Charlize Theron Biography |
  • Charlize Theron Biography

    Born: August 07, 1975 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

    With her ability to capture a plethora of characters, Oscar®-winning actress Charlize Theron relentlessly demands the audience's full attention as soon as she appears on screen. This South African native is continuously being praised and admired for her inspiring and powerful performances.

    Theron captivated audiences as female serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the independent gem MONSTER. For her emotionally devastating performance in that film, she received the Academy Award®, the Independent Spirit Award and the National Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Actress. She also won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online and Southeastern Film Critics awards and the Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review.

    Charlize was next seen in the drama NORTH COUNTRY, opposite Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek for director Niki Caro. Based on the real-life story of a group of women coal miners and the hostile work environment they faced on a daily basis, NORTH COUNTRY received great praise. Her incredible performance as Josey Aimes garnered her nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG, Critics Choice and an Oscar®. 

    Theron also captivated audiences in HBO's THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, opposite Geoffrey Rush, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Emmys.

    Charlize was recently seen as Detective Emily Sanders in the film IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH written and directed by Paul Haggis. Soon after she received rave reviews for her film SLEEPWALKING, in which she both produced and co-starred alongside Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Nick Stahl and AnnaSophia Robb.

    Most recently she was seen in HANCOCK, starring alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman. Directed by Peter Berg, HANCOCK is an action comedy which was released by Sony Pictures in the summer of 2008. In addition, Theron recently finished filming and executive producing Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut THE BURNING PLAIN in which she plays Sylvia, a woman who is forced to take an emotional journey to rid herself of a sin from her past. Theron stars alongside Kim Basinger in this upcoming drama produced by 2929 Productions.  

    Moviegoers were first introduced to the seductive charm of Charlize Theron in her feature film debut, MGM's 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, with James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Jeff Daniels. She has also been seen co-starring alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in DEVILS ADVOCATE; with Tom Hanks in THAT THING YOU DO; and in Jonathan Lynn's TRIAL AND ERROR. In addition, Theron starred in Woody Allen's CELEBRITY, which she then followed with MIGHTY JOE YOUNG with Bill Paxton. In 1999 Theron starred in the Oscar®-nominated THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and in New Line Cinema's THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, with Johnny Depp. In 2000, the much in-demand Theron tackled back-to-back roles in the following movies: Robert Redford's THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, with Will Smith and Matt Damon, Fox 2000's MEN OF HONOR, with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Frankenheimer's REINDEER GAMES, with Ben Affleck and Miramax's THE YARDS, co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway.

    In 2001, Theron illuminated the screen in the Warner Bros tearjerker SWEET NOVEMBER, alongside Keanu Reeves, as well as in Woody Allen's CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, co-starring Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd and David Ogden Stiers. In the fall of 2002 Theron starred opposite Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton in WAKING UP IN RENO. She then moved on to star alongside Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Dakota Fanning in the feature film TRAPPED, directed by Luis Mandoki.

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