Charlize Theron biography 2022

Actress Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron biography

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, South Africa, 7th of August, 1975.

Her father, Charles, worked in the family road construction business, which mother Gerda took over after Charles' death in 1990. Her mother shot her husband Charlie in self-defense after he attacked her in a drunken state.

She started out as a professional dancer, which allowed the 6-year-old to fantasize and be an actress. Since the farm they lived on had no means of entertainment, Charlize Theron had to use her passion for dancing and her imagination to entertain herself when not caring for animals.

After dancing in Johannesburg, she began modeling in Milan, Italy, by the time Charlize was 16. But modeling was not fulfilling enough for her, who wanted to return to her original passion - dancing - after only one year as a model.

While modeling allowed her to travel, she decided to stay in New York after a modeling shoot to study ballet at the Joffrey School in New York. Bored of modeling, Charlize wanted to do more than look pretty. She suffered from a knee injury that forced her ballet career to end. Jobless and broke, Charlize headed for the West Coast.

In 1994, her luck and career path changed. A talent manager noticed the beauty when she threw a tantrum and made a scene at a Los Angeles bank after a teller refused to cash a check because she did not have an account at the bank. John Crosby (who also discovered Rene Russo) encouraged her to try acting. It did not take much convincing since she was unemployed.

With no money to pay for a coach to perfect her English accent, Charlize set out to lose her South African accent by singing along to popular music and watching TV shows to study the American accent.

Charlize Theron landed her first role as Helga Svelgen in 2 Days in The Valley.

Charlize was not chosen as the lead stripper in the movie Showgirls. She was cast in That Thing You Do! after Tom Hanks was impressed by her acting. She then appeared in 1997's Trial and Error, co-starring Michael Richards, and had a supporting role in The Devil's Advocate, which starred Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino.

After a role in Woody Allen's Celebrity as a supermodel, the beauty starred in the Disney film Mighty Joe Young. 1999 was a big year for Charlize Theron, with a string of heftier roles; she co-starred with Johnny Depp in The Astronaut's Wife and had a supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film, The Cider House Rules. Reindeer Games was next, followed by The Yards and Men of Honor. She was also seen in another period piece, The Legend of Bagger Vance's golf flick with Matt Damon and Will Smith.

In 2001, Charlize Theron reunited with Keanu Reeves for the schmaltzy Sweet November and had a small role as a madam in 15 Minutes. After a role in Woody Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and the thriller Trapped, Charlize showed off her driving skills in the summer 2003 hit, The Italian Job.

With a Best Actress Golden Globe for Charlize Theron's role in the biopic Monster (portraying Aileen Wuornos), in which she was forced to flex her acting muscles and completely alter her appearance.

With several upcoming movies in the pipeline, Charlize Theron is one of Earth's most talented and beautiful actresses.

last updated September 2022

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