Dateline Movie Spotlight: Charlize Theron

With such diverse ancestral background as Dutch, German and French flowing in her veins, Charlize Theron is an actress to reckon with.  She was born in a farm in Benoni, in the outskirts of South Africa on August 7, 1975 and is the only child to parents Gerda and Charles Theron.  

She loves dancing ballet and is very passionate about it, and would have continued to dance but a knee injury ended her aspirations to be one.  In 1991, she won a modeling career when she is in Europe.  When she was 19 years old, she went to the United States and stayed in Los Angeles to try her luck in acting.  She was discovered in a way by John Crosby, when she made a scene while transacting in a bank because the cashier wouldn't encash her check.  

Her first non-speaking role was in the movie Children of the Corn III in 1995. Her first speaking role was in the movie 2 Days in the Valley in 1996.

After that, bigger roles and widely released Hollywood movies came.  Her career started to blossom in the late 1990s with movies like The Devil's Advocate opposite Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino in 1997, the Disney movie Mighty Joe Young in 1998 with Bill Paxton and directed by Ron Underwood and the Cider House Rules opposite Tobey Maguire and Michael Caine in 1999.  

Her most important movie was the crime-drama suspense thriller entitled The Monster in 2003 which was directed by Patty Jenkins and also stars Christina Ricci.  Her role as Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute serial killer won for her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 76th Academy Awards night in 2004.  She also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress.

She would again receive nominations for Best Actress at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe for her role as Josey Aimes in the drama movie North Country in 2005 which was directed by Niki Caro.

In 2009, she was cast to do the sequel of the Mad Max franchise which was first shown in 1979 and starred Mel Gibson and directed by George Miller.  The sequel will be entitled, Mad Max: Fury Road which is expected to be released on May 2015 with Tom Hardy as Mad Max and to be directed again by George Miller.

All-in-all she made dozens of movies since her movie career started in 1995. She made several TV specials, hosted and appeared twice in the Saturday Night Live show, became a judge in a popular cooking show The Master Chef, made several episodes in popular TV series, became a presenter in the FIFA World Cup in 2010, appeared in the music video Crossfire by Brandon Richard Flowers in 2010, became a UN Messenger of Peace, helped numerous charities and even established her own charity program called the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, appeared in countless magazine covers,  voiced two cartoon movies, received numerous citations and praises for her acting, became a product endorser, had been a supporter of animal and human rights organizations, voted, ranked and named as such by numerous polls and award giving bodies.

Charlize Theron has an adopted son with the name of Jackson.  She has a relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend but unfortunately it ended in 2010 after almost being together for nine years.  Presently she is now dating the 53 year old actor Sean Penn which started in early 2014. 

Lastly, a music video from the movie Sweet November opposite Keanu Reeves (her second movie with him), sung by Enya entitled Only Time, one of the feature songs in the movie.


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