The story of Charlize Theron has its tragic moments but it is – without a doubt – inspiring.
Charlize was born and grew up on a farm in South Africa. She was an only child. Both of her parents were of European descent. Charlize was named after her father, Charles. Charles was an abusive alcoholic. During one of his drunken rages he attacked Charlize’s mother who shot him to death in self-defense. She was acquitted. Charlize Theron’s bond with her mother continues to be strong, with her mother being her strongest supporter.
Charlize view of the tragedy that took place when she was a child? In Theron’s own words:
“I don’t believe in charmed lives. I think that tragedy is part of the lesson you learn to lift yourself up, to pick yourself up and to move on.”
It was Charlize’s mom who realized that Charlize’s remarkable beauty requires wider exposure than South Africa could offer. Shortly after winning in a local modeling contest at the age of 16, Charlize went to Europe where she begun her modeling career. (She tried her talent at ballet as well but a knee injury put an end to her dancing ambition.) Still, Theron wasn’t happy as a model and set her sights on Hollywood.
Upon arrival in Hollywood (with a one –way ticket no less!) she approached most Hollywood agents looking for a way into the movie industry. No one took an interest in her. She run out of money shortly after and when a check from her mother arrived, the bank put a hold on it. As luck would have it, her outburst at the bank attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent. (Apparently, one she didn’t contact before.) He helped her under the condition that she improves her English and learn American accent. Charlize obliged. This was the beginning of Charlize Theron’s Hollywood career. Only two years later her actual climb to the top was underway.
In 1996 she played Helga in 2 Days in the Valley; her performance led to the role of Tina (That Thing You Do!). Starting in 1997 richer roles seem to have been falling in Theron’s lap:
- 1997 Trial and Error
- 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
- 1997 The Devil’s Advocate
- 1998 Celebrity
- 1999 The Yards
- 1998 Mighty Joe Young
- 1999 The Astronaut’s Wife
- 1999 The Cider House Rules
- 2000 Reindeer Games
- 2000 Men of Honor
- 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
- 2001 Sweet November
- 2001 15 Minutes
- 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
- 2002 Trapped
- 2002 Waking Up in Reno
- 2003 The Italian Job
It was however her non-glamorous role in Monster (she had to gain a lot of weight for the role) in which she portrayed a real-life prostitute who became a serial killer that’s proven her acting talent, resulted in an avalanche of glowing reviews and culminated in an Academy Award, the official recognition of her peers.
Since then Charliz Theron starred in several notable films such as (this is not a complete list):
- 2004 Head in the Clouds
- 2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
- 2005 Arrested Development (starred as Rita in the TV series)
- 2005 Æon Flux
- 2005 North Country
- 2007 Battle in Seattle
- 2007 In the Valley of Elah
- 2008 The Burning Plain
- 2008 Hancock
- 2008 Sleepwalking
- 2009 The Road
- 2011 Young Adult
- 2012 Prometheus
Most recently, she portrayed Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) opposite Kristen Stewart as Snow White.
In her personal life, Charlize Theron wasn’t quite as lucky. Her relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, didn’t survive the test of time. So what’s a gorgeous woman in her thirties to do when she’s ready for a family of her own? Charliz had the answer: she became a mother of an adopted baby. More power to her, after all she’s earned her success, fame and fortune and it’s up to her when and with whom to share it.
Here is an interesting – and actually out of context – quote by Charliz Theron:
“I think women are way more conflicted than men, and I think we come from a society that’s very comfortable with the Madonna-whore complex, you know. We’re either really good hookers or really good mothers.”
Charlize is a lady not afraid to MAKE her own luck! Congratulations on your motherhood Charlize: US Celebrity Blog wishes you many more blessings in your professional and personal future!
Charlize Theron is classically beautiful, graceful, powerful and wise. (“If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur.”) Here’s a movie star worth looking up to!