Charlize Theron

    August 7, 1975
Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
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Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model. She rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. In recent years, she has moved into the field of producing, both in television and film. She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in North Country in 2005, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Young Adult in 2011. In 2012, she appeared in Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship. Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda (née Maritz) and Charles Theron (born 27 November 1947). Second Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle. Her ancestry includes French, German, and Dutch; her French forebears were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa. "Theron" is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Théron) pronounced in Afrikaans as [tɜːron], although she has said that the way she pronounces it in South Africa is [θron]. She changed the pronunciation when she moved to the U.S. to give it a more "American" sound. She grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg. On 21 June 1991, Theron's father, an alcoholic, physically attacked her mother and threatened both her mother and her while drunk; Theron's mother then shot and killed him. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and her mother faced no charges. Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not "fitting in". At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.

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The Old Guard Andromache of Scythia / Andy 2020
Bombshell Megyn Kelly 2019
The Addams Family Morticia Addams (voice) 2019
Long Shot Charlotte Field 2019
Tully Marlo Moreau 2018
Gringo Elaine Markinson 2018
Going Mad: The Battle of Fury Road Herself 2017
Atomic Blonde Lorraine Broughton 2017
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The Last Face Dr. Wren Petersen 2017
Kubo and the Two Strings Mother/Monkey (voices) 2016
The Huntsman: Winter's War Queen Ravenna 2016
Take Flight - The New York Times Herself 2015
The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa Self 2015
Maximum Fury: Filming 'Fury Road' Herself 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa 2015
Dark Places Libby Day 2015
A Million Ways to Die in the West Anna 2014
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus Herself 2012
Snow White and the Huntsman Queen Ravenna 2012
Prometheus Meredith Vickers 2012
Young Adult Mavis Gary 2011
Wikus and Charlize Charlize Theron 2010
The Road Mother 2009
Astro Boy Narrator 2009
The Burning Plain Sylvia / Mariana 2008
Hancock Mary Embrey 2008
Sleepwalking Joleen 2008
Battle in Seattle Ella 2007
In the Valley of Elah Detective Emily Sanders 2007
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North Country Josey Aimes 2005
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Britt Ekland 2004
Head in the Clouds Gilda Bessé 2004
Monster Aileen Wuornos 2003
The Italian Job Stella Bridger 2003
Waking Up in Reno Candy Kirkendall 2002
Trapped Karen Jennings 2002
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Laura Kensington 2001
15 Minutes Rose Hearn 2001
Sweet November Sara 2001
The Legend of Bagger Vance Adele Invergordon 2000
The Yards Erica Soltz 2000
Men of Honor Gwen Sunday 2000
Reindeer Games Ashley Mercer 2000
The Cider House Rules Candy Kendall 1999
The Astronaut's Wife Jillian Armacost 1999
Mighty Joe Young Jill Young 1998
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The Devil's Advocate Mary Ann Lomax 1997
Trial and Error Billie Tyler 1997
Hollywood Confidential Sally 1997
That Thing You Do! Tina 1996
2 Days in the Valley Helga Svelgen 1996
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Eli's Follower 1995
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