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Charlize Theron Biography

    Charlize Theron grew up on a farm outside Benoni, South Africa, as the only child. She got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". There wasnt much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled to Europe and United States of America, 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. At the age of 18, her mother made her go to Los Angeles to try a career in the movie industry. She came to Los Angeles without knowing anyone in the city but after two weeks when she was standing in line on Hollywood Boulevard an agent gave her his card. After eight months in Los Angeles she got her first part. Since then, she took acting lessons and her career skyrocketed in The Devils Advocate (1997).


Charlize Theron Filmography

  • (2014) A Million Ways to Die in the West as
  • (2014) Mad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa
  • (2014) Murder Mystery as (rumored)
  • (2013) Angels in Exile as Narrator
  • (2013) Live from the Red Carpet: The 2013 Academy Awards as Herself
  • (2013) Miracle Rising: South Africa as
  • (2013) The 85th Oscars as Herself - Performer (Opening Film) & Presenter
  • (2013) The Oscars Red Carpet Live as Herself - Interviewee
  • (2012) 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards as Herself
  • (2012) 2012 MTV Movie Awards as Herself - Presenter
  • (2012) Critics' Choice Movie Awards Red Carpet as Herself
  • (2012) Movie Talk with Peter Bart as Herself - Guest
  • (2012) Prometheus as Meredith Vickers
  • (2012) Snow White and the Huntsman as Ravenna
  • (2012) The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards as Herself - Nominee: Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
  • (2012) The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus as Herself
  • (2011) After Lately as Herself
  • (2011) Big Morning Buzz Live as Herself
  • (2011) Piers Morgan Tonight as Herself
  • (2011) Unite for Japan as Herself
  • (2011) Young Adult as Mavis Gary
  • (2010) Brandon Flowers: Crossfire as Heroine
  • (2010) Conan as Herself
  • (2010) Guys Choice as Herself
  • (2010) Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute as Herself
  • (2010) Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief as Herself
  • (2010) Janela Indiscreta as Herself
  • (2010) The 82nd Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Presenter: 'Precious' Film Clip
  • (2010) Wikus and Charlize as Herself (voice)
  • (2009) Astro Boy as 'Our Friends' Narrator (voice)
  • (2009) ES.TV HD as Herself - Guest
  • (2009) Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as Herself
  • (2009) Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis' as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2009) Saturday Night Live as Herself
  • (2009) The 81st Annual Academy Awards as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2009) The Jay Leno Show as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2009) The Road as Woman
  • (2009) The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as Herself
  • (2008) 2008 MTV Movie Awards as Herself
  • (2008) After Iraq as Herself
  • (2008) Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis as Herself
  • (2008) Hancock as Mary
  • (2008) MTV Movie Awards 2008 Pre-Show as Herself - Presenter
  • (2008) Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • (2008) Richard & Judy's New Position as Herself
  • (2008) Sleepwalking as Joleen
  • (2008) Stand Up to Cancer as Herself
  • (2008) Superhumans: The Making of 'Hancock' as Herself
  • (2008) The Burning Plain as Sylvia
  • (2007) Battle in Seattle as Ella
  • (2007) Chelsea Lately as Herself - Guest
  • (2007) DP/30: Conversations About Movies as Herself
  • (2007) In the Valley of Elah as Det. Emily Sanders
  • (2007) Movies Rock as Herself - Presenter
  • (2007) The Graham Norton Show as Herself
  • (2007) The Graham Norton Show as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2007) Up Close with Carrie Keagan as Herself
  • (2006) 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards as Herself
  • (2006) 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as Herself
  • (2006) Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute as Herself
  • (2006) Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters as Herself
  • (2006) Creating a World: Aeon Flux as Herself - Aeon Flux
  • (2006) El hormiguero as Herself
  • (2006) El hormiguero as Herself - Guest
  • (2006) Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2006) La rentadora as (archive footage)
  • (2006) The 78th Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Documentary Feature
  • (2006) The Orange British Academy Film Awards as Herself
  • (2006) Top Chef as Herself
  • (2006) Top Chef as Herself - Guest Judge
  • (2006) VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2005) Cinema mil as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2005) Iconoclasts as Herself
  • (2005) Los Angeles as Herself
  • (2005) Made in Hollywood as Herself
  • (2005) Made in Hollywood as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2005) North Country as Josey Aimes
  • (2005) Robot Chicken as Daniel's Mom/Mother/Waitress (voice)
  • (2005) The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as Herself
  • (2005) The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards /Nominee: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie] as Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Motion Picture [Drama
  • (2005) The 77th Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • (2005) The Colbert Report as Herself - Guest
  • (2005) THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer as Herself
  • (2005) Æon Flux as Æon Flux
  • (2005) Æon Flux as Æon Flux (VG) (voice)
  • (2004) 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops as Herself - #43 Passing on Big Role: Pearl Harbour (archive footage)
  • (2004) Based on a True Story: The Making of 'Monster' as Herself
  • (2004) Head in the Clouds as Gilda Bessé
  • (2004) Le grand journal de Canal+ as Herself
  • (2004) Michael Moore, el gran agitador as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • (2004) On-Air with Ryan Seacrest as Herself
  • (2004) Tavis Smiley as Herself
  • (2004) The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards as Herself
  • (2004) The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards as Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
  • (2004) The 76th Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Winner: Best Actress/Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
  • (2004) The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Britt Ekland
  • (2004) The Paul O'Grady Show as Herself
  • (2004) The Paul O'Grady Show as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2004) The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2003) Arrested Development as Rita
  • (2003) Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show as Herself
  • (2003) Filmland as Herself
  • (2003) Jimmy Kimmel Live! as Herself
  • (2003) Monster as Aileen
  • (2003) Sunday Morning Shootout as
  • (2003) Sunday Morning Shootout as Herself
  • (2003) The GQ Men of the Year Awards as Herself
  • (2003) The Italian Job as Stella Bridger
  • (2002) 2002 MTV Movie Awards as Herself - Presenter
  • (2002) Fashion Police as Herself (archive footage)
  • (2002) La nit al dia as Herself
  • (2002) Silenci? as Supermodel (archive footage)
  • (2002) The 74th Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
  • (2002) The Pussycat Dolls Show as Herself
  • (2002) Tinseltown TV as Herself
  • (2002) Trapped as Karen
  • (2002) Trapped: From Within as Herself/'Karen Jennings' (also archive footage)
  • (2002) Waking Up in Reno as Candy Kirkendall
  • (2001) 15 Minutes as Rose Hearn
  • (2001) Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies as Herself - Narrator (voice)
  • (2001) Eigo de shabera-night as Herself - Interviewee
  • (2001) Friday Night with Jonathan Ross as Herself
  • (2001) Master Chief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear as Herself
  • (2001) Richard & Judy as Herself
  • (2001) Sweet November as Sara Deever
  • (2001) Sweet November: From the Heart as Herself
  • (2001) The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards as Herself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
  • (2001) The Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Laura Kensington
  • (2001) When I Was a Girl as Narrator (voice)
  • (2000) 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards as Herself
  • (2000) 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards as Herself
  • (2000) Liquid News as Herself
  • (2000) Men of Honor as Gwen Sunday
  • (2000) Oscar 2000 as Herself (uncredited)
  • (2000) Reindeer Games as Ashley
  • (2000) Rove Live as Herself
  • (2000) The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards as Herself - Presenter: Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy/Favorite Motion Picture Comedy
  • (2000) The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards as Herself - Presenter: Best Actress/Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • (2000) The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards as Herself
  • (2000) The 72nd Annual Academy Awards as Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score
  • (2000) The Legend of Bagger Vance as Adele Invergordon
  • (2000) The Yards as Erica Soltz
  • (1999) The 26th Annual American Music Awards as Herself
  • (1999) The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards as Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score
  • (1999) The Astronaut's Wife as Jillian Armacost
  • (1999) The Cider House Rules as Candy Kendall
  • (1999) The Cider House Rules: The Making of an American Classic as Herself
  • (1999) The Early Show as Herself
  • (1999) The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn as Herself
  • (1999) VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards as Herself
  • (1998) Celebrity as Supermodel
  • (1998) Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
  • (1998) Total Request Live as Herself
  • (1997) 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards as Herself
  • (1997) Corazón de... as Herself
  • (1997) Corazón de... as Herself (archive footage)
  • (1997) HARDtalk as Herself
  • (1997) Hollywood Confidential as Sally
  • (1997) The Devil's Advocate as Mary Ann Lomax
  • (1997) The GQ Men of the Year Awards as Herself
  • (1997) The View as Herself
  • (1997) Trial and Error as Billie Tyler
  • (1996) 2 Days in the Valley as Helga Svelgen
  • (1996) Access Hollywood as Herself
  • (1996) E! True Hollywood Story as Herself
  • (1996) Fox News Sunday as Herself - Power Player of the Week
  • (1996) Magacine as Herself
  • (1996) Mundo VIP as Herself
  • (1996) That Thing You Do! as Tina
  • (1996) The Daily Show as Herself
  • (1996) The O'Reilly Factor as Herself (archive footage)
  • (1996) The O'Reilly Factor as Herself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots") (archive footage)
  • (1996) The Rosie O'Donnell Show as Herself
  • (1995) Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as Young Woman (uncredited)
  • (1994) Exclusiv - Das Star-Magazin as Herself
  • (1994) Extra as Herself
  • (1994) Inside the Actors Studio as Herself
  • (1993) Late Night with Conan O'Brien as Herself
  • (1993) Late Show with David Letterman as Herself
  • (1993) Late Show with David Letterman as Herself - Guest
  • (1992) Getaway as Herself - Celebrity traveller
  • (1992) HBO First Look as Herself
  • (1992) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as Herself
  • (1992) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as Herself - Guest
  • (1991) Días de cine as Herself
  • (1991) The Charlie Rose Show as Herself
  • (1991) The Charlie Rose Show as Herself - Guest
  • (1989) Primetime Live as Herself
  • (1988) Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as Herself
  • (1988) Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as Herself - Guest
  • (1988) This Morning as Herself
  • (1987) Biography as Herself
  • (1986) The Oprah Winfrey Show as Herself
  • (1984) Cinema 3 as Herself
  • (1981) Entertainment Tonight as Herself
  • (1981) Wetten, dass..? as Herself
  • (1979) CBS News Sunday Morning as Herself - Guest
  • (1975) Good Morning America as Herself
  • (1975) Saturday Night Live as Herself - Host
  • (1971) Film '72 as Herself
  • (1952) Today as Herself
  • () Agent 13 as
  • () Dark Places as Libby Day
  • () Ladies Night as
  • () Sympathy for Lady Vengeance as
  • () Two Eyes Staring as
  • () Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project as


Charlize Theron Trivia and Facts

  • When she was 15 her father attacked her mother, and her mother shot him in self-defense. He died, but her mother was not charged in the incident.
  • First language is Afrikaans, English is spoken as her second language.
  • Appeared nude in the May 1999 issue of Playboy Magazine. The photos had been taken years earlier before she had became famous, and she unsuccessfully tried to prevent the magazine from publishing them.
  • Became a fashion model at age 14.
  • Named one of "People" magazines 50 Most Beautiful People. (2000).
  • Turned down the female lead in Pearl Harbor (2001) to star alongside Keanu Reeves in Sweet November (2001).
  • Auditioned for the female lead of Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995).
  • Was ranked #4 in the 100 Sexiest Women list by FHM Taiwan (2001).
  • Placed #1 on Beautiful People Internet Poll, narrowly beating Cameron Diaz in #2 and Kate Beckinsale in #3. The photo featured on the site was the famous Diving Board photo.
  • Both her parents are Africans, born and raised in South Africa. However her father is of French descent and her mother of German descent.
  • Voted #12 Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine (September 2002).
  • Used hypnotherapy as an aid to quit smoking.
  • Is the only child of Charles, whom she was named after, and Gerda Theron.
  • She gained 30 pounds to play Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).
  • On the show, "Sunday Morning Shootout" (2003) , it was revealed that her manager discovered her in a Hollywood bank after he witnessed her yelling at a bank teller for refusing to cash her check.
  • Won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Aileen Wuornos on what would have been Aileens 48th birthday: 29 February 2004.
  • After winning her Oscar, she returned to great celebrations in her native South Africa, and she even met former South African President Nelson Mandela. When he praised her for putting their country on the map and gave her a hug, Theron broke into tears (she was guest of honor at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on March 11th 2004).
  • Has said her favorite actor is Tom Hanks.
  • In 2004, injured her neck while filming Æon Flux (2005). Fortunately, the injury wasnt serious enough to put her in the hospital, but it did postpone production for several weeks.
  • As a teenager in her native South Africa, she learned English by watching American TV.
  • At the 2005 Golden Globes she was sporting a new dark hair color. She is a now a member of the celebrities who have dyed their hair from blonde to brown, or black. They include, among others: Mary-Kate Olsen ; Nicky Hilton ; Mandy Moore ; Renée Zellweger ; Christina Aguilera , Melinda Messenger and Ashlee Simpson.
  • She was the first person to sign on to be a presenter at the 77th Annual Academy Awards, in 2005.
  • Second actress (the first was Kim Basinger ) to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy magazine.
  • She is the second South African-born person to win an Academy Award. The South African-born cinematographer Ted Moore was the first. South African-born actor Basil Rathbone was the first South African-born actor to be nominated, followed by Cecil Kellaway. Theron was the first South African-born woman to win an Oscar.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September 29, 2005).
  • Named #15 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 women of 2005 list.
  • Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Æon Flux (2005). However, she failed to receive a nomination. (Had she gotten the nomination, she would have been the first person to be nominated for both Leading Actress awards at the Oscars, for North Country (2005) , and the Razzies.)
  • Named #4 in FHMs "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).
  • Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck.
  • Named #15 in FHM magazines "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
  • Dyed her hair black for Æon Flux (2005).
  • Trained as a ballet dancer at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and performed in both "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". Her dancing career ended after a knee injury.
  • One of the first movies she ever went to see at the theater was Splash (1984). She confessed that after watching the movie, she felt jealous of Daryl Hannah and developed a crush on Tom Hanks. She even said to herself that she could have played the role of Madison better than Hannah.
  • Shares the same background as actor Daniel Bonjour who also left South Africa as a teenage actor and traveled to Europe and then America. Both their parents are of European background. Also, both actors have found it easier to simply use an American accent in their work.
  • (February 2006) Chosen by Femme Fatales magazine as one of the "50 sexiest women on the planet".
  • Esquire magazines Sexiest Woman Alive in 2007.
  • Entertainment Weekly predicted her Oscar win for Monster (2003) eleven months before she won it.
  • She earns $2 million per year endorsing Diors "JAdore" fragrance, as well as $2.5 million per year endorsing Swiss Watch-maker, Raymond Weil.
  • At 16, she won a modeling competition to go to Milan and work on the catwalks and at 18, she won a scholarship to study ballet at the Joffrey School in New York. She turned to acting only because she injured both knees.
  • Harvard Universitys Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year for 2008.
  • Announced on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) that she is now a United States citizen (March 12, 2008).
  • Ranked #11 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
  • Was considered for the role of Vickie Kittrie in Mercy (2000).
  • Was in consideration for the part of Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001) but Nicole Kidman , who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
  • Replaced Angelina Jolie in the role Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) before being replaced by Taylor Schilling.
  • Was originally cast as Greta Wegener in The Danish Girl (2014) but after dropping out of the project when production was delayed she was replaced by Gwyneth Paltrow , who in turn was replaced by Marion Cotillard.
  • She is good friends with her North Country (2005) co-star, Jeremy Renner.
  • Lives in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.
  • Was in consideration for the role of Helen Gandy in J. Edgar (2011) , but Naomi Watts was cast instead.
  • Named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire Magazine (2007).
  • Received the "Decade of Hotness" award from Spike TV (Guys Choice).
  • Voted #24 in the 2007 Askmen Australia "top 99 most desirable women" list. She was voted #6 the previous year in 2006.
  • Voted #3 in the 2005 Askmen "top 99 most desirable women" list.
  • Voted #1 in the 2003 Askmen "top 99 most desirable women" list.
  • Ranked #20 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
  • Always speaks Afrikaan with her mother who lives 2 minutes from her in L.A.
  • Suffers from OCD to the extent that, if renting a house/hotel room during a movie shoot, cannot relax until she has explored every closet, locker and drawer in the premises.
  • The correct pronunciation of her name: Sharleese Thrunne.
  • Theron is involved in womens rights organizations, and has marched in pro-choice rallies.
  • Is a supporter of animal rights and appeared in a PETA ad for its anti-fur campaign.
  • Has her own charity called the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which is committed to reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence among African youth.
  • Friends with Keanu Reeves , Woody Harrelson and Bill Paxton.
  • Has an adoptive son, Jackson Theron (b. November 2011), whom she adopted in March 2012.
  • Named as the "Sexiest actress" by Victorias Secret What Is Sexy list (2012).
  • (April 24, 2012) Received Americas National Association of Theatre Owners - Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
  • Returned to work 4 months after adopting her son Jackson in order to begin filming Mad Max: Fury Road (2014).
  • Was in a relationship with Stuart Townsend from 2001 to 2010.
  • Named one of the "most desirable" women for 2013 in Askmens list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
  • U.N. Messenger of Peace.


Charlize Theron Quotes

  • [on the revelation that her mother shot and killed her father while he was in a drunken rage, which was ruled self-defense] I was always Mamas girl, and I always felt like her protector.
  • Women have conquered the world. And with everything we go through, its about time we had a female president. I dont think were that far away, but it should have happened already. I wouldnt be surprised if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs - I really admire her.
  • Ive always been very proud to be a South African and Ive always been very honest to people about that. And whatever I can do in my power I promise you I will do. I dont think its too much pressure. I think its our duty as citizens of this country. You dont have to win an Oscar to do something good for your country. We all can do that. If I can be an encouragement for that Ill be glad to be that.
  • Im 50-50 on glamour stuff. Id rather put on a pair of jeans and get on my Harley and act like a guy.
  • I think of myself as a highly sexual creature. I have to use that. I have no choice. I like it. I didnt grow up with a mother telling me what was under my clothes was bad or evil.
  • [on the importance of the Toronto Film Festival for smaller films] If people, critics respond to the film there, it starts a nice little wave of chat, which for a movie like North Country (2005) is really important. Its one of those films that travels by word of mouth.
  • [on marriage] Im happy for people who want to get married, but its not my thing. Im extremely happy in my relationship and I would love to have kids.
  • [on accents] At first I found it really hard using three different English accents: South African, faking the American, faking the accent required by the job. I decided to make it easier for myself and just do one. I havent lost my culture, just my accent.
  • [on bad habits and guilty pleasures] Anything fried Ill take. Are you kidding me? I will fry my shoe and eat it.
  • Looks alone wont get you that far. It may get you in the door, but theres always somebody younger, somebody prettier. You have to rely on something else.
  • What kind of stories can you tell with glamor? There are very few stories of conflict you can tell, right? I look for good stories; Im not driven by anything other than good filmmakers and good stories. And then my job as an actor is to service those stories as well as I possibly can. The physical is the last thing that drives me.
  • I live a very simple life. I dont have to make those giant movies. I dont have a yacht or a private plane. As long as I can maintain this life, which is pretty low-maintenance and simple, then all of a sudden you dont have to worry about all that stuff. I dont have to take a job to pay a mortgage on a house I cant afford.
  • Ive always said that I worry about being with a man who doesnt flirt.
  • [on a possible biopic of her life] God, I hope not. Ive been working harder than anything in my life to try and keep my life sacred. I really dont mind when Im in front of a camera and playing a character Im comfortable with... but I dont necessarily like the spotlight to be about me - not at all. The idea of sitting in Cannes and watching that... ugh. No.
  • [on playing unglamorous characters yet posing for glamorous spreads] Well, guess what? Im a sexual creature. Theres nothing wrong with that. Why do we have to be ashamed of being so many different things? Why do we have to be only one thing, a good mother or a hooker? I dont think that whats under my clothes is evil. Im a woman, Im feminine. And I like the way I look. And I celebrate that. And I dont make excuses for that.
  • People just arent willing to see conflict, or ugliness or the more flawed side of life through a female characters eyes. I mean, can you imagine a woman playing Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976) ? When Robert De Niro does it its fine, [but] people are very uncomfortable about seeing that through a womans eyes. We arent allowed complexity.
  • [on the medias reaction to her appearance in In the Valley of Elah (2007) It just bummed me out because I was, "What do you want? Do you want me to play a detective from Albuquerque whos a single mom in a Dior dress?" The way they focused on my appearance, I felt like it hurt [the film] and I was embarrassed because [director] Paul Haggis had worked really hard, and just because I had a ponytail thats what they were talking about.
  • I dont believe in charmed lives. I think that tragedy is part of the lesson you learn to lift yourself up, to pick yourself up and to move on.
  • [on being congratulated by Nelson Mandela and South African president Thabo Mbeki after winning a Best Actress Oscar for Monster (2003) ] I dont think I want to be a pin-up for anything! The people who inspire me are the ones who just live life and live it in a way thats good-natured. Do unto others what you want done unto yourself. Its not that hard. Dont screw people over. Enjoy life, travel, adventure. Enjoy. I try to just live my life in as good and authentic a way as possible. And I just wish people would write about that and the matter-of-fact way that that is, rather than, "On a summers day, her mother shot her father". Its like I walk around with this badge. I live my life the way I want to live my life. Its like I have chosen this life. I want to be able to go to sleep at night and feel that Im not haunted and Im happy and I enjoyed my day in London and that I enjoy my friends and my love, and that if this is all gone tomorrow, like that man who died so horribly in front of me when I was five, that it was good.
  • [on her mother shooting her father, who was in a drunken rage, which was ruled self-defense] You know, people drank. Some people drank more, but it was never considered that this might be a problem. It was just the way it was then.
  • [on her role in Monster (2003) ] I was trying to make the correlation between Aileen Wuornos and her experiences when she was very young. And I was reminded of something that happened to me. I was five years old and we were driving... all the cars stopped because a truck had rolled over and was ablaze. The doors were jammed and there was a man trapped inside. In South Africa everybody carries a weapon, and the man begged for someone to shoot him because he didnt want to burn to death. Nobody could get him out of the cab, so somebody shot him. It was horrific, but definitely a moment that made me have a great value for life. Other things in life have taught me not to take a moment for granted.
  • I never got offered parts like that, never. And it took a woman, a first-time female director to offer me that role. Paul Haggis [the director of Crash (2004/I) and In the Valley of Elah (2007) ] recently said to me, "You know, often its the material that will define an actor, but you didnt do that. You defined yourself with what you chose to do". And I thought that was a nice compliment.
  • I do like the challenge of finding material that people dont want to risk a lot of money on and that studios dont necessarily jump to go, "Yeah! We want to tell that story." And how could I not after I had done something like Monster (2003) ? Everybody wondered how a movie like that could be successful.
  • [on her role in Hancock (2008) ] I keep myself guessing. I get bored so quickly. I just really liked the material. And the girl was cool. I wasnt ticking any boxes. I just try and do good material and how it gets made is secondary... and anyway, its really nice to get a decent paycheck.
  • As you get older, you get wrinkles and your boobs sag. But you get wisdom, too. So its not all bad!
  • [in response to a reporters question as to which side of the bed she sleeps on] The side that youre not on.
  • [responding to a question as to why she doesnt have kids] I actually have seven children no one knows about--in a cave. They can see Russia from their house, too.
  • I dont avoid glamorous roles. I played Britt Ekland [in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) ], who is one of the most beautiful women alive. But I dont see so many. You tell me one glamorous role that is in a good movie you have seen in the last ten years. My point is, its not a case of wanting to be glamorous or not. Its about wanting to tell a good story. And the physical is at the bottom of the list for me. Your job, as an actor, is to be a clean canvas for your director, and you have to tell the story as authentically as possible.
  • I dont know if I would be who I am today if Id grown up in a different country. In our house the news was always on, the newspaper was always on the dining room table and my parents had a real thirst for politics, and thats how I grew up. A lot of my American friends grew up in a different way, and because of whats happened in America in recent years, they are asking questions, playing catch-up. But I can understand that, because they were living in a country that was comfy and cosy. I wasnt. I want to know what is going on. I have an interest in world politics - how can you not when you live on this Earth? Im just flabbergasted when people dont give a shit.
  • I can remember [growing up in South Africa] wed have to travel an hour to the nearest drive-in cinema, and wed go and never really knew what was playing. But once you got there, it was an hours drive back, so you may as well watch whatever it was. I was about eight or nine and Fatal Attraction (1987) was playing and Mom didnt want to turn all the way around, so she was like, "Well, this is as good a way for you to learn as any".
  • On her mother shooting her father: I dont think you can go through something like that and not kind of walk with it, hand in hand. But you try very hard to move on.
  • My mother was an incredible example to me. I cant imagine going through life without her. I think she has influenced who I am, but without intent really. She would always say, Thats how I feel, but you should figure it out for yourself. I think of my life now and I realise that the way I was brought up is why I can deal with so much now. Im responsible for my own actions, my own decisions. So its a weird one, because she didnt want me to be her, but I think now, at 32, I look at her and I kind of go, Wow, I somehow aspire to be you. I think she really values me being independent and being myself.
  • The reason I did North Country (2005) wasnt just because of what the women were going through. I was really fascinated to understand where the men came from. But what those women suffered was appalling. Just appalling. The real lady that this happened to is still in therapy and on medication. When you meet her, you understand that this has taken a real toll on her.
  • Look, I cant forget Im a woman. I love being a woman and I love being feminine, so that will always be part of my work, obviously. But I approach the material with a more humanistic approach. I think that kind of stuff can become over-earnest if you approach it with a big hammer. Personally Ive been lucky. Maybe its the way I was raised, but I know right from wrong and I know wrong when I walk into a room - and if I feel its wrong, I walk right out again.
  • There were a lot of pros to winning the Oscar, but a lot of cons too. Suddenly it all became about transformation. Every movie I did after Monster (2003) was jumped upon as yet another transformation. Even when I only had dirt on my face, like in North Country (2005) it was transformation.
  • I do all this work with Guillermo Arriaga on the The Burning Plain (2008) script, we explore all these themes, and then we come on these junkets and its like: So, you dont play a glamorous role again. Sometimes I just want to look at people and say, Have you really thought this through? You know, how many great stories can you tell in a Dior dress? Or is it because Ive done a Jadore perfume ad that I can only be one type of woman? I dont think women are that. We are many things. One day we wake up and we want to put on jeans and T-shirt, and the next day we want to fucking have our hair done. But that doesnt mean that I dont have access to raw emotion.
  • Asked if beauty is a problem for her: No. But it seems to be a problem for journalists.
  • I dont know how to say this without sounding strange. But I feel like having this tragedy [her mother shot her father] at such a young age has given me a leg up from other people. Because, man, from 16, I knew the value of life and I knew how quickly it could be taken away. And from that moment on, I made a choice to either swim or to drown, you know?
  • People want to think that I am this tortured soul, that my work is drawn only from this one well. And though I would never sit here and say that it didnt mark me, or mould me into the person that I am, my life has had many painful journeys and heartbreaks since my father died, many of which I draw on for my work.
  • [after becoming a US citizen in 2007] Youre stuck with me now.
  • I think women are way more conflicted than men, and I think we come from a society thats very comfortable with the Madonna-whore complex, you know. Were either really good hookers or really good mothers.
  • [on reconnecting with her roots in South Africa] Ive gone back several times. The only thing that really stuck with me the first time I went back was walking through the house that I grew up in, and everything seemed so small. It was such a bizarre feeling. I was like, My mother made me sleep in a closet.
  • Ive never been a fan of labels. And Im not a big fan of overly justifying bad behavior, or why people are the way they are. I think its a cop-out. And I dont have a lot of empathy for that.
  • I live a very simple life. I dont have to make these giant movies. I dont have a yacht or a private plane. As long as I can maintain this life, which is pretty low-maintenance and simple, then all of a sudden you dont have to worry about all that stuff. Its such a blessed place to be in. I dont have to take a job to pay a mortgage on a house that I cant afford. My life comes first, then my job. Im incredibly lucky to be in a position where I dont have to work all the time to live.
  • Its not like Ive been [offered] any great glamorous roles that had great conflict and great story-telling. But Im not going to be picky, because theyre hard to come by. If I sit around waiting for a good, glamorous story to come around, Im probably never going to work. So if you dont consider my character [in In the Valley of Elah] beautiful, Im sorry, but thats really me. Thats my natural hair color. Thats me with very little make-up. Theres no prosthetics. Thats what I look like. I think were starting to live in a culture where were so celebrity-obsessed that were starting to believe that when we see celebrities, theyre supposed to look like they do on magazine covers. But thats about people doing hair and make-up for you, and wearing big gowns. I look for roles involving good stories and good filmmakers. And its my job as an actor to service those stories as best I possibly can. Its not about how I look physically. Physicals the last thing I think of.
  • All of that stuff is really nice. I do have a bit of a guilt - I dont know if its the African in me - but Im one person and how much makeup do I need? I have a normal-sized closet. I donate things. I dont have a nature in me to want things in excess. I actually dont like it. A lot of times, I will auction it off and have it go to charity. And my friends benefit a lot. I call it Narnia. When I see a girlfriend and say, I like that top, shes like, Narnia, from your closet.
  • I dont really talk about my personal life and I dont really talk about my relationships. Im not a big partier. I like the simplicity of my life, and Ive chosen the kind of life I really want to live. I dont think my life is boring at all.
  • Theres this kind of idea that someone like me would be horrible with women. That acknowledgement that if you look a certain way, you cant be a girls girl. I have way deeper relationships with girls than I do with guys. I get along with guys. The women in my life are the ones who move me. It sounds so hokey, but Ive been blessed with incredible women in my life.
  • If you wouldnt wear your dog, please dont wear any fur.
  • Fur isnt necessary. It doesnt make sense to me to let these animals suffer for fashion.
  • I wasnt technically the greatest, but I succeeded and got lead roles because when I died, I died, and when I was spinning into madness, I was spinning into madness.
  • Its great fun when you have three people coming to your house, and ones doing your nails, ones doing your hair and ones doing your makeup. Two hours later, you look gorgeous. But thats not my life.
  • The people who inspire me are the ones who just live life and live it in a way thats good-natured. Do unto others what you want done unto yourself.
  • We all understand situations where its swim or drown. Sometimes we surprise ourselves when we start swimming and see how well we can do it.
  • [on Prometheus (2012/I) co-star Michael Fassbender ] I saw him in Shame (2011) , in which he plays a sex addict, and I didnt stop thinking about that film for weeks. No disrespect to the people who were nominated for Oscars, but the fact he wasnt to me was utter bulls
  • t. I think hes incredible. Hes so effortless that I want to punch him! It just seeps out of him.
  • I think the reason why female directors are so successful is because theyre not just telling women stories. They might be telling stories that affect women but their studies on men are done so well so that theyre universal directors. So I really believe this is a talent, and just understanding the human conflict is so good that they can tell any genre, any kind of story, and thats why I think theyre doing so well.
  • [on being cast in varying types of role] Every time, you start something from scratch. You cant really come into the new job carrying leftovers. But for me its somewhat easy because Ive never worked with two directors that are similar. Ive never worked with material that you approached the same way. I think thats what makes it fun and makes it interesting.


Charlize Theron Photoshoots

  • "W" (USA), August 2012, Vol. 41, Iss. 8, pg. 80-83, 85, 87, by: Mario Sorrenti, "Smash of the Titans"
  • "AD Rotterdams Dagblad" (Netherlands), 22 June 2012, "Nog meer sterren dan aan de hemel"
  • "TVFilm" (Netherlands), June 2012, Iss. 11, "Snow White and the Huntsman"
  • "W" (USA), February 2012, Vol. 41, Iss. 2, pg. 129-133, by: Mario Sorrenti, "Best Performances"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), 2012, Iss. 11, pg. 47, by: n/a, "Sexiest Starlets in Swimming Pool Scenes! - Charlize Theron"
  • "TVFilm" (Netherlands), 19 December 2009, Vol. 26, "Monster"
  • "TVFilm" (Netherlands), 19 December 2009, Vol. 26, "Goud die Charlize"
  • "Barely Legal" (USA), June 2006, Vol. 13, Iss. 10, pg. 21, by: Megan, "Must-See DVD: Special Academy Award Edition!"
  • "Playboy" (USA), March 2006, Vol. 53, Iss. 3, pg. 153, by: Anna Pocaro, "Grapevine: Welcome Back, Hotter"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 12, pg. 89, by: Stephen Rebello, "Sex in Cinema 2005"
  • "Playboy" (USA), March 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 3, pg. 80, by: staff, "Playboy's 25 Sexiest Celebrities"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2004, Vol. 51, Iss. 12, pg. 93, by: n/a, "Sex In Cinema 2004"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), October 2004, Vol. 28, Iss. 133, pg. 62-63, by: staff, "Blonde Ambition: Charlize Theron"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), September 2004, Iss. 132, pg. 121, by: staff, "Top 100 Sexiest Stars #4: Charlize Theron"
  • "Playboy" (USA), April 2004, Vol. 51, Iss. 4, pg. 36, by: staff, "Sleaze Frame"
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), January 2004, Vol. 28, Iss. 125, pg. 38-39, "Celebutantes"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2001, Vol. 48, Iss. 12, pg. 139, "Sex Stars - 2001"
  • "High Society" (USA), December 2001, Vol. 26, Iss. 12, pg. 19, by: staff, "2001 Cinema Sex Awards: Charlize Theron, "Reindeer Games" and "The Yards""
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), November 2001, Vol. 23, Iss. 100, pg. 92, "100 Sexiest Celebrities Of All Time Nude! #24 : Reliably Nude"
  • "Elle " (USA), 1 October 2001, Iss. 194, pg. 284-288+290+291+292+293+295+ 296+297, "Beyond the Blond"
  • "Esquire" (Turkey), June 2001, pg. 70 - 75, by: Peggy Sirota, "Charlize Theron Avaz Avaz"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 12, pg. 148, "Sex Stars 2000"
  • "Joy" (Hungary), December 2000, Vol. 3, Iss. 12, pg. 13, by: Christina Kubach
  • "Celebrity Skin" (USA), November 2000, Vol. 22, Iss. 90, pg. 36-37, by: staff, "Letters From Abroad: How About Them Apples?"
  • "Playboy" (USA), July 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 7, pg. 180, by: John Spellman, "Grapevine: Put the Squeeze on Charlize"
  • "In Style" (USA), July 2000, Vol. 7, Iss. 7, pg. 142, by: Eleni N. Gage, "Beauty Transformations"
  • "Total Film" (Hungary), June 2000, Iss. 14, pg. 11, by: Bálint Varga
  • "Esquire" (Turkey), January 2000
  • "Maxim's Book of Big Pictures" (USA), 2000, pg. 70-71, by: staff, "Charlize Angel"
  • "High Society" (USA), 2000, Vol. 25, Iss. 13, pg. 22-23, by: staff, "Charlize Theron's Swimming-Pool Striptease"
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 1999, Vol. 46, Iss. 12, pg. 152, by: Christopher Napolitano, "Sex Stars 1999"
  • "Playboy" (USA), May 1999, Vol. 46, Iss. 5, pg. 130-138, by: Guido Argentini, "Charlize"
  • "High Society" (USA), February 1999, Vol. 24, Iss. 2, pg. 29, by: staff, "Celebrity Exclusive: 'Might yJoe Young" & "The Astronauts' Wife""
  • "Playboy" (USA), December 1998, Vol. 45, Iss. 12, pg. 159, by: Gretchen Edgren, "Sex Stars Of 1998"
  • "Playboy" (USA), January 1998, Vol. 45, Iss. 1, pg. 210, by: Jim Smeal, "Grapevine: A Little Skin Is No Sin"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1998, Vol. 11, Iss. 2, pg. 78-81, by: staff, "The 25 Sexiest Women of 1998: #5 Charlize Theron"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1997, Vol. 10, Iss. 7, pg. 12-15, by: staff, "Just Arrived: 2 Days In The Valley"
  • "Max" (Greece), September 1996, Iss. 78, pg. 118-123, by: Sissy Karavia


Charlize Theron Other Works

  • TV commercial for Martini (1996).
  • TV commercial for Axe (1996).
  • TV commercial for L'Oreal Preference Haircolor (2004).
  • Print ads for Raymond Weil (2005).
  • TV commercial for J'adore Dior (2006). (2010) print ads le féminin absolu.
  • DVD commentary for Monster (2003) with 'Patty Jenkins' and 'Clark Peterson (I)' (2005).
  • Print advertisement for Breil Milano Watches (2008)
  • Print ads for Breil watches (2008).
  • (2009) co-host World Cup Soccer draw for South-Africa 2010.
  • (2009-11) TV commercial for J'Adore fragrance
  • (2009) TV commercial for Paries fragrance.
  • (July 2010) Music video for 'Brandon Flowers (I)' "Crossfire" single
  • (2010-11) Print ads for Christian Dior's J'Adore Dior fragrance.
  • (Fall, Winter 2011 - Winter, Spring 2012, and again Fall 2012) TV commercial for J'Adore Dior Parfum with (incorporated archive footage of) 'Marilyn Monroe' and 'Grace Kelly (I)' .
  • (2001) TV commercial: Honda Life (Japan)


Charlize Theron Trademarks

  • Blonde hair and green eyes
  • Statuesque, model-like figure


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      August 7, 1975

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