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Hi I'm Brice Sander for About.com, and here's a look at actress and model Charlize Theron.Born in South Africa in 1975, Theron's first language is Afrikaans. In 1991, her mother shot and killed her father, who was an alcoholic. Her mother never faced charges, as the shooting was judged to have been in self-defense.When she was 16, Theron won a one-year modeling contract and moved to Italy with her mother. After the year was up, she moved to New York City, where she trained as a ballet dancer before a knee injury.  When she was 19, her mother bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, and one day when a bank teller refused to cash a check, she began shouting at him. Talent agent John Crosby saw this and handed her his business card.Her first film part was a non-speaking role in Children of the Corn III in 1995, and her first speaking role was 1996's 2 Days in the Valley. Later roles include The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, and The Cider House Rules. In 2003, Theron played real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and Golden Globe awards for the role.In 2005, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, she starred in North Country, a role that earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.Theron became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2007 and retains her South African citizenship. In 2012, it was announced she had adopted a son named Jackson. Her most public relationships include a two-year relationship with actor Craig Bierko in the '90s, and later Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. She dated Irish actor Stuart Townsend for nearly nine years until they broke up in 2010.Theron has worked with women's rights organizations, and is an active member of PETA, for which she appeared in an anti-fur campaign ad.In addition to her 2004 Best Actress Oscar, Theron has received:Thanks for watching our profile of actress and model Charlize Theron. For more information, check out About.com.
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