soon eclipsed by her Oscar and Golden Globe winning role as convicted murderer Aileen Wuornos, one of America's first known female serial killers, in "Monster" (2003). She followed up with the wartime drama "Head in the Clouds" (2004) starring Penelope Cruz, before winning an Emmy nomination for her role in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2004), starring Geoffrey Rush.

The following year Theron was cast in "North Country" (2005), which was based on the true events surrounding the first class action sexual harassment suit against an American corporation. She then starred as a physically abused, single mother of two who finds fulfillment and economic freedom as a miner, only to face the constant humiliation of sexual harassment on the job. Theron won Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Charlize Theron then followed with a recurring role on the television comedy “Arrested Development” (2003-06), playing a British schoolteacher who catches the eye of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman). In 2007, she co-starred in “Battle in Seattle” (2007), and “In The Valley of Elah” (2007) with Susan Sarandon, about a career officer and his wife who work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. 

She again received applause for playing an abandoning mother in the family drama “Sleepwalking” (2008) with Nick Stahl, but the Sundance Festival screened independent received overall poor reviews and the project stalled. 

Theron returned to the big-screen in the summer of 2008 starring alongside Will Smith in “Hancock” (2008), about a hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public and enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image. Next was the thriller "The Road" (2008) with Robert Duvall, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man trying to get his son to safety. Charlize then won the starring role next to Kim Basinger in the dramatic "The Burning Plain" (2009), a drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. She wrapped the year working with Seth Green and Mark Wahlberg in the crime thriller "The Brazilian Job" (2009), where Charlie Croker and his fellow crew of expert thieves head to Rio de Janeiro to pull off another heist in this follow up to "The Italian Job".

Charlize then lent her voice as the narrator for the animated children’s movie “Astro Boy” (2009) – a story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost.

Theron then took the starring role in “Young Adult” (2011) playing a young divorced woman, and fiction writer who returns to her home in small-town Minnesota looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

2012 proved to be a great year for Theron and it started in the role of Queen Ravenna in the action adventure movie “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012) starring Kristen Stewart in a twist to the original fairy tale the Huntsman is ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed but winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Theron then returned to her roots for the sci-fi horror movie “Prometheus” (2012) - where a team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. Another horror movie followed with “Two Eyes Staring” (2013) – a horror tale centered on the friendship between a young girl and the ghost of her mother's twin.



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