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- Hair ColorBlondes
- HometownBenoni, South Africa
About Charlize Theron
Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron was born August 7, 1975 to Charles and Gerda Theron in Benoni, South Africa. Charlize grew up on a working farm outside Johannesburg and studied dance as a young girl. But the Theron home was a troubled one, and Charlize’s alcoholic father was abusive. In 1991, Charles attacked Gerda, who then shot him. The incident, which Charlize witnessed, was ruled self-defense.
A year later Charlize won a Johannesburg modeling contest, and eventually moved to New York. But she quickly abandoned modeling in favor of dance, studying at the Joffrey Ballet School, until a knee injury sidelined her dance career.
She moved to LA to pursue acting in 1994 and got her break while shouting at a bank teller. Talent agent John Crosby was in the bank and signed Charlize. She made her film debut in 1995’s Children of the Corn III and then quickly followed with roles in 2 Days in the Valley and That Thing You Do.
The films kept coming: The Devil’s Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, The Cider House Rules, and The Italian Job. But it was Charlize’s performance in 2003’s 8Monster, a biopic about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, that won her a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She was nominated again for an Oscar for *North Country in 2005, although she lost out to Reese Witherspoon, who won for Walk the Line.
Charlize’s beauty, as well as her sense of humor and her choice of roles, made her a standout in Hollywood. Vogue described her as a “stealth iconoclast, a modern-day Kate Hepburn, by refusing to conform to society’s—or Hollywood’s—expectations of her: She’s the tall, gorgeous blonde who almost never makes movies that trade on those attributes; the exceedingly charming and funny woman who never plays the girlfriend, never makes romantic comedies.”
Esquire, which in 2007 named Charlize the “Sexiest Woman Alive,” wrote, “Frank, fearless, formidable—and funny, too—Charlize Theron is a throwback to the glory days of Hollywood, a leading lady with style and talent to burn.”
Charlize has continued to star in Hollywood hits including Hancock, Snow White and the Huntsman, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. She is an activist, founding the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She also has worked with PETA and been named a UN Ambassador for Peace.
In 2012, a single Charlize adopted a son, Jackson. She started dating Sean Penn in 2014, and had previously been linked to Stuart Townsend and Stephan Jenkins. But a grounded Charlize knows what she wants out of a relationship. “Going about dating in your late 30s is such a different ball game,” she told Vogue. “I know so well what I want to fit in my life. And the simple answer to that is: Unless he can make my life better? My life is really pretty fucking good.”