Cameron Diaz. biography
Cameron Michelle Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California and was first discovered by photographer Jeff Dunas at the age of 16, leading to a contract with Elite Model Management and a string of modeling gigs for companies such as Coca-Cola.
Cameron then transitioned her beauty to the big screen, making her acting debut opposite Jim Carrey in the hit comedy The Mask (1994).
Due to the movie’s wide success, Cameron had little trouble landing roles alongside up and coming stars, including Keanu Reeves in Feeling Minnesota (1996), Jennifer Aniston in She’s the One (1996) and Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).
Cameron officially reached celebrity status when she assumed the role of Mary opposite Ben Stiller in the cult classic There’s Something About Mary (1998) and further increased moviegoers’ attention with a memorable performance as a bisexual looking for happiness in Being John Malkovich (1999), leading to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she showed off her more aggressive and cutthroat side as a football franchise owner in Any Given Sunday (1999).
The following year, Cameron continued establishing herself as a blockbuster superstar when she transformed into Natalie Cook in Charlie’s Angels as well as its sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) alongside Lucy Lu and Drew Barrymore.
In 2001, Cameron voiced the character of Princess Fiona in the animated flick Shrek before showing off her drama-filled acting chops opposite Tom Cruise in the thriller Vanilla Sky, a memorable and chilling performance that resulted in a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
A year later, she was reunited with her natural comedic side in The Sweetest Thing (2002) followed by a starring performance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Gangs of New York (2002) for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Cameron went on to star in such comedies as The Holiday (2006), Shrek the Third (2007), What Happens in Vegas (2008) and Shrek Forever After (2010). Also during this time, she returned to the box-office genre in the thriller The Box (2009), Knight and Day (2010) with Tom Cruise, The Green Hornet (2011), Bad Teacher (2010) and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012).
The starlet’s most recent projects include, Ridley Scott’s thriller The Counselor (2013) with Brad Pitt, the comedy The Other Woman (2014) alongside Leslie Mann, the dramedy Sex Tape (2014) opposite Jason Segel, and the musical drama Annie (2014) with Jamie Foxx.
Did you know…
- She has been nominated for four Golden Globes
- She attended the same high school as Snoop Dogg
- She once got alcohol poisoning in Australia when she was 18
- She has obsessive compulsive disorder
- She will only wash her face in Evian spring water
- She was once engaged to Jared Leto
- She is very superstitious