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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 (1996), which landed her the role of Tina Powers in That Thing You Do! (1996). Since then, she has starred in movies like The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and The Italian Job (2003). On February 29, 2004, she won her first Academy Award, for her performance in Monster (2003).  See full bio on IMDb »

Charlize Theron --  'Fro Down in Bev Hills

Charlize Theron & Son
'Fro Down in Bev Hills

Charlize Theron and her cute little son Jackson took a trip to the barbershop -- reminding us that more and more Hollywood parents require lessons in, umm ... ethnic hair care. Check out TMZ on TV… READ MORE >

Charlize Theron -- Gorgeous!

Charlize Theron

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

- 1947 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Flashes Her Bieber!

Charlize Theron
Flashes Her Bieber!

Here's gorgeous Oscar winner Charlize Theron in L.A. on Thursday (left) -- and bubblegum pop star turned wannabe tough guy Justin Bieber last year (right).Only one is wearing lovely diamond… READ MORE >

- 1971 days ago
Liv vs. Charlize: Who'd You Rather?

Liv vs. Charlize
Who'd You Rather?

Brunette beauty Liv Tyler, 33, and blonde bombshell Charlize Theron, 35, both glowed at the same event in NYC this week.Question is ...   READ MORE >

- 2755 days ago
Charlize & Kobe Hug It Out

Charlize & Kobe
Hug It Out

Charlize Theron greeted Kobe Bryant with a big hug before the Laker game at Staples Center this weekend.Apparently, these two are good buds. Who knew? READ MORE >

- 2772 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Rent My Awesome Beach House

Charlize Theron
Rent My Awesome Beach House

Charlize Theron could really profit off her bad memories -- the actress is trying to rent out the Malibu beach house she used to share with ex-boyfriend Stuart Townsend ... and she's charging… READ MORE >

- 2928 days ago
Charlize Theron's Ex -- Breaking Up Sucks

Charlize Theron's Ex
Breaking Up Sucks

While at an art gallery in L.A. this weekend, Charlize Theron's ex-boyfriend Stuart Townsend put on quite a show by sucking face with some brunette lady friend.Stew's PDA comes two weeks after… READ MORE >

- 2961 days ago
Keanu & Charlize -- The Long Kiss Goodnight

Keanu & Charlize
The Long Kiss Goodnight

Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron didn't just share a romantic dinner at a Beverly Hills restaurant last night -- they also shared a really intimate goodbye hug and kiss on the way out. As the two… READ MORE >

- 2974 days ago
Oscar Fashion -- The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Oscar Fashion
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

While some looked precious at the Oscars, others grabbed outfits straight out of the hurt locker.  READ MORE >

- 3031 days ago
Charlize Theron -- Oscars or Golden Globes?

Charlize Theron
Oscars or Golden Globes?

Which part of Charlize Theron's dress do you think E! was focused on?BTW -- That's E!'s arrow ... not ours. READ MORE >

- 3032 days ago
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