Charlize Theron Biography
When Charlize Theron was only fifteen, she witnessed the death of her father. Charles Theron was an abusive alcoholic. Gerda shot her husband, in self-defense, when he attacked her. There were no charges laid against Charlizes mother.
When she was 16, Charlize Theron traveled to Italy for a one-year modeling gig, which was a prize for a local competition that she won back home. When she was modeling in New York, her modeling contract ended, but Charlize Theron decided to stay in the city and attend Joffrey Ballet School. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury, her ballet career was over at age 18.
Unable to accept defeat, Charlize Theron bought a ticket to L.A. where she pursued an acting career. Eight months after transferring to Los Angeles, she received a non-speaking role, her first film ever, in the film Children of the Corn III.
During the late 1990s, Charlize Theron became widely popular when she appeared in major box office successes like Mighty Joe Young, The Devils Advocate and The Cider House Rules. However, it was in the 2003 film, Monster where Charlize Theron starred as the serial killer, Aileen Wuornos that she received critical acclaim and received numerous awards including an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for Best Actress.
Aside from acting, Charlize Theron is the spokesperson for Christian Dior perfume and Raymond Weil watches. She received her bronze star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 2005. Charlize Theron also played an amazing performance in the drama film, North Country, which led to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She is reported to be #7 of Hollywoods highest-paid actresses behind Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
Charlize Theron is actively involved in womens rights organizations and is a strong supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. In 2007, Charlize Theron became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Charlize Theron dated Third Eye Blind vocalist, Stephan Jenkins between 1998 and 2001. She now lives with her long-time boyfriend Stuart Townsend.