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Image Glamorous, beautiful, old-style movie star.

Best Known For Her Oscar win for Monster. Early Life Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in Benoni, South Africa. She was named after her father, Charles, who was killed when she was 15 - by her mother when she shot him in self-defence. Theron trained as a ballet dancer and performed professionally in her native country before moving to America. She got a job with New York's Joffrey Ballet, but was forced to quit following a knee injury. She made ends meet as a model before moving to Los Angeles.

Career An agent spotted Theron at a bank and signed her on the spot. After eight months of acting lessons she landed her first role. Tom Hanks cast her in That Thing You Do! in 1996, and she hasn't looked back. Movies such as The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, and Reindeer Games followed. In 2003, she starred in box-office smash-hit remake The Italian Job and the acclaimed Monster, for which she won an Oscar. Recent projects include The Road, Young Adult and the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.

Love Life Theron separated from Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010 after almost a decade together. Don't Mention Those who accuse her of neglecting her South African roots by losing her accent. "I haven't lost my culture, just my accent." She became a naturalised citizen of the United States in 2007. Quote "Looks alone won't get you that far. It may get you in the door, but there's always somebody younger, somebody prettier. You have to rely on something else."

. Charlize stars in of Elah, 10.45pm ? Charlize Theron stars in In the Valley of Elah, tonight, BBC2, 10.45pm
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2011
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