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Cameron Diaz
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Diaz in 2012.
Born Cameron Michelle Diaz
August 30, 1972 (age 40)
San Diego, California
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1988–93 (model)
1994–present (actress)
Worked in Being John Malkovich
Characters portrayed Lotte Schwartz
Other works Shrek
There's Something About Mary
Gangs of New York
The Mask

Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She rose to prominence during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include the two Charlie's Angels films, voicing the character Princess Fiona in the Shrek series, The Holiday, The Green Hornet and Bad Teacher. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.

BiographyEdit

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed bottle blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego. She is the daughter of Billie (Anglo-German) and Emilio Diaz (Cuban-American). Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. Returning to California at the age of 21, she was working as a model when her agency secured her an audition for the female lead in The Mask. Despite having no previous acting experience, she made a strong impression and was cast as the sultry lounge singer, "Tina Carlyle". The film was one of 1994's biggest hits and launched her into stardom virtually overnight. However, she preferred to feel her way effectively into the industry and stayed away from large studio films for the next three years. She honed her acting skills in such character-driven independent films as The Last Supper; Feeling Minnesota; and Head Above Water. She stepped back into the mainstream in 1997 with My Best Friend's Wedding and A Life Less Ordinary. The following year, her status as a super star was firmly cemented when she played the title role in the box office smash There's Something About Mary. Diaz is now one of filmdom's hottest properties and most sought-after actresses.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Diaz received "substantial" defamation damages from suing American Media Incorporated, after The National Enquirer had claimed she was cheating on then-paramour Justin Timberlake.[2] She endorsed Al Gore publicly during 2000. Diaz wore a t-shirt that read "I won't vote for a son of a Bush!" while making publicity visits for Charlie's Angels.[3] Diaz has also been involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest nonprofit organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has spoken as an advocate for military families.[4] Although she was quoted by a 1997 Time magazine article as saying she was germophobic,[5] Diaz specifically denied this on the June 26, 2009, edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, saying that a small comment she made 12 years earlier regarding public bathroom doorknobs was distorted out of proportion.[6] On April 15, 2008, Cameron's father, Emilio Diaz, died at the age of 58 from pneumonia.[7]

RelationshipsEdit

From 1990 to December 1994, Diaz cohabited with video producer Carlos de la Torre.[8][9] In 1995, Diaz dated actor Vincent D'Onofrio during the production of Feeling Minnesota.[9] Later in 1995, she began a relationship with actor Matt Dillon. The relationship ended in December 1998.[10] She began dating Jared Leto in 1999, and the couple became engaged in 2000.[11] In 2003, they ended their four-year relationship.[12] Diaz dated singer Justin Timberlake from 2003 to 2006.[10] In October 2004, Diaz and Timberlake were in an altercation with a tabloid photographer outside a hotel. When the photographer and another man tried to photograph them, the couple snatched the camera. Pictures of the incident appeared in Us Weekly. Representatives for the pair claimed that they were acting a scene on a set.[13] Diaz was in a romantic relationship with New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez from July 2010 to September 2011.[14]

Filmography[15]Edit

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Mask Tina Carlyle
1995 The Last Supper Jude
1996 She's the One Heather
Feeling Minnesota Freddie Clayton
Head Above Water Nathalie
Keys to Tulsa Trudy
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Kimberly Wallace ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role
Blockbuster Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
A Life Less Ordinary Celine Naville
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Blonde TV Reporter
There's Something About Mary Mary Jensen American Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Actress in a Motion Picture
Blockbuster Award for Favorite Actress – Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Very Bad Things Laura Garrety
1999 Man Woman Film Random Celebrity Cameo
Being John Malkovich Lotte Schwartz Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Carol Faber
The Invisible Circus Faith
Any Given Sunday Christina Pagniacci ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress — Drama
2000 Charlie's Angels Natalie Cook Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action Team shared with Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2001 Shrek Princess Fiona Voice
Vanilla Sky Julie Gianni Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — AFI Award for Best Actress
Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2002 The Sweetest Thing Christina Walters
Gangs of New York Jenny Everdeane Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Natalie Cook Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress in a film
2004 Shrek 2 Princess Fiona Voice
2005 In Her Shoes Maggie Feller Nominated — Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress
2006 The Holiday Amanda Woods Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2007 Shrek the Third Princess Fiona Voice
2008 What Happens in Vegas Joy McNally
2009 My Sister's Keeper Sara Fitzgerald Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress – Motion Picture
The Box Norma Lewis
2010 Shrek Forever After Princess Fiona Voice
Nominated — Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Knight and Day June Havens
2011 The Green Hornet Lenore Case
Bad Teacher Elizabeth Halsey ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress – Musical or Comedy
2012 What To Expect When You're Expecting Jules
Gambit P. J. Puznowski Filming complete
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Trippin' Herself MTV – Travel Documentary
2007 Shrek the Halls Princess Fiona Voice
Made for television
2008–2009 Saturday Night Live Kiki Deamore 3 episodes
2009 Sesame Street Herself
2010 Top Gear Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car Series 15, Episode 5 – appeared alongside Tom Cruise
Scared Shrekless Princess Fiona Voice
Made for television
2011 The X Factor (French edition) Herself, as a guest judge Invited by M6 for the semi final of the competition to judge the contestants' performances

ReferencesEdit

  1. Biography for Cameron Diaz at IMDb.
  2. "Libel damages for US actress Diaz". BBC News. February 16, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6368533.stm. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  3. "LiberalArtists.com". LiberalArtists.com. http://www.liberalartists.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=viewnews&id=52. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  4. Stewart, Anna (2009-06-19). "Diaz gives back to veteran community - Entertainment News, Profile in Excellence: Cameron Diaz, Media". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118005198?refCatId=3662. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  5. Cameron Diaz on OCD Time Magazine November 10, 1997
  6. Real Time with Bill Maher, Episode 159 (June 26, 2009)
  7. "Cameron Diaz's father succumbs to pneumonia". April 16, 2008. http://entertainment.oneindia.in/hollywood/top-stories/scoop/2008/cameron-diaz-father-pneumonia-dead-160408.html. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  8. "Cameron Diaz & Jennifer Lopez: What They Think About Motherhood" May 07, 2012, Celebrity Central, People Magazine
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bio at Talk Talk
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Cameron Diaz Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800020297/bio. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  11. Mimon, Diana. "Cameron Diaz Biography". About.com. The New York Times Company. http://gossip.about.com/od/celebrityprofiles/p/Cameron_Diaz.htm. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  12. "Back on the Market". People (Time Inc.) 59 (25): 85. June 30, 2003.
  13. Justin, Cameron Go Camera Shy E-online Joal Ryan – November 10, 2004
  14. "Alex Rodriguez on Split with Cameron Diaz: 'We'll Always Be Friends'" September 22, 2011, People Magazine
  15. Cameron Diaz at IMDb.

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