Charlize Theron



Charlize Theron

Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

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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The Cider House Rules
Candy Kendall
The Devil's Advocate
Mary Ann Lomax
Sweet November
Reindeer Games
Ashley Mercer
15 Minutes
Rose Hearn
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Laura Kensington
The Astronaut's Wife
Jillian Armacost
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Britt Ekland
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Adele Invergordon
The Road
Waking Up in Reno
Candy Kirkendall
In the Valley of Elah
Detective Emily Sanders
Æon Flux
Aeon Flux
Men of Honor
Gwen Sunday
Mary Embrey
Karen Jennings
2 Days in the Valley
Helga Svelgen
That Thing You Do!
The Italian Job
Stella Bridger
North Country
Josey Aimes
Mighty Joe Young
Jill Young
Battle in Seattle
The Burning Plain
Astro Boy
Trial and Error
Billie Tyler
Head in the Clouds
Gilda Bessé
The Yards
Erica Soltz
Meredith Vickers
Young Adult
Mavis Gary
Snow White and the Huntsman
Queen Ravenna
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus
Dark Places
Libby Day
A Million Ways to Die in the West
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Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project
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Wikus and Charlize
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The Huntsman: Winter's War
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Eli's Follower
Everything Nice
Michaela (rumored)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Imperator Furiosa
Kubo and the Two Strings
Monkey (voice)
Atomic Blonde
Lorraine Broughton
The Last Face
Dr. Wren Petersen
The Fate of the Furious
Journey to the Oscars
Herself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
Hollywood Confidential
Take Flight


The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
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The View
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
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Arrested Development
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Inside the Actors Studio
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This Morning
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The Early Show
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The Colbert Report
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The Academy Awards
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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
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Saturday Night Live
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The Grand Tour
The Orville
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