Charlize Theron

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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2003: Aileen Wuornos - Monster
1999: Candy Kendall - The Cider House Rules
1997: Mary Ann Lomax - The Devil's Advocate
2001: Sara - Sweet November
2000: Ashley Mercer - Reindeer Games
2001: Rose Hearn - 15 Minutes
2001: Laura Kensington - The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
1999: Jillian Armacost - The Astronaut's Wife
2004: Britt Ekland - The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
2000: Adele Invergordon - The Legend of Bagger Vance
2009: Mother - The Road
2002: Candy Kirkendall - Waking Up in Reno
2007: Detective Emily Sanders - In the Valley of Elah
2005: Æon Flux - Æon Flux
2000: Gwen Sunday - Men of Honor
2008: Mary Embrey - Hancock
2002: Karen Jennings - Trapped
1996: Helga Svelgen - 2 Days in the Valley
1998: Supermodel - Celebrity
1996: Tina - That Thing You Do!
2003: Stella Bridger - The Italian Job
2005: Josey Aimes - North Country
1998: Jill Young - Mighty Joe Young
2008: Ella - Battle in Seattle
2008: Sylvia / Mariana - The Burning Plain
2008: Joleen - Sleepwalking
2009: Narrator - Astro Boy
1997: Billie Tyler - Trial and Error
2004: Gilda Bessé - Head in the Clouds
2000: Erica Soltz - The Yards
2012: Meredith Vickers - Prometheus
2011: Mavis Gary - Young Adult
2012: Queen Ravenna - Snow White and the Huntsman
2012: Herself - The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus
2015: Libby Day - Dark Places
2014: Anna - A Million Ways to Die in the West
2018: Elaine Markinson - Gringo
Force
2019: Charlotte Field - Long Shot
2010: Charlize Theron - Wikus and Charlize
2016: Queen Ravenna - The Huntsman: Winter's War
1995: Eli's Follower - Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Michaela (rumored) - Everything Nice
2015: Imperator Furiosa - Mad Max: Fury Road
2016: Monkey (voice) - Kubo and the Two Strings
2017: Lorraine Broughton - Atomic Blonde
2016: Dr. Wren Petersen - The Last Face
2017: Cipher - The Fate of the Furious
2018: Marlo Moreau - Tully
1997: Sally - Hollywood Confidential
2015: Herself - Take Flight
Lorraine Broughton - Atomic Blonde 2
2019: Megyn Kelly - Bombshell
2019: Morticia Addams (voice) - The Addams Family
The Old Guard
2015: Self - The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
2015: Herself - Maximum Fury: Filming 'Fury Road'
2020: Cipher - Fast & Furious 9

TV CREDITS:
2003: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
1983: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1997: The View
1996: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
1992: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
1993: Late Night with Conan O'Brien
2003: Rita Leeds - Arrested Development
1994: Inside the Actors Studio
1988: This Morning
1952: Today
1999: The Early Show
2005: The Colbert Report
1953: The Academy Awards
2008: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
1975: Herself - Saturday Night Live
1953: Charlize Theron - The Academy Awards
1999: Herself - Rove
2016: Herself - The Grand Tour
2016: Herself - Chelsea
2017: Pria Lavesque - The Orville
2015: Herself - Hot Ones
2005: The Reichen Show
1975: Herself - Host - Saturday Night Live
1966: herself - Goldene Kamera Verleihung
1948: herself - Bambi-Verleihung
2019: Herself - Illustrious Guest - Desus & Mero
1997: Herself - The View