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Charlize Theron
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Theron at WonderCon in 2012
Born 7 August 1975 (1975-08-07) (age 46)
Benoni, South Africa
Citizenship South African (lifelong)
American (2007-present)
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress. She won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Monster. She was nominated for her role in the movie North Country. Theron can speak three languages, her first being Afrikaans.

Early life

Theron was born in Benoni near Johannesburg in Gauteng. Her ancestry is French, German and Dutch.


At the age of sixteen, she won a local modelling competition and went to Milan, Italy for a one-year contract. After her modelling contract was over, she moved to New York, United States, and became a ballet dancer. She injured her knee at the age of eighteen, ending her career of being a ballet dancer.

She did star in a few movies, but only really became noticed when she portrayed the life of Aileen Wuornos, in the movie Monster. She won an Oscar for her role in this movie.

After this, she got a lot of attention from the perfume label, Dior, and appeared in some of their advertisements.

She also does a lot of community work, including for PETA, for their anti-fur ads. She also works with animal rights activists and supports same-sex marriage. She has become one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses.

Theron became an American citizen in 2007.


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Theron at the 82nd Academy Awards on 7 March 2010
Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
1995 Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Eli's follower James D. R. Hickox Uncredited
Direct-to-video release

1996 2 Days in the Valley Helga Svelgen John Herzfeld
1996 That Thing You Do! Tina Powers Tom Hanks
1997 Trial and Error Billie Tyler Jonathan Lynn
1997 The Devil's Advocate Mary Ann Lomax Taylor Hackford
1998 Celebrity Supermodel Woody Allen
1998 Mighty Joe Young Jill Young Ron Underwood
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Jillian Armacost Rand Ravich
1999 The Cider House Rules Candy Kendall Lasse Hallström
2000 Reindeer Games Ashley Mercer John Frankenheimer
2000 The Yards Erica Stoltz James Gray
2000 Men of Honor Gwen Sunday George Tillman, Jr.
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Adele Invergordon Robert Redford
2001 Sweet November Sara Deever Pat O'Connor
2001 15 Minutes Rose Hearn John Herzfeld
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Laura Kensington Woody Allen
2002 Trapped Karen Jennings Luis Mandoki
2002 Waking Up in Reno Candy Kirkendall Jordan Brady
2003 The Italian Job Stella Bridger F. Gary Gray
2003 Monster Aileen Wuornos Patty Jenkins Also producer
2004 Head in the Clouds Gilda Bessé John Duigan
2005 North Country Josey Aimes Niki Caro
2005 Æon Flux Æon Flux Karyn Kusama
2006 East of Havana Jauretsi Saizarbitoria
Emilia Menocal

2007 In the Valley of Elah Det. Emily Sanders Paul Haggis
2007 Battle in Seattle Ella Stuart Townsend
2008 Sleepwalking Joleen Reedy William Maher Also producer
2008 Hancock Mary Embrey Peter Berg
2008 The Burning Plain Sylvia Guillermo Arriaga Also executive producer
2009 The Road Wife John Hillcoat
2009 Astro Boy Narrator David Bowers Voice only
2011 Young Adult Mavis Gary Jason Reitman
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Queen Ravenna Rupert Sanders
2012 Prometheus Meredith Vickers Ridley Scott
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Anna Seth MacFarlane
2015 Dark Places Libby Day Gilles Paquet-Brenner Also producer
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa George Miller
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Queen Ravenna Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
2016 The Last Face Wren Petersen Sean Penn
2016 Kubo and the Two Strings Monkey/Sariatu Travis Knight Voice only
2016 Brain on Fire Gerard Barrett Producer
2017 Atomic Blonde Lorraine Broughton David Leitch Also producer
2017 The Fate of the Furious Cipher F. Gary Gray
2018 GringoFilms that have not yet been released TBA Edgerton, NashNash Edgerton Filming
also producer
2018 TullyFilms that have not yet been released Marlo Reitman, JasonJason Reitman Post-production
also producer
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Title Year Role(s) Channel Notes Ref(s)
Hollywood Confidential 1997 Sally Bowen UPN Television film
Saturday Night Live 2000 Host NBC Episode: "Charlize Theron / Paul Simon"
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 Britt Ekland HBO Television film
Arrested Development 2005 Rita Leeds FOX 5 episodes
Robot Chicken 2006 Daniel's Mother / Mother / Waitress Adult Swim Episode: "Book of Corrine"
Voice only
Hatfields & McCoys 2013 NBC Executive producer
Television pilot
Saturday Night Live 2014 Host NBC Episode: "Charlize Theron / The Black Keys"
Girlboss 2017 Netflix Executive producer
MindhunterTelevision series that have not yet been released 2017 Netflix Executive producer
Television series that have not yet been released Denotes television series that have not yet been released

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