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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Happy birthday to actress Charlize Theron! Today the star turns 44.

Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Image: Charlize Theron / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Theron was born on August 7, 1975 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa and grew up on her family’s farm outside of Johannesburg. She spent her childhood studying ballet, and although she saw herself as a dancer, she began her career as a model. After an injury left her unable to pursue a career as a dancer, she flew to Los Angeles to take her shot at becoming an actor.

After making her acting debut, Theron starred in a string of films of varying success. Then in 2004, she earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie, Monster. Since her Oscar win, Theron has starred in many commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, including Mad Max: Fury RoadThe Fate of the Furious, and Tully.

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