Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in Benoni, South Africa. She has Afrikaner, French, German and Dutch ancestry.

Theron studied at Putfontein Primary School and later, in the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Being a teenager, she witnessed her father’s death after her mother shot him for self-defence. Though Charlize dreamt about becoming a dancer, at 16, she signed her first modeling contract and moved to Italy. In a year, she moved to the USA. In New York, she took ballet lessons at the Joffrey Ballet School, but after a serious injury, she wasn’t able to continue training.

At 19, Theron moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. Her movie debut was a non-speaking role in “Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest” (1995). In 1996, she appeared in “2 Days in the Valley” in a supporting role. In late 1990s, she had more successful roles in “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997), “Mighty Joe Young” (1998) and “The Cider House Rules” (1999). Her other famous movies are “Sweet November” (2001), “Monster” (2003)(for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award), “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (2004), “North Country” (2005), “Hancock” (2008), “Prometheus” (2012) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015).

In 2004, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The same year, she signed a contract with John Galliano, who considers her to be his muse, and became a face of “J’adore” perfumes.

Charlize Theron dated actor Craig Bierko, musician Stephan Jenkins, actor Stuart Townsend and Sean Pean. She adopted two children, son Jackson and daughter August.