Name : Cameron Diaz
Profession : Actor
Born : Cameron Michelle Diaz
August 30, 1972 (1972-08-30) (age 35)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation : fashion model (1988-1993)
Model-turned-actress Cameron Diaz seemed to come out of nowhere when she made her 1994 screen debut opposite Jim_Carrey in The_Mask. However, her unusual beauty — the result of her Cuban-American and Anglo-German-Native-American parentage — helped to ensure that she would not be soon forgotten.
Born in San Diego, CA, on August 30, 1972, Diaz left school at 16 to become a model. For the next five years, she traveled the globe, working in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. As a model for the Elite Agency, she did commercial work for such products as Coke, Nivea, and L.A. Gear. She returned to California at the age of 21 and was unknown in the film industry when cast in her breakthrough role as the target of Jim_Carrey’s hyper-animated lust in The_Mask. Following the hoopla surrounding her performance — or, more specifically, her physical appearance — in the film, Diaz opted to take acting lessons and appear in a series of small, independent films, including The_Last_Supper (1995), She’s the One (1996), and Feeling_Minnesota (1996).
After starring opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny_Boyle’s A_Life_Less_Ordinary (1997), Diaz further endeared herself to audiences and critics with her performance in My_Best_Friend’s_Wedding (1997). Proving herself an acceptable foil for the film’s star, Julia_Roberts, she went on to greater success in the Farrelly brothers’ There’s_Something_About_Mary in 1998. Starring as the film’s titular heroine, Diaz turned in an audience-pleasing performance in the cheerfully bawdy film, which proved to be one of the year’s biggest box-office successes. The same year, Diaz cameoed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and starred as Jon_Favreau’s unhinged fiancée in the black comedy Very_Bad_Things. Now fully established as one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, she accepted leads in 1999’s Being_John_Malkovich, in which she played puppeteer John_Cusack’s wife, and Any_Given_Sunday, in which she played the president and co-owner of a football team in Oliver_Stone’s paean to American football.
In 2000, Diaz joined Drew_Barrymore and Lucy_Liu in Charlie’s_Angels, the much-hyped big-screen remake of the television classic. A comically self-aware and fairly faithful adaptation of the original series, Charlie’s_Angels served up Matrix-style action with retro-sensibilities, propelling the franchise into the new millennium. The following year found Diaz endearing herself to younger audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona in the animated box-office smash Shrek, as well as using her wide-eyed innocence to horrific effect in the Tom_Cruise mindbender Vanilla_Sky. Headlining the ill-fated comedy The_Next_Best_Thing in 2002, Diaz would take a historical trip to the birthplace of America in director Martin_Scorsese’s Gangs of New York before becoming the second (after Julia_Roberts) actress to join the “20-Million-Dollar Club” with Charlie’s_Angels:_Full_Throttle. Like its predecessor, the film performed well at the box office, and Diaz further proved her box-office clout in 2004 when another sequel, Shrek_2, became the third-highest grossing film of all time.