• Faith: Pagan
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  August 07, 1975
  • Accomplishments:  Academy Award, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • Fun Faith Fact!: 

    Became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2007.

Charlize Theron was born in South Africa, near Johannesburg, and although she speaks English, her first language is Afrikaans. She is an only child, and her mother shot and killed her abusive alcoholic father in self defense when Charlize was very young.

When Charlize was a teenager, she won a one-year modeling contract and she and her mother moved to Italy so they could be closer to the European destinations her contract required. After that year, she and her mother moved to New York where Charlize attended Joffrey Ballet School, but a knee injury ended any dance career aspirations Charlize had.

She bought a one-way airline ticket to Los Angeles after this, intending to jumpstart a film career, which she has obviously been successful at achieving. After several smaller roles, she landed the starring role in Monster, which cemented her presence in Hollywood as a major player.

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