Charlize Theron

Biography

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.

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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Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1975-08-08

Place of Birth Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Adult Actor False

Official Site http://www.charlizetheron.com

Also Known As

  • Sharliz Teron

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Fast 8 as Cipher
2016 The Coldest City as Lorraine Broughton
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings as Monkey (voice)
2016 The Last Face as Dr. Wren Petersen
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War as Ravenna
2015 Take Flight
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa
2015 Dark Places as Libby Day
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West as Anna
2012 The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus as Herself
2012 Prometheus as Meredith Vickers
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman as Queen Ravenna
2011 Young Adult as Mavis Gary
2010 Wikus and Charlize as Charlize Theron
2009 The Road as Mother
2009 Astro Boy as Narrator
2008 The Burning Plain as Sylvia/Mariana
2008 Hancock as Mary Embrey
2008 Sleepwalking as Joleen
2008 Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis(1 episode)
2007 Battle in Seattle as Ella
2007 In the Valley of Elah as Detective Emily Sanders
2005 Æon Flux as Æon Flux
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2005 North Country as Josey Aimes
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Britt Ekland
2004 Head in the Clouds as Gilda Bessé
2003 Monster as Aileen
2003 Arrested Development(5 episodes)
2003 Arrested Development(23 episodes) as Rita
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(2 episodes)
2003 The Italian Job as Stella Bridger
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(2 episodes)
2002 Waking Up in Reno as Candy Kirkendall
2002 Trapped as Karen Jennings
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Laura Kensington
2001 15 Minutes as Rose Hearn
2001 Sweet November as Sara
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance as Adele Invergordon
2000 Men of Honor as Gwen Sunday
2000 The Yards as Erica Soltz
2000 Reindeer Games as Ashley Mercer
1999 The Cider House Rules as Candy Kendall
1999 The Early Show(1 episode)
1999 Rove(1 episode) as Herself
1999 The Astronaut's Wife as Jillian Armacost
1998 Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
1998 Celebrity as Supermodel
1997 The Devil's Advocate as Mary Ann Lomax
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 Trial and Error as Billie Tyler
1996 That Thing You Do! as Tina
1996 2 Days in the Valley as Helga Svelgen
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(2 episodes)
1995 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as Young Woman (uncredited)
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(3 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1988 This Morning(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(3 episodes)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode) as Herself
1952 Today(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(4 episodes) as Charlize Theron
1900 Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project
1900 American Express
1900 Everything Nice as Michaela (rumored)
1900 Tully as Marlo
1900 Hancock 2 as Mary Embrey

Production

2016 Brain on Fire … Producer
2016 Girlboss(0 episodes) … Executive Producer
2015 Dark Places … Producer
2006 East of Havana … Producer
2003 Monster … Producer
1900 Everything Nice … Producer
1900 American Express … Producer
1900 Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project … Producer

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