Charlize Theron

American Actress Charlize Theron

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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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Age 44
Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
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Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
2019 The Addams Family Morticia Addams (voice) Actor 0.00
2019 Long Shot United States Charlotte Field Actor 0.00
2018 Gringo United States Elaine Markinson Actor 0.00
2018 Tully United States Marlo Actor 0.00
2017 The Fate of the Furious United States Cipher Actor 7.00
2017 Atomic Blonde Sweden, Germany, Hungary, United States Lorraine Broughton Actor 0.00
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings United States Monkey (voice) Actor 0.00
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Australia, United States Imperator Furiosa Actor 0.00
2012 Prometheus United Kingdom, United States Meredith Vickers Actor 0.00
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman United States Queen Ravenna Actor 4.00
2011 Young Adult United States Mavis Gary Actor 0.00
2008 Hancock United States Mary Embrey Actor 0.00
2005 North Country United States Josey Aimes Actor 0.00
2005 Æon Flux United States Æon Flux Actor 0.00
2003 The Italian Job United Kingdom, United States Stella Bridger Actor 0.00
2003 Monster United States Aileen Wuornos Actor 0.00
2001 15 Minutes Germany, United States Rose Hearn Actor 0.00
2000 Reindeer Games United States Ashley Mercer Actor 0.00
2000 Men of Honor United States Gwen Sunday Actor 0.00
1999 The Cider House Rules United States Candy Kendall Actor 0.00

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