Charlize Theron – South African and American Academy Award-winning actress

Charlize Theron

(August 7, 1975, Benoni, South Africa)
Citizenship: United States of America, South Africa
Category: Celebrities
Occupation: Actors, Film Directors, Models
Unique distinction: First African woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress (Monster, 2003)
Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Height: 5′ 9½” (1.77 m)
Weight: 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
Measurements: 36B-24-36 (US); 91,4-61-91 сm (EU)

1. You are only as great as the opportunities given to you.
2. I have been working a lot, and I like it. And you know, it’s hard for me not to. I guess I’ve been working a lot because I get to play with brilliant people.
3. When I’m working I don’t have room to think about myself and my own issues. It’s really freeing. There is no room for me, which is really nice.
4. I think in life we want to challenge ourselves.
5. I don’t think you can create anything interesting from a comfort zone. You have to work from a place of fear and failure.
6. When a person lives a very happy life they become beautiful.
7. I love being a woman and I love being feminine.
8. What I know in my heart is that women and girls on the ground are powerful and that they are leaders.

Achievements and contributions:

Social and professional position: Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress, film producer, director, and model.
The main contribution to (Best Known for): She is best known for her roles in such films as ‘North Country’ and for portraying the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the crime thriller ‘Monster’ for which she won an Academy Award.
Theron was the first South African-born woman to win an Academy Award (after the man – Ted Moore).

Her contributions:

One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress,  Golden Globe Award,  Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her portrayal of a serial killer in Monster (2003).
Her wins and awards.
Academy Award USA.   Wins -1, nominations -3.  
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Monster (2004).
2 Nomination for Academy Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role North Country (2006),  Bombshell (2020)
Golden Globe Awards. Wins -1, nominations -5.
She won 1 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Monster (2003).
5 Nominations for Golden Globe Award.
For Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama North Country (2005),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Young Adult (2011).
Best Actress in a Motion Picture  – Tully (2019), Bombshell (2020)
BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards.
3 nominations.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Monster (2003),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role North Country (2005),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBombshell (2020).
Berlin International Film Festival.
Win -1.
Best Actress – Monster (2003).
MTV Movie Awards. Win -1. Nominations -5.
Win -Best Female Performance Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Critics’ Choice Awards. Win – 2. Nominations -6.
On September 30, 2005, Theron received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Notable films: 2 Days in the Valley (1996), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), The Astronaut’s Wife (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), North Country (2005), Young Adult (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Atomic Blonde (2017), and The Old Guard (2020).
Producer:  Charlize Theron has produced numerous films, in many of which she had a starring role, including Monster (2003), East of Havana Documentary (2006), Sleepwalking (2008), The Burning Plain (2008), Young Adult (2011), Dark Places (2015), and Long Shot (2019).
Net worth – $110 million. In 2019 Forbes ranked her as the ninth highest-paid actress in the world, with an annual income of $23 million.
Movies: Children of the Corn III (1995), That Thing You Do (1996), Trial and Error (1997), Celebrity (1998), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Astronaut’s Wife (1999),
Reindeer Games (2000), The Yards (2000), Men of Honor (2000), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Sweet November (2001), 15 Minutes (2001), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Trapped (2002) Waking Up in Reno (2002), The Italian Job (2003), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Head in the Clouds (2004), North Country (2005), Aeon Flux (2005), In the Valley of Elah (2007), Sleepwalking (2008), Hancock (2008), Battle in Seattle (2008), The Burning Plain, The Road, Astro Boy (2009),
Snow White & the Huntsman, Prometheus (2012), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), Dark Places (2015), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016),  Atomic Blonde (2017), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Tully (2018), Gringo (2018),  Long Shot  (2019) Murder Mystery (2019),  Bombshell (2019),
The Old Guard (2020),  F 9 (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021).

Career and personal life:

Family background: Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda Jacoba Aletta (née Maritz and Charles Jacobus Theron (born 27 November 1947). Her father is of French descent and her mother is of German descent French Ancestry Paternal side German Ancestry Maternal side.
Education: Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein). At thirteen, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg.

Career highlights:

Charlize Theron became a fashion model at age 14 and at 16 she entered a Johannesburg modelling contest, which she won. She also won a one-year modelling contract at a local competition in Salerno and with her mother moved to Milan, Italy.
After Theron spent a year modelling throughout Europe, she and her mother moved to the USA.
In New York, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School and in 1994, Theron flew to Los Angeles, where she made her film debut in the horror film Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995). She got to play her first speaking role the following year in the black comedy crime film 2 Days in the Valley 1996.
In 1997, she starred in the mystery thriller, The Devil’s Advocate with  Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in leading roles.
In 1999  Theron played in the drama film  The Cider House Rules, which won two Academy Awards.   
In 2000 She starred in such films as  Reindeer Games with  Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, The Yards, the sports drama film  Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance with  Will Smith, Matt Damon and  Men of Honor with  Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding. 
In 2001 she appeared with Keanu Reeves in the romantic drama  Sweet November. 
On February 29, 2004, she won her first Academy Award and Silver Bear, and Golden Globe Award for her performance in the crime film Monster (2003).
In  2004 she played in the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and received Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her role as Britt Ekland in this film.
In 2005 Theron starred in the drama film, North Country and in the video game adaptation Aeon Flux. She received Best Actress Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her lead performance in the drama North Country and earned US$10 million for both those subsequent films, and was included in the list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
In 2008 she starred with Will Smith in the superhero comedy-drama film Hancock and appeared in the drama films Sleepwalking and in the drama film The Burning Plain with Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Basinger.  
Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with comedy-drama Young Adult and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as the dark fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and science fiction film Prometheus (2012), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), mystery thriller film Dark Places(2015) and action film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
In 2016 she reprised her role as Queen Ravenna in the fantasy epic The Huntsman: Winter’s War (her Salary -was $10 000 000).
In 2016, Time Magazine named her on the annual Time 100 most influential people list. In 2017, she starred in Atomic Blonde with James McAvoy.
In 2018 Theron played the mother of three in the black comedy Tully and the president of a pharmaceutical in the crime film Gringo and produced the biographical war drama film A Private War.
In 2019, Theron produced and starred in the romantic comedy film Long Shot.
Theron next starred as Megyn Kelly in the drama Bombshell, For her work in the film, Theron was nominated for an Academy Award Golden Globe Award BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Theron produced and starred in The Old Guard directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood which was released in July 2020.
In 2021 she next reprised her role as Cipher in F9.

Personal life:  

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni (South Africa) and was raised on a farm outside the city.
Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007 while retaining her South African citizenship. Theron’s first public relationship was with actor Craig Bierko, whom she dated from 1995 to 1997. Theron was in a three-year relationship with singer Stephan Jenkins until October 2001.
In 2002 she began a relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, with whom she starred in Trapped (2002) and Head in the Clouds (2004). The couple lived together in Los Angeles and Ireland. After nearly nine years together they separated in January 2010.
In December 2013, she began dating actor Sean Penn, but they split in June 2015.
Theron has two adopted children. In March 2012 she adopted a boy, whom she named Jackson Theron (b. November 2011).
In July 2015 she adopted a girl, whom she named August.
In April 2019, Theron revealed that Jackson, then seven years old, is a transgender girl.
Her first language is Afrikaans, she has green eyes and Danced professionally.
Activism: Charlize Theron is also a philanthropist and social activist. In 2008, she was honoured by the United Nations when she became the organization’s tenth messenger of peace. She created her own charity, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which helps African youth in their fight against AIDS.
Theron is involved in women’s rights organizations and also is a supporter of animal rights as an active member of PETA.
She lives in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.
Zest: Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans. She was the only child in the family. Ranked #1 in Ask Men’s top 99 “most desirable” women of 2003. Has said her favourite actor is Tom Hanks. She is inspired by actresses Susan Sarandon and Sigourney Weaver.