Charlize Theron, Who said models can't act? This South African stunner proved she was more
than just a pretty face by winning an Oscar for her performance in 2003's Monster. Mind you, we
knew she was a great actress as early as 2001, when she pretended to take Keanu Reeves seriously
in Sweet November

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a little farming community outside Johannesburg, South
Africa on August 7th, 1975. Her mother, Gerda, is German, while her late father, Charles, was
French (she was named after him). Charlize grew up on a farm outside Benoni as the only child. She
got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and the "Nutcracker
Suite". There wasn't much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled
to Europe and United States of America, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She
was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.

Charlize began her modeling career in 1991 aged 16 when she won a local modeling contest. She
started modeling in Europe and came to New York a year later. She didn't like being a model though,
and decided to try her luck with ballet, which had been her biggest passion as a child.
Unfortunately, a knee injury prevented her from dancing. Her mother bought her a one-way ticket
to Los Angeles in 1994 and Charlize started visiting all of the agents on Hollywood Boulevard but
without any luck. She went to the bank to cash a check for $500 she'd got from her mother and
became furious when she learned that the bank could not cash her check because it was an out-state
check. She made a scene and an agent gave her his card, in exchange that she learn the language,
which she did by watching soap operas on TV. Her first role was as a young mother in a park in a
B-film in 1995, but it was a non-speaking role with three seconds of screen time. Her next role was
as Helga in 2 Days in the Valley (1996), which landed her the role of Tina in That Thing You Do!
(1996). Since then, she has starred in movies like The Devil's Advocate (1997); Mighty Joe Young
(1998); The Cider House Rules (1999); The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) and The Italian Job
(2003). An important day in her life was February 29th, 2004 when she was awarded with her first
Academy Award for her performance in Monster (2003).

Awards
2008
Hasty Pudding Theatricals -  Woman of the Year   
2007
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #4
CineVegas International Film Festival  - Half-Life Award   
2006
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #3
GLAAD Media Awards - Vanguard Award   
Golden Camera, Germany -  Golden Camera Film International
Los Angeles Film Festival - Spirit of Independence Award  
2005
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #3
Hollywood Film Festival - Actress of the Year
2004
Delta 99 Most Desirable Women   #5
Academy Awards -Oscar - Best Actress in a Leading Role   for: Monster
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Critics Choice Award - Best Actress   for: Monster
Camerimage  - Krzysztof Kieslowski Award   
Central Ohio Film Critics Association - Best Actress   for: Monster
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress   for: Monster
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress   for: Monster
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama   for: Monster
Independent Spirit Awards - Best Female Lead   for: Monster
Independent Spirit Awards - Best First Feature   for: Monster
                          Shared with: Patty Jenkins (director), Mark Damon (producer),
                          Donald Kushner (producer), Clark Peterson (producer), Brad Wyman (producer)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Award Best Actress   for: Monster
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Actress   for: Monster
Satellite Awards - Golden Satellite Award  - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture,
                          Drama    for: Monster
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
                                             for: Monster
Vancouver Film Critics Circle - Best Actress   for: Monster
2003
National Board of Review - Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress   for: Monster
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress   for: Monster
2000
Bambi Awards - Shooting Star: Female
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#4 Charlize Theron
2007   Delta 99