Charlize Theron is a South African-born (7 August 1975) American actress and former fashion model best known for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2004 feature film Monster, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Theron was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa. Her father, Charles Theron, was a construction company owner of French Huguenot, descent; her mother, Gerda, is of German descent and took over her husband's business after his death.
Theron's first language is Afrikaans, She is also fluent in English and speaks some Xhosa. (In the United States, both in her films and while being interviewed, etc., Theron speaks with a typical American accent and style of speech, leading most Americans to assume she is American.)
"Theron" is a French surname pronounced in Afrikaans as "Tronn," although she has said that she prefers the pronunciation "Thrown." The pronunciation commonly used in the United States is as spelled: THER-on.
She attended a boarding school at the age of thirteen and at the age of fifteen, she saw her dad being killed by her mother as an act of self-defence. No charges were pressed against her mother.
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 serial killer, 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 has become one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses.
Her vital statistics are:
Country: South Africa and USA
Star sign: Leo
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Blond
Height: 5 ft 9.75 in (177 cm)
Website: www.charlizetheron.com / www.charlizeafricaoutreach.org
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