Charlize Theron was born in South Africa in 1975. Her native language is Afrikaans. When she was 16, she spent a year modeling in Italy. At the end of that year, she moved to New York to attend the Joffrey Ballet School. Her intent was to be a dancer, but a knee injury put an end to that.
At 19, she was recruited by an acting agent and began her career in film. Her first speaking role was as a hitwoman in the 1996 film Two Days in the Valley. She kept busy, doing at least two films a year and four in 2000. In 2003 she starred in the film Monster and the next spring won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Two years later she was nominated for another Oscar for North Country. She also has four Golden Globe nominations, winning one for Monster, and an Emmy nomination.
Scrolling through the images for the below films, you’ll notice a chameleon quality to Charlize Theron. She’s a stunning statuesque model, but has not been at all afraid of subduing that beauty for a role, most noticeably for Monster, in which she was unrecognizable.