Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz

Infobox actor
name = Cameron Diaz


caption =
birthname = Cameron Michelle Díaz
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1972|8|30
birthplace = San Diego, California, U.S.
occupation = Fashion model (1988-1993)
Actress (1993-present)
awards = BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 "Vanilla Sky"
CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 "Vanilla Sky"
NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1998 "There's Something About Mary"

Cameron Michelle Díaz (born August 30, 1972) is a Golden Globe-, BAFTA- and SAG-Award nominated U.S. actress and former model. In 2008, Forbes estimates Diaz to have earned $50 million last year, after reportly receiving this salary for "What Happens in Vegas" making her the highest paid actress in Hollywood. [ [http://www.hollyscoop.com/cameron-diaz/forbes-names-cameron-diaz-highest-paid-actress_16967.aspx Top 5 list of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses 2008] ] [ [http://www.latina.com/entertainment/daily-latina/more-daily-latina/cameron-diaz-hollywoods-top-earning-actress "Latina.com" Diaz-hollywoods-top-earning-actress] ] [ [http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24069672-5006343,00.html Only women to make it into top earners] ] [ [http://www.beautyandthedirt.co.uk/show.asp?ID=338 Small Bio & Quotes by Diaz] ]

Biography

Early life

Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Billie (née Early), an import-export agent, and Emilio Diaz (1950-2008), who worked for UNOCAL a California oil company as a Field Gauger and in the pipeline department for twenty plus years until he retired in 1998. [ [http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,639320_3,00.html Family ties, Father & mother] ] [FilmReference.com: [http://www.filmreference.com/film/63/Cameron-Diaz.html Cameron Diaz Biography (1972-)] ] Her father was a second-generation Cuban American and her mother is of English, German and Cherokee Native American ancestry.cite news|last=|first=|coauthors=|title=Girl, interrupted|pages=|publisher=Telegraph.co.uk|date=2003-01-09|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/01/09/bfcam09.xml|accessdate=2008-03-06] cite web | last = Rowland | first = Hilary | authorlink = | coauthors =
title = Cameron Diaz:Not Just Another Hollywood Bombshell | work = Hilary Magazine | publisher = | date = undated | url = http://www.hilary.com/celebrity/cameron-diaz.html | format = | doi =
accessdate = 2008-01-12
] [cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Cameron Diaz: Hollywood crowd-pleaser DAmon rox | work = BBC News | publisher = | date = 2005-07-29 | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4717013.stm | format = | doi =
accessdate = 2008-01-12
] [cite web | last = Hawk | first = Mason | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = A Cheap Date With Cameron Diaz | work = NYRock | publisher = | year = 1998 | url = http://www.nyrock.com/spc/1998/diaz.asp | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-01-12] She has one older sister, Chimene Diaz, (born June 5, 1970, San Diego). She attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School at the same time as rapper Snoop Dogg.

Career

At 16 she began her career as a fashion model. Diaz signed with top modeling agency Elite Model Management. After graduating from high school, she went to work in Japan and met video director Carlo de la Torre. On her return to the U.S., she moved in with him. For the next few years, her modeling took her around the world, working for contracts with major companies. She modelled for designers such as Calvin Klein and Levi's. She was featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of "Seventeen" magazine. At 21, Diaz auditioned for "The Mask", even though she had no previous acting experience. [ [http://uk.askmen.com/women/actress/11c_cameron_diaz.html Actress of the week - Cameron Diaz] "askmen.com" accessed November 20, 2006] After obtaining the lead female role, she immediately started acting lessons. Over the next three years, she won roles in low-budget, independent films, such as "The Last Supper", "Feeling Minnesota", and "She's the One". She then regained mainstream success with her roles in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "There's Something About Mary", a film for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for in the category of "Best Actress - Musical or Comedy". She won critical acclaim for her performance in "Being John Malkovich", which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards and the SAG Awards.

During the 1999-2000 period, Diaz starred in many films, such as "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her", "A Life Less Ordinary", "Any Given Sunday", and the hit adaptation of "Charlie's Angels". In 2001, she won nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the AFI Awards for "Vanilla Sky", and also voiced Princess Fiona in "Shrek", for which she earned $10 million. In 2003, Diaz received another Golden Globe nomination for Martin Scorsese's epic "Gangs of New York", and became the third actress (after "Wedding" costar Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon) to earn $20 million for a role, receiving the sum for "". After "Full Throttle", Diaz only appeared in three films, "Shrek 2", "In Her Shoes" and "The Holiday ". During 2004 and early 2005, Diaz explored some of the planet's environmentally unique locations while discovering ways to help preserve them for the 10-episode MTV series "Trippin'" which featured numerous celebrities and friends of Diaz, such as Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Mark Hoppus, Eva Mendes and Justin Timberlake.

Diaz returned to the screen for "Shrek the Third" in 2007, where she co-stars with former boyfriend Justin Timberlake. She was set to team up again with "The Mask" co-star Jim Carrey in the film "Fun with Dick and Jane", but dropped out to star in "In Her Shoes". She will also appear in "Shrek 4" and in the romantic comedy "What Happens in Vegas", opposite Ashton Kutcher. She is also set to star in "The Box", a horror thriller in 2008 co-starring James Marsden.cite news| last1 = Kit | first1 = Borys| last2 = Goldstein| first2 = Greg| title = Box' is a dark place for Diaz|publisher = The Hollywood Reporter| date = 2006-06-29| url = http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3icab172bb79f71a07084186d859720078]

On July 7, 2007, Diaz participated at Live Earth in New York by introducing Bon Jovi and The Police. In 2007, "People" ranked her as the Best Dressed Female Celebrity.

Relationships

Diaz dated actor Matt Dillon from 1995 to 1998. She is also the ex-fiancée of actor/musician Jared Leto. They had a low-profile relationship from 1998 to 2002. Reports have said that they broke up because Diaz was concentrating more on her acting as Leto was more concerned about his band. She then for a short while dated English singer / songwriter Julian Barry before they split due to career commitments.

Most recently, Diaz dated former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake, whom she met at the Kids' Choice Awards in 2003. The pair issued a joint statement on January 11, 2007, announcing they had broken up, following weeks of breakup rumors. [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070111/jt_diaz_070111/20070111?hub=Entertainment Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz call it quits "CTV - E-Talk Daily" January 11, 2007] ]

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 "ambushed" and acting out of self-defense. [ [http://cache-origin.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,15322,00.html Justin, Cameron Go Camera Shy] "E-online" Joal Ryan - November 10, 2004]

Personal life

Diaz has publicly admitted that she has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), is deeply germophobic and habitually rubs doorknobs so hard before opening doors to clean them that the original paint fades afterwards. She says she washes her hands and floors "many times" each day and uses her elbows to push open doors. [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,987334,00.html Cameron Diaz on OCD] "Time Magazine" November 10, 1997] Diaz commented on her progress with the disorder on May 10, 2007, saying, "I think I've made my peace with it". ["The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", May 10, 2007]

Diaz received "substantial" defamation damages from suing American Media Incoporated, after "The National Enquirer" had claimed she was cheating on then-boyfriend Timberlake. [cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6368533.stm |title=Libel damages for US actress Diaz |date=2007-02-16 |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=2007-02-16] Diaz also sued successfully to stop the publication of bondage-themed nude photos taken of her before she became famous.

When Diaz was asked if she can speak Spanish she said:

I go, "God, you know, it all sounds so familiar. I know what you're saying, I really do. I just cannot respond to you back in Spanish. I can barely speak English properly." I didn't grow up in a Cuban or Latin community. I grew up in Southern California on the beach, basically. And I'm third generation. I'm of Cuban descent, but I'm American. cite web | last = James | first = Christine | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Cameron Diaz: Bringing a Woman's Touch to Any Given Sunday
work = Reel.com | publisher = | year = 1999 | url = http://www.reel.com/reel.asp?node=features/interviews/diaz
format = | doi = | accessdate = 2008-01-12
]

Diaz is currently represented by Creative Artists Agency.

In September 2004, Diaz created some controversy after her appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". The show in question, concerned celebrities encouraging young people to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. While Diaz was sitting next to her "Charlie's Angels" co-star Drew Barrymore, singer Christina Aguilera, and hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, Diaz gave the ominous warning "Women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. We could lo--if you think that rape should be legal, then don't vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote." Several pundits like talk show host Laura Ingraham alleged that Diaz was trying to disguise her scare tactic-like statement as another way of saying that if you didn't vote for Democratic challenger John Kerry, a victorious President George W. Bush would somehow try to ban the right to have a legal abortion.The actress was vocal in her support for Al Gore in 2000. Diaz went so far as sporting a t-shirt that read "I won't vote for a son of a Bush!" while making publicity for "Charlie's Angels". [ [http://www.liberalartists.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=viewnews&id=52 LiberalArtists.com ] ]

On April 15, 2008, her father, Emilio Diaz, died of pneumonia, aged 58. [Cite web|url=http://entertainment.oneindia.in/hollywood/top-stories/scoop/2008/cameron-diaz-father-pneumonia-dead-160408.html|title=Cameron Diaz's father succumbs to pneumonia|accessdate=2008-04-16|date=2008-04-16]

Awards and nominations

*1999: Golden Globe for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for "There's Something About Mary"
*2000: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for "Being John Malkovich"
*2000: SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Being John Malkovich"
*2000: BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Being John Malkovich"
*2002: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for "Vanilla Sky"
*2002: SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Vanilla Sky"
*2003: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for "Gangs of New York"
*2006: Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress for "In Her Shoes" (nomination)
*2008: Kid's Choice Awards- Nominated for Best Voice From An Animated Movie for "Shrek the Third"
*2008: Kid's Choice Awards- Wannabe Award

Filmography

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title = NYFCC Award for Best Actress
years = 1998
for" There's Something About Mary"
before= Julie Christie
for "Afterglow
after = Hilary Swank
for "Boys Don't Cry"

References

External links

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*tvtome person|id=62679|name=Cameron Diaz
*people.com
* [http://camerondiaz.madeofstars.com/ Cameron Diaz Videos] at Made of Stars
* [http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461 California Births 1905-1995]
* [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=yta&q=Cougar+Den+Skit+Featuring+Cameron+Diaz&btnG=Search Video of Cameron Diaz in SNL's Cougar Den Skit] from Google Search

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SHORT DESCRIPTION= fashion model (1988-1993), actress (1993-present)
DATE OF BIRTH= 1972-8-30
PLACE OF BIRTH= San Diego, California, U.S.
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