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Name: Charlize Theron
Birth Date: August 7, 1975
Birth Place: Benoni, South Africa
was born in Benoni, South Africa, on August
7, 1975. Her father Charles worked on the family's
road construction business, which mother Gerda
took over after Charles' death in 1991. Charlize
experienced tragedy early on in her life, when
her mother shot her father in self-defense,
after he threatened to kill her and Charlize
in a drunken state.
But modeling was not fulfilling enough for Charlize,
who wanted to return to her original passion
-- dance -- after only a year as a model. While
modeling gave her the opportunity to travel,
she decided to stay in New York after a modeling
shoot in order to study ballet at the Joffrey
Ballet School in the Big Apple.
Unfortunately, Theron suffered a knee injury
that ended her ballet career. Jobless and broke,
Charlize headed for the West Coast with her
mother's support. In 1994, her luck changed
when she made a scene at a Los Angeles bank
after a teller refused to cash her check and
a talent scout noticed her.
After a role in Woody Allen's Celebrity as a
supermodel, the long-legged beauty starred in
the Disney film, Mighty Joe Young (both in 1998).
1999 was a big year for Charlize, with a string
of heftier roles; she co-starred with Johnny
Depp in The Astronaut's Wife and had a supporting
role in the Academy Award-winning film, The
Cider House Rules. She even made time to pose
for Play..boy's May 1999 issue.
In 2001, Theron reunited with Keanu Reeves for
the schmaltzy Sweet November (she apparently
turned down the lead female role in Pearl Harbor
for the role), and had a small part as a madam
in 15 Minutes. After a role in Woody Allen's
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and the
thriller Trapped (2002), Charlize showed off
her driving skills in the summer 2003 hit, The
Italian Job, with Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton.
In 2004, Charlize can add Head in the Clouds
(co-starring Penelope Cruz) and the HBO movie
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers to her resume.
She will also star as the title role in Aeon
Flux and in Class Action, both set for release
On the romantic front, Charlize Theron was dating
Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of Third Eye Blind,
from 1998 to 2001. While the band's song "Blinded
(When I See You)" seemed to have been written
with Charlize in mind, it's clear that she has
moved on: she is currently dating Irish actor
July 13, 2006
It was announced yesterday that Oscar winning
actress Charlize Theron and 'Alien' star Sigourney
Weaver are among the big-name stars who will
appear at this year's Edinburgh International
Film Festival (EIFF).
The actors will join the festival's patron,
Sean Connery, and 'Oceans 11' director Steven
Soderbergh, who are also due to participate
in the festival's 60th anniversary programme.
Weaver's new film, 'Snow Cake', will get its
UK premiere and Cuban hip-hop documentary, 'East
of Havana', which Theron produced and financed,
will also be shown at EIFF.
Douglas Mackinnon's 'The Flying Scotsman', based
on the true story of Scottish cycling champion
Graeme Obree's battle with depression, will
open the festival and the Carol Reed film noir
classic, 'Odd Man Out' - which dates back to
the first festival in 1947 - is the closing
This year EIFF, which takes place from 14 to
27 August, will showcase 163 films from 37 countries.
Jinx (2007) (announced) (in talks)
- The Ice at the Bottom
of the World (2007) (pre-production)
- The Brazilian Job (2006)
(pre-production) .... Stella Bridger
- Arrested Development"
- Æon Flux (2005)
.... Aeon Flux
- North Country (2005) ....
- Head in the Clouds (2004)
.... Gilda Besséa
- The Life and Death of
Peter Sellers (2004) .... Britt Ekland
- Monster (2003) .... Aileen
- The Italian Job (2003)
.... Stella Bridger
- Waking Up in Reno (2002)
.... Candy Kirkendall
- Trapped (2002) .... Karen
- The Curse of the Jade
Scorpion (2001) .... Laura Kensington
- 15 Minutes (2001) ....
- Sweet November (2001)
.... Sara Deever
- The Legend of Bagger Vance
(2000) .... Adele Invergordon
- Men of Honor (2000) ....
- The Yards (2000) ....
- Reindeer Games (2000)
.... Ashley Mercer