Charlize Theron


Biography

Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model.

She rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in the films The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award for Best Actress among several other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category. In recent years, she has moved into the field of producing, both in television and film.

She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in North Country in 2005, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in Young Adult in 2011. In 2012, she appeared in Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus, both of which were box office successes. Theron became a U.S. citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship.

Theron was born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa, the only child of Gerda (née Maritz) and Charles Theron (born 27 November 1947). Second Boer War figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle. Her ancestry includes French, German, and Dutch; her French forebears were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa. "Theron" is an Occitan surname (originally spelled Théron) pronounced in Afrikaans as [tɜːron], although she has said that the way she pronounces it in South Africa is [θron]. She changed the pronunciation when she moved to the U.S. to give it a more "American" sound.

She grew up on her parents' farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg. On 21 June 1991, Theron's father, an alcoholic, physically attacked her mother and threatened both her mother and her while drunk; Theron's mother then shot and killed him. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and her mother faced no charges.

Theron attended Putfontein Primary School (Laerskool Putfontein), a period she later characterised as not "fitting in". At 13, Theron was sent to boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Although Theron is fluent in English, her first language is Afrikaans.


2019Flarsky as
2018Tully as Marlo
2018Gringo as
2017The Orville as Pria Lavesque
2017Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton
2017The Fate of the Furious as Cipher
2016The Grand Tour as Herself
2016Kubo and the Two Strings as Monkey (voice)
2016The Last Face as Dr. Wren Petersen
2016Chelsea as Herself
2016The Huntsman: Winter's War as Ravenna
2016Journey to the Oscars as Herself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
2015Take Flight as Herself
2015Mad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa
2015Dark Places as Libby Day
2014A Million Ways to Die in the West as Anna
2012The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus as Herself
2012Snow White and the Huntsman as Queen Ravenna
2012Prometheus as Meredith Vickers
2011Young Adult as Mavis Gary
2010Wikus and Charlize as Charlize Theron
2009The Road as Mother
2009Astro Boy as Narrator
2008The Burning Plain as Sylvia/Mariana
2008Hancock as Mary Embrey
2008Sleepwalking as Joleen
2008Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis as
2007Battle in Seattle as Ella
2007In the Valley of Elah as Detective Emily Sanders
2005Æon Flux as Aeon Flux
2005The Colbert Report as
2005North Country as Josey Aimes
2004The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Britt Ekland
2004Head in the Clouds as Gilda Bessé
2003Monster as Aileen
2003Arrested Development as
2003Arrested Development as Rita
2003The Ellen DeGeneres Show as
2003The Italian Job as Stella Bridger
2003Jimmy Kimmel Live! as
2002Waking Up in Reno as Candy Kirkendall
2002Trapped as Karen Jennings
2001The Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Laura Kensington
200115 Minutes as Rose Hearn
2001Sweet November as Sara
2000The Legend of Bagger Vance as Adele Invergordon
2000Men of Honor as Gwen Sunday
2000The Yards as Erica Soltz
2000Reindeer Games as Ashley Mercer
1999The Cider House Rules as Candy Kendall
1999The Early Show as
1999Rove as Herself
1999The Astronaut's Wife as Jillian Armacost
1998Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
1998Celebrity as Supermodel
1997The Devil's Advocate as Mary Ann Lomax
1997The View as
1997Trial and Error as Billie Tyler
1997Hollywood Confidential as Sally
1996That Thing You Do! as Tina
19962 Days in the Valley as Helga Svelgen
1996The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as
1995Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as Eli's Follower
1994Inside the Actors Studio as
1993Late Night with Conan O'Brien as
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1988This Morning as
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1975Saturday Night Live as Herself
1953The Academy Awards as Charlize Theron
1953The Academy Awards as
1952Today as
-Everything Nice as Michaela (rumored)
-Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project as
2019Flarsky as
2018Tully as Marlo
2018Gringo as
2018Gringo as Producer
2017Mindhunter as Executive Producer
2017The Orville as Pria Lavesque
2017Atomic Blonde as Producer
2017Atomic Blonde as Lorraine Broughton
2017Girlboss as Executive Producer
2017The Fate of the Furious as Cipher
2017Brain on Fire as Producer
2016The Grand Tour as Herself
2016Kubo and the Two Strings as Monkey (voice)
2016The Last Face as Dr. Wren Petersen
2016Chelsea as Herself
2016The Huntsman: Winter's War as Ravenna
2016Journey to the Oscars as Herself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
2015Take Flight as Herself
2015Mad Max: Fury Road as Imperator Furiosa
2015Dark Places as Libby Day
2015Dark Places as Producer
2014A Million Ways to Die in the West as Anna
2012The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus as Herself
2012Snow White and the Huntsman as Queen Ravenna
2012Prometheus as Meredith Vickers
2011Young Adult as Mavis Gary
2010Wikus and Charlize as Charlize Theron
2009The Road as Mother
2009Astro Boy as Narrator
2008The Burning Plain as Sylvia/Mariana
2008Hancock as Mary Embrey
2008Sleepwalking as Joleen
2008Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis as
2007Battle in Seattle as Ella
2007In the Valley of Elah as Detective Emily Sanders
2006East of Havana as Producer
2005Æon Flux as Aeon Flux
2005The Colbert Report as
2005North Country as Josey Aimes
2004The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Britt Ekland
2004Head in the Clouds as Gilda Bessé
2003Monster as Aileen
2003Monster as Producer
2003Arrested Development as
2003Arrested Development as Rita
2003The Ellen DeGeneres Show as
2003The Italian Job as Stella Bridger
2003Jimmy Kimmel Live! as
2002Waking Up in Reno as Candy Kirkendall
2002Trapped as Karen Jennings
2001The Curse of the Jade Scorpion as Laura Kensington
200115 Minutes as Rose Hearn
2001Sweet November as Sara
2000The Legend of Bagger Vance as Adele Invergordon
2000Men of Honor as Gwen Sunday
2000The Yards as Erica Soltz
2000Reindeer Games as Ashley Mercer
1999The Cider House Rules as Candy Kendall
1999The Early Show as
1999Rove as Herself
1999The Astronaut's Wife as Jillian Armacost
1998Mighty Joe Young as Jill Young
1998Celebrity as Supermodel
1997The Devil's Advocate as Mary Ann Lomax
1997The View as
1997Trial and Error as Billie Tyler
1997Hollywood Confidential as Sally
1996That Thing You Do! as Tina
19962 Days in the Valley as Helga Svelgen
1996The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as
1995Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as Eli's Follower
1994Inside the Actors Studio as
1993Late Night with Conan O'Brien as
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1988This Morning as
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1975Saturday Night Live as Herself
1953The Academy Awards as
1953The Academy Awards as Charlize Theron
1952Today as
-Everything Nice as Producer
-Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project as
-Untitled Vigilante/Crime Project as Producer
-Everything Nice as Michaela (rumored)