Charlize Theron. biography
Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in Benoni, South Africa, and first discovered her artistic talents in the form of dance. At the age of 12, she began studying the art of dancing at a boarding school in Johannesburg. Her career path then changed at the age of 16, when she won a Johannesburg modeling contest and the International New Model Today competition in Italy. She tried to return to dancing when she was 18-years-old, but due to many injuries, was force to leave the dream behind. Soon after, Theron decided to go after a career in acting and moved to the entertainment capital of the world.
Theron's luck changed for the good in 1994, when talent manager John Hurt offered to represent her after watching the aspiring-actress argue with a bank teller. A few months later, Theron made her acting debut in the horror flick Children of the Corn III (1995) followed by a more substantial role in That Thing You Do! (1996) with Tom Hanks.
Hollywood started to recognize Theron's acting skills over the following years, with memorable performances in the thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998). Theron then landed several starring roles in well-received films, including the sci-fi drama The Astronaut's Wife (1999) opposite Johnny Depp, the romance drama The Cider House Rules (1999) alongside Michael Caine, the sport drama The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) with Will Smith and Matt Damon, and the biopic Men of Honor (2000) alongside Robert De Niro.
Following a supporting role in the blockbuster hit The Italian Job (2003), Theron broke Hollywood's stardom barrier with a critically acclaimed portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the biopic Monster (2003), for which she won her first Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.
In 2005, Theron returned with another outstanding performance as a coal miner struggling with sexual harassment at work in the drama North Country and received both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. That same year, she starred in the sci-fi action film AEon Flux and made an appearance in the TV comedy series Arrested Development.
Following a string of less-publicized, but successful films, Theron starred alongside Will Smith in the super-hero flick Hancock (2008) and gave a notable performance in the Award-winning drama The Road (2009). She once again dominated the big-screen two years later with a critically praised execution of a divorced, fiction writer with little direction in the dramedy Young Adult (2011), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Theron's most recent projects include, the sci-fi mystery Prometheus (2012), the adventure drama Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) with Kristen Stewart, the action adventure Mad Max: Fury Road (2014) alongside Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult, the drama Dark Places (release date unknown), the mystery thriller Two Eyes Staring (unknown) and Snow White and the Huntsman 2 (unknown). She is also rumored to be starring in the western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West (unknown) with Seth MacFarlane, the romance drama Murder Mystery (2014), and the crime mystery Inherent Vice (2014) opposite Joaquin Phoenix,
Charlize Theron Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline
1998 - October 2001
Theron dated Third Eye Blind front-man Stephan Jenkins for three years prior to calling it quits in 2001. According to sources, various songs on Third Eye Blind's Vein album showcase his heartbroken emotions he was experiencing during their break-up.
Theron was rumored to be hooking up with fellow-actor George Clooney following his split from Celine Balitran in 2000.
2001 - January 2010
Theron and Irish actor Stuart Townsend first started dating while filming the crime thriller Trapped. They were officially labeled a couple when they showed up to the 2004 Academy Awards hand-in-hand and became a celebrated Hollywood power couple when they were seen on many occasions sporting commitment rings. Theron later described her new jewelry as "very, very precious," adding, "Stuart gave it to me as a sign of our commitment to each other. I never take it off."
Stuart had his own opinions about the symbolism behind the antique ring, saying, "I'm married. I didn't do a church wedding or anything but we consider ourselves husband and wife. We love each other and we want to spend our lives together. I don't need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise."
Their relationship seemed to be going strong after Theron starred in Stuart's directorial debut film Battle in Seattle (2007), but rumors that the two were breaking up began circulating after Theron showed up to the 2010 Hope for Haiti telethon without her cherished commitment ring.
According to sources, the romance officially came to end soon after they returned from a holiday trip to Mexico in early January 2010, due to Theron's realization that they were growing apart and were more like brother and sister.
October 2010 - 2011
Theron and model/actor Eric Thal were rumored to have dated briefly following her split from then-boyfriend of 9-years Stuart Townsend in January 2010. Apparently, they were drawn to each other due to their mutual love for farming and living outside a busy city.
April 2012 - Present
Rumors that True Blood stud-muffin Alexander Skarsgard and Theron were dating ignited after they were spotted cuddling at West Hollywood's Gym Sportsbar in early March 2012 - a few days before Theron announced she had adopted her African-American son Jackson.
The rumors intensified when they were seen walking hand-in-hand into West Hollywood's Soho House in early April of that year. While some sources claim the two are involved, but not a couple, neither side has confirmed nor denied the gossip reports.