After spending her formative years on a farm with a goat for a best friend, she hightailed it to Milan after a modeling contest yielded a modeling offer there. She grew tired of being seen, but not heard after a year and moved to New York to pursue ballet at the Joffrey School. By 1994, sidelined from dancing by a knee injury, she had moved to LA and got discovered while throwing a fit at the bank. After being passed over for the Elizabeth Berkeley role in “Showgirls,” she punched (Literally!) her way into being noticed during a fight scene with Teri Hatcher in “2 Days In The Valley.” Her good looks and killer body helped her secure many roles early on (“Mighty Joe Young,” “Aeon Flux,” “Celebrity”) but when she plays down the pretty like in “The Devil’s Advocate,” she does some of her best work. She was barely recognizable as the 30 pounds-heavier, browless, real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster” (2003) and won the Best Actress Oscar. The actress gave another nominated plain-Jane performance in 2005’s “North Country.” Having proven herself, she now gets the pick of the extremely varied litter (“Hancock,” “Young Adult,” “Prometheus,” “Snow White And The Huntsman”). Her onscreen passion flows into her personal politics. She supports PETA’s no-fur campaigns and declared she wouldn‘t marry her nine-year sweetheart Stuart Townsend until gay marriage was legal. It became a moot point when he and Theron, who also seriously dated Third Eye Blind singer Stephen Jenkins, broke up in 2010. She didn’t let singledom stand in the way of becoming a mom. In 2012, she adopted a baby boy named Jackson.
Charlize Theron Search Results
Bigger and BetterShakira has 100 million Facebook followers, plus more ways stars are nothing like us.
Summer's SexiestCheck out Jessica Alba, Channing Tatum and more of the hottest stars of the summer.
Beach BonanzaCheck out Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and more hot stars at the beach in 2014.
Not EngagedAfter reports Charlize Theron and Sean Penn are engaged, Us Weekly reveals actress bought ring herself.
Engaged?Charlize Theron sparks more Sean Penn engagement rumors after she's spotted wearing a new ring.
Beach BabeCharlize Theron rocked a bunch of hot bikinis for a photo shoot in Miami.
Beach BabesBikinis are for the young -- and young at heart. Check out sexy beach bods on stars from 21 to 54.
Paris FashionCheck out all of the hot stars like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lopez at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014.
Rain ManJared Leto is a man of the people, J.Lo likes to play tag and more LOL pics.
Global VacaysWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith enjoy a Hawaiian vacay, plus more stars on vacation around the world.
From Crowd Ignite