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Cameron Diaz (Spanish-American)

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Cameron Diaz
Diaz at a press conference for Knight and Day, July 2010
BornCameron Michelle Diaz
August 30, 1972 (age 43)
San DiegoCalifornia, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer, former model
Years active1988–present
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [1]
Spouse(s)Benji Madden (m. 2015)
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She rose to stardom in the 1990s with roles in The Mask (1994), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) andThere's Something About Mary (1998), and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series (2001–10). Other high-profile credits include Charlie's Angels (2000) and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The Holiday (2006), Knight and Day (2010), The Green Hornet (2011), Bad Teacher (2011), The Other Woman (2014), and Annie (2014).
Diaz has received four Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in Being John Malkovich (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), and There's Something About Mary (1998) for which she also won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award. In 2013, Diaz was named the highest-paid actress over 40 in Hollywood.[2]

Early life[edit]

Diaz was born in San DiegoCalifornia.[3][4] Her mother, Billie, was a stripping agent, and her father, Emilio Diaz, worked for the California oil company Unocal as a foreman.[5][6][7] Diaz has an elder sister, Chimene.[6] Her father's family is Cuban, and Diaz's ancestors had originally moved from Spain to Cuba. Later they settled in Ybor CityTampa, before moving to California, where Emilio was born.[8][9] Her mother has EnglishScots-Irish, and German ancestry.[10][11][12] Diaz grew up in Long Beach[4][7] and attended Los Cerritos Elementary School, and then Long Beach Polytechnic High School.[3]


Early work[edit]

She began her career as a fashion model at age 16, and contracted with a modeling agencyElite Model Management. For the next months, she worked all over the world on contracts for companies including Calvin Klein and Levi's.[4] When she was age 17, she was featured on the front cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen.[13] Diaz also modeled for 2–3 months in Australia and shot a commercial for Coca-Cola in Sydney in 1991.[14][15][16]
Diaz at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival with Martin Scorsese andLeonardo DiCaprio for the movieGangs of New York
At age 21, Diaz auditioned for The Mask,[17] based on the recommendation of an agent for Elite, who met the film's producers while they were searching for the lead actress. Having no previous acting experience, she started acting lessons after being cast. The Mask became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1994 [18] and launched Diaz as a sex symbol.[19][20]


For the next three years, Diaz took roles in the independent films The Last Supper (1996), Feeling Minnesota (1996), She's the One (1996), and Head Above Water (1996). She was scheduled to perform in the film Mortal Kombat, but had to resign after breaking her hand while training for the role.[21] Diaz returned to mainstream films with My Best Friend's Wedding and A Life Less Ordinary, both released in 1997. The following year, she played the title role in the smash hit There's Something About Mary (1998), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the category of Best Actress – Musical or Comedy.[4]
She received critical acclaim for her performance in Being John Malkovich (1999), which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Awards. Between 1998 and 2000, Diaz was featured in many movies, such as Very Bad ThingsAny Given SundayThings You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, and the successful adaptation of Charlie's Angels.[4] In 2001, she won nominations for Best Supporting Actress for the Golden Globe Awards, the SAG Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards, and the American Film Institute Awards for Vanilla Sky, and also voiced Princess Fiona in the movie Shrek,[4] for which she earned $10 million. In 2003 she starred in Gangs of New York.


Diaz at the Shrek the ThirdLondon premiere in June 2007
In 2005, Diaz played opposite Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine in In Her Shoes (2005), a comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner, which focuses on the relationship between two sisters and their grandmother. The film received generally positive reviews from critics,[22] and Diaz garnered acclaim for her performance of a dyslectic wild child engaged in a love-hate struggle with her plain, sensible sister (Collette), with USA Todaycalling it "her best work" then.[23] She followed In Her Shoes with a role in Nancy Meyersromantic comedy The Holiday, also starring Kate WinsletJude Law and Jack Black. In it she played Amanda, an American movie trailerproducer who temporarily exchanges homes with a British woman (Winslet). Released to a mixed reception by critics,[24] the film became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year, grossing more than $205 million worldwide.[25]
Diaz's only film of 2007 was Shrek the Third, the third installment in the Shrek franchise. Although the film was met with mixed reviews from critics,[26] it grossed $798 million worldwide.[27] The same year, Diaz also voiced Princess Fiona in a thirty-minute Christmas special, directed by Gary Trousdale.[28] Diaz earned an estimated $50 million during the period of a year ending June 2008, for her roles in the Shrek sequel and her next film What Happens in Vegasopposite Ashton Kutcher.[29][30] A romantic comedy by Tom Vaughan, Diaz and Kutcher portrayed two strangers who awaken together to discover they have gotten married following a night in which they won a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. While audiences reacted positively to the film, reviews were negative.[31]
In 2009, she starred in My Sister's Keeper and The Box. Based on Jodi Picoult's novel of the same name,[32] My Sister's Keeper was released to mixed reviews in June 2009.[33] In the drama, Diaz plays a former lawyer and mother of two, one of whom is dying of leukemia. A moderate commercial success, it grossed $95 million worldwide, mostly from its domestic run.[34] Set in 1976, The Box, written and directed by Richard Kelly, stars Diaz and James Marsden as a couple who receive a box from a mysterious man who offers them one million dollars if they press the button sealed within the dome on top of a box, knowing that someone, somewhere, will die from it.[35] Critical response towards the psychological horror film was mixed,[36] and, though having grossed its budget back, was considered a financial disappointment.[37]


Diaz at the premiere of The Green Hornet in Berlin,Germany, December 2010
In 2010, Forbes ranked Diaz as the richest female celebrity, ranking her number 60 among the wealthiest 100.[38][39] Also that year, Diaz reprised her voice role of Princess Fiona in Shrek Forever After, the fourth installment in theShrek series. Although the film opened to mixed reviews from critics, it grossed a worldwide total of over $752 million and became the fifth top grossing films released that year.[40] Also in 2010, Diaz reunited with her Vanilla Sky co-starTom Cruise in the action comedy film Knight and Day. In it, Diaz plays a classic car restorer who unwittingly gets caught up with the eccentric secret agent Roy Miller, played by Cruise, who is on the run from the Secret ServiceKnight and Day received mixed reviews,[41] and while the comedy performed poorly at the box office in its debut, it became a sleeper hit at the box office at a worldwide gross of $262 million.[42]
In 2011, she played Lenore Case, a journalist, in the remake of the 1940s film The Green Hornet. Directed by Michel Gondry, Diaz starred alongside Seth RogenJay Chou, and Christoph Waltz in the superhero action comedy film. Released to mixed to negative reviews from critics, who called it an "overblown, interminable and unfunny update",[43] the film ended its theatrical run on April 21, 2011, with a worldwide gross total of $228 million.[42] The same year, she played opposite Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel in Jake Kasdan's adult comedy Bad Teacher. In the film, Diaz plays an immoral, gold-digging Chicago-area middle school teacher at the fictional John Adams Middle School who curses at her students, drinks heavily, and smokes marijuana. Again, it received mostly negative reviews from critics who felt that "in spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be."[44] A commercial hit however, the R-rated comedy grossed $216 million worldwide.[45] Also in 2011, Diaz was listed among CEOWorld magazine's Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.[46]
Diaz at the 2012 premiereWhat to Expect When You're Expecting in New York
In 2012, Diaz was cast in What to Expect When You're Expecting, directed by Kirk Jones and based on the pregnancy guide of the same name.[47] Diaz, who filmed her scenes in a two-week period, portrays Jules Baxer, a contestant on a celebrity dance show and a host to a weight-loss fitness show, who becomes pregnant with her dance partner's baby.[48] Upon release, the ensemble comedy received mostly negative reviews, but became a moderate commercial success with a worldwide gross of $84.4 million.[49][50] Diaz's other film that year was Gambit, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name directed by Michael Hoffman and scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews,[51] and performed poorly at the box office, grossing only $10 million internationally.[52] Diaz also voiced Sigmund Freud in A Liar's Autobiography (2012), a 2012 British animated comedy film that is a completely inaccurate portrayal of the life of Monty Python alumnusGraham Chapman.
In Ridley Scott's The Counselor, Diaz's only film project of 2013, a thriller film about greed, death, the primal instincts of humans and their consequences, she starred along with Michael FassbenderJavier BardemPenélope Cruz andBrad Pitt. Diaz plays a pathological liar and a sociopath, an immigrant who is now living the high-life after escaping a sordid past as an exotic dancer. While Diaz earned positive reviews for her performance, the film was largely panned by critics.[53]
Diaz's first film of 2014 was the romantic revenge comedy The Other Woman opposite Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. Primarily filmed in Downtown ManhattanNew York City, it depicts Diaz as a successful, strong-minded lawyer, who discovers her boyfriend is married, only to bond with his wife and another woman she discovers he has been cheating with.[54] While The Other Woman received mostly negative reviews from critics, who felt that it settled for cheap laughs,[55] it opened atop the US weekend box office with earnings of $24.7 million across the three days.[56] Also in 2014, Diaz starred in the comedy Sex Tape, with Jason Segel, and co-starred in another adaptation of the musical,Annie, playing Miss Agatha Hannigan.[57]
In late 2013, she published a health book, The Body Book: Feed, Move, Understand and Love Your Amazing Body, co-written with Sandra Bark.[58] It was no. 2 on The New York Times Best Seller list in March 2014.[59]

Personal life[edit]

Diaz has had long-term relationships with video producer Carlos de la Torre,[60][61] actor Matt Dillon,[3] actor/singer Jared Leto,[62][63] singer/actor Justin Timberlake,[3][64] and New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez.[65] She married musician Benji Madden at her home in Beverly Hills, California, on January 5, 2015, after a 17-day engagement,[66] having been introduced seven months earlier by her close friend and now sister-in-law, Nicole Richie.[67] The marriage came as a reversal for Diaz, who had previously referred to the custom as a "dying institution" that doesn't "suit our world any longer".[68]
Diaz received substantial defamation damages from suing American Media Incorporated, after the National Enquirer posted an article and pictures with the headline “Cameron Caught Cheating” on their website in May 2005.[69] The photos claimed to show Diaz cheating on her boyfriend of the time, Justin Timberlake, with the married MTV producer of her show Trippin', Shane Nickerson.[69][70] After Diaz complained, the article and pictures were removed from the web and the hard copy did not contain any of the content. The magazine apologized to Diaz, Timberlake, Nickerson and his wife for the distress caused and said the story was untrue and the picture showed no more than a goodbye hug between friends.[69]
She endorsed Al Gore publicly during the United States presidential election, 2000. Known for her environmental activism, she is an early adopter of the Prius electric car and worked to promote Gore's Live Earth campaign, raising awareness of climate change.[71]Diaz wore a T-shirt that read "I won't vote for a son of a Bush!" while making publicity visits for Charlie's Angels.[72]
Diaz has publicly revealed that she suffers from ADHD, which prevents her from directing movies.[73]
Diaz has been involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest nonprofit organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has spoken as an advocate for military families.[74] Although she was quoted by a 1997Time article as saying she was germophobic,[75] in 2009, Diaz specifically stated that a small comment she made 12 years earlier regarding public-bathroom doorknobs was distorted.[76]
On April 15, 2008, Diaz's father, Emilio Diaz, died at the age of 58 from pneumonia.[77]
In February 2015, Diaz spoke of the effect of practicing Transcendental Meditation, saying, "To have that tool now and to be able to go inside to the deepest part of myself and to access that and to recharge my battery internally, within myself, I feel so badass. I really do. I think it's so awesome. I feel so empowered that I actually possess that."[78][79]
As of 2010, Diaz lives in Los Angeles, California.[80]


Diaz in June 2009


1994The MaskTina Carlyle
1995The Last SupperJude
1996She's the OneHeather Davis
1996Feeling MinnesotaFreddie Clayton
1996Head Above WaterNathalie
1997Keys to TulsaTrudy
1997My Best Friend's WeddingKimmy Wallace
1997A Life Less OrdinaryCeline Naville
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasTV reporter
1998There's Something About MaryMary Jensen
1998Very Bad ThingsLaura Garrety
1999Being John MalkovichLotte Schwartz
1999Any Given SundayChristina Pagniacci
2000Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at HerCarol Faber
2000Charlie's AngelsNatalie Cook
2001The Invisible CircusFaith
2001ShrekPrincess FionaVoice
2001Vanilla SkyJulie Gianni
2002The Sweetest ThingChristina Walters
2002Gangs of New YorkJenny Everdeane
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleNatalie Cook
2004Shrek 2Princess FionaVoice
2005In Her ShoesMaggie Feller
2006The HolidayAmanda Woods
2007Shrek the ThirdPrincess FionaVoice
2007Shrek the HallsPrincess FionaVoice
2008What Happens in VegasJoy McNally
2009My Sister's KeeperSara Fitzgerald
2009The BoxNorma Lewis
2010Shrek Forever AfterPrincess FionaVoice
2010Scared ShreklessPrincess FionaVoice
2010Knight and DayJune Havens
2011The Green HornetLenore Case
2011Bad TeacherElizabeth Halsey
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingJules
2012GambitPJ Puznowski
2012A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham ChapmanSigmund FreudVoice
2013The CounselorMalkina
2013The UnbelieversHerself
2013In a World...Herself in trailer for The Amazon Games (uncredited)[81]
2014The Other WomanCarly Whitten
2014Sex TapeAnnie Hargrove
2014AnnieMiss Hannigan


1996Space Ghost Coast to CoastHerselfEpisode: Surprise
1998Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Cameron Diaz/The Smashing Pumpkins"
2002Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Cameron Diaz/Jimmy Eat World"
2005Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Cameron Diaz/Green Day"
2005Trippin'Herself (host)[82]10 episodes; also executive producer
2009Sesame StreetHerself3 episodes
2010Top GearHerselfEpisode: "15.5"
2014Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars"

As producer[edit]

2014Bad Teacher13 episodes[83]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardResult
1997My Best Friend's WeddingSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
1998My Best Friend's WeddingALMA Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Role Crossover in a Feature FilmWon
1998There's Something About MaryAmerican Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Actress in a Motion PictureWon[84]
1998There's Something About MaryNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActressWon[84]
1998There's Something About MaryGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated[84]
1999There's Something About MaryMTV Movie Awards Best Female PerformanceWon
1999There's Something About MaryMTV Movie Awards Best Comedic PerformanceNominated
1999There's Something About MaryMTV Movie Awards Best KissNominated
1999There's Something About MaryTeen Choice Awards Most Disgusting Scene in a MovieWon
1999Being John MalkovichAmerican Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
1999Being John MalkovichBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated
1999Being John MalkovichGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
1999Being John MalkovichOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
1999Being John MalkovichOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting EnsembleNominated
1999Being John MalkovichSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
1999Being John MalkovichScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
1999Being John MalkovichScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
2000Any Given SundayALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Feature FilmWon
2000Charlie's AngelsSaturn Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2000Charlie's AngelsSatellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
2001Charlie's AngelsMTV Movie Awards Best Dance SequenceWon
2001Charlie's AngelsKids Choice Awards Favorite Movie ActressNominated
2001Charlie's AngelsKids Choice Awards Best BurpWon
2001Vanilla SkyBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActressWon[84]
2001Vanilla SkyChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressWon[84]
2001Vanilla SkyAmerican Film Institute Award for Supporting Actress of the YearNominated
2001Vanilla SkyBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2001Vanilla SkyDallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2001Vanilla SkyGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated[84]
2001Vanilla SkySaturn Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2001Vanilla SkyScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated[84]
2001Vanilla SkyALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
2002Gangs of New YorkGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
2002Gangs of New YorkOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting EnsembleNominated
2007The HolidayALMA Awards Outstanding Actress - Motion PictureNominated
2007The HolidayNRJ Ciné Awards[84] Meilleur baiser ("Best Kiss")Nominated
2007The HolidayTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Hissy FitNominated
2008Shrek the ThirdKids Choice Awards Favorite Voice From an Animated MovieNominated
2008Shrek the ThirdKids Choice Awards Wannabe AwardWon
2009My Sister's KeeperALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in Motion PictureNominated
2010Shrek Forever AfterAnnie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature ProductionNominated
2011Bad TeacherALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/MusicalNominated
2011Bad TeacherTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – ComedyWon
2011Bad TeacherCinemaCon Awards Female Star of the Year AwardWon
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/MusicalNominated
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingTeen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress: ComedyNominated
2013What to Expect When You're ExpectingPeople's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie ActressNominated
2014The CounselorMTV Movie Awards Best WTF MomentNominated
2014The Other WomanTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: ComedyNominated
2014The Other WomanTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie: ChemistryNominated
2015The Other WomanPeople's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie ActresNominated
2015AnnieKids Choice Awards Favorite Movie ActressNominated
2015AnnieKids Choice Awards Favorite VillainNominated