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Biography #2 (for Aeon Flux)

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is known for her powerful performances. Theron has tackled roles that range from a Savannah socialite to a working class New Yorker, proving time and time again that she is much more than just another pretty face. This incredibly talented actress began her career as a model in her native South Africa before coming to the U.S. as a ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, before beginning her journey into the world of film.

Moviegoers were introduced to Theron's charm in her feature film debut 2 Days in the Valley, with James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Jeff Daniels. Theron played Helga, Spader's partner and love interest, a woman unable to resist the allure of the danger that surrounds her. Even among such a powerhouse ensemble cast, Theron gave a standout performance.

In early 1997, Theron starred in Jonathan Lynn's Trial and Error opposite Michael Richards. By the fall of that same year she appeared on the big screen again, co-starring with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in the thriller and box office smash The Devil's Advocate.

Getting a glimpse of Theron's extraordinary drive and amazing talent was all it took for Tom Hanks to cast Theron in his directorial debut That Thing You Do. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor brought this story to film from the script he authored about a small town rock band, The Wonders, and the hit song that brought them fame. Theron portrayed Tina, Guy's (Tom Everett Scott) hometown girlfriend, a woman who is less than dazzled by The Wonders' overnight success and its repercussions.

In 1998, Theron starred in Woody Allen's Celebrity, for which she received rave reviews, and followed with Mighty Joe Young, opposite Bill Paxton. In 1999, audiences saw her star in the Oscar-nominated The Cider House Rules, based on the acclaimed novel by John Irving, and in The Astronaut's Wife, opposite Johnny Depp. The Cider House Rules' stellar cast was honored with a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In 2000, the much in-demand Theron tackled back-to-back roles in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance with Will Smith and Matt Damon, Men of Honor with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck, and The Yards, costarring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway. In 2001, Theron illuminated the screen in Sweet November alongside Keanu Reeves, as well as in Woody Allen's Curse of the Jade Scorpion, co-starring Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd, and David Ogden Stiers.

In the fall of 2002, Waking Up In Reno was released, which cast Theron opposite Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton in a lovers' crossroads. Waking Up in Reno refers to more than just the alarm clock when these two married couples take a road trip and an unexpected emotional detour from their hometown of Little Rock to the Biggest Little City in the World for a monster truck rally. The feature Trapped, directed by Luis Mandoki, in which Charlize joined costars Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince and young award-winning talent Dakota Fanning was also released in the fall of 2002. When their (Theron and Townsend) daughter (Fanning) is kidnapped by experienced kidnappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan with unexpected results.

In 2003, Theron illuminated the screen in the exciting caper movie The Italian Job, co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton and directed by F. Gary Gray. Her next motion picture, Monster, co-starring Christina Ricci and directed by Patty Jenkins, hit theatres that fall to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Theron's captivating performance as female serial killer Aileen Warnos won her the Independent Spirit Award, the National Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online and Southeastern Film Critics awards, the Breakthrough Performance Award from the Nation Board of Review and the Academy Award.

Following Monster, Theron starred in the feature Head in the Clouds opposite Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend. Theron next captivated audiences in HBO's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers opposite Geoffrey Rush, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Emmys. Theron most recently starred in Warner Bros.' North Country.

She resides in Los Angeles with her beloved dogs.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Aeon Flux" (14-Dec-2005)


Biography #3 (for Head in the Clouds)

Charlize Theron was trained as a dancer in her native South Africa, and moved to New York City where a knee injury led her to a career in modeling. Relocating to Los Angeles at the age of 18, she arrived in California knowing no one but was soon discovered by an agent and earned small parts in films such as Two Days in the Valley (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996). It was her role opposite Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil's Advocate (1997) that made the classically beautiful Theron one of Hollywood's most recognizable young faces, and she followed that up with roles in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and as the lead in Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Astronaut's Wife (1999) with Johnny Depp and Reindeer Games (2000) with Ben Affleck. Theron also began to draw critical notice with her supporting role in the award-winning The Cider House Rules (1999). Her other notable roles include The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and The Italian Job (2003). Theron has recently become a producer, and her first project was the hard-hitting Monster directed by Patty Jenkins: for her uncompromising performance as Aileen Wuornous, Theron earned the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other upcoming roles include Britt Ekland in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (with Geoffrey Rush in the title role), Aeon Flux based on the animated MTV series, Class Action (about the first successful sexual harassment case in America) and The Ice at the Bottom of the World, to be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and produced by Theron.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "Head in the Clouds" (18-Sep-2004)


Biography #4 (for Monster)

Ballerina to movie star, Charlize Theron is known for her powerful performances. Theron has tackled roles that range from a Savannah socialite to a working class New Yorker, proving time and time again that she is much more than just another pretty face. This incredibly talented actress began her career as a model in her native South Africa before coming to the U.S. as a ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, long before she began her journey into the world of film.

Moviegoers were first introduced to the seductive charm of Charlize Theron in her feature film debut, MGM's 2 Days in the Valley, with James Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Jeff Daniels. Theron played Helga, Spader's partner and love interest, a woman unable to resist the allure of the danger that surrounds her. Even among such a powerhouse ensemble cast, Theron gave a standout performance.

In early 1997, Theron starred in Jonathan Lynn's Trial and Error for New Line Cinema opposite Michael Richards and 2 Days in the Valley co-star Jeff Daniels. B y the fall of that same year, she appeared on the big screen once again co-starring with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in the Warner Brothers thriller and box office smash, Devils Advocate.

Getting a glimpse of Theron's extraordinary drive and amazing talent was all it took for Tom Hanks to cast Theron in his directorial debut, That Thing You Do. The two-time Academy Award"-winning actor brought this story to film from the script he authored. It told the tale of a small town rock band, The Wonders and the hit song that brings them fame. Theron portrayed Tina, Guy's (Tom Everett Scott) hometown girlfriend, a woman who is less than dazzled by The Wonders overnight success and its repercussions.

In 1998 Theron starred in Woody Allen's Celebrity for which she received rave reviews and followed it with Mighty Joe Young, opposite Bill Paxton for Disney. And in 1999 audiences saw her star in Miramax's Oscar nominated The Cider House Rules based on the acclaimed novel by John Irving, and in New Line Cinema's The Astronaut's Wife opposite Johnny Depp. The Cider House Rules stellar cast was honored with a nomination for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture" by the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In 2000, the much in-demand Theron tackled back-to-back roles in the following movies: Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance with Will Smith and Matt Damon, Fox 2000's Men of Honor with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding Jr., John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck and The Yards for Miramax co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway.

In 2001, Theron illuminated the screen in the Warner Bros tearjerker Sweet November alongside Keanu Reeves, as well as in Woody Allen's Curse of the Jade Scorpion, co-starring Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd and David Ogden Stiers.

In the fall of 2002 Miramax released Waking Up In Reno, which casts Theron opposite Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson, and Billy Bob Thornton in a lovers crossroads. Waking up in Reno refers to more than just the alarm clock when these two married couples take a road trip-and an unexpected emotional detour-from their hometown of Little Rock to the Biggest Little City in the World for a monster truck rally.

The feature Trapped, directed by Luis Mandoki, in which Charlize joins costars Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince and young award-winning talent Dakota Fanning was also released in the fall of 2002. When their daughter (Fanning) is kidnapped by experienced kidnappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan with unexpected results.

Theron recently starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton in the internationally acclaimed hit caper movie The Italian Job, directed by F. Gary Gray. Theron can next be seen in The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers opposite Geoffrey Rush, and Head In The Clouds with Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend. Theron resides in Los Angeles with her beloved dogs.

Bio courtesy Newmarket Films for "Monster" (01-Jan-2000)


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