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Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle.Theron received an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". There was not much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled to Europe and the United States, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.In 1994, her mother bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, and Charlize started visiting all of the agents on Hollywood Boulevard, but without any luck. She went to a bank to cash a check for $500 she received from her mother, and became furious when she learned that the bank would not cash it because it was an out-of-state check. She made a scene and an agent gave her his card, in exchange for learning American English, which she did by watching soap operas on television.Her first role was as a young mother in a park in a B-film in 1995, but it was a non-speaking role with three seconds of screen time. Her next role was as Helga Svelgen in 2 Days in the Valley, which landed her the role of Tina Powers in That Thing You Do!. Since then, she has starred in movies like The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, The Cider House Rules, The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Italian Job. On February 29, 2004, she won her first Academy Award, for her performance in Monster.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Charlize Theron -- She Stiffs, Then Tips Huge!

Charlize Theron
She Stiffs ... Then Tips Huge!

Charlize Theron pulled a total normie move at Pinkberry ... telling 'em she didn't have any money on her to pay her $3.75 fro-yo tab! She's so lucky the Pinkberry employee trusted her to come back… READ MORE >

Charlize Theron BAILS on Pinkberry Tab ... Then Returns With $100

Charlize Theron
Bails on Her Pinkberry Tab ... But Returns with $96 Tip

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Charlize Theron Compares Media Coverage to Being Raped

Charlize Theron
Compares Media Coverage to Being Raped

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Sean Penn & Charlize Theron -- Heavy Petting

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Heavy Petting

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Robin Wright -- Out With Hot New Fiance ... While Sean Penn Hangs With Charlize

Robin Wright
Parties With Hot New Fiance While Sean Penn Hangs with Charlize

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- 989 days ago
Charlize Theron --  'Fro Down in Bev Hills

Charlize Theron & Son
'Fro Down in Bev Hills

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- 1302 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Gorgeous!

Charlize Theron
GORGEOUS!

Even with Justin Bieber hair, Oscar winner Charlize Theron is always stunning.Flawless. READ MORE >

- 1310 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Flashes Her Bieber!

Charlize Theron
Flashes Her Bieber!

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