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Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She rose to prominence during the 1990s with roles in the movies The MaskMy Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include the two Charlie's Angels films, voicing the character Princess Fiona in the Shrek seriesAny Given Sunday,Knight and DayThe HolidayThe Green Hornet and Bad Teacher.

Diaz has received four Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the movies, Being John MalkovichVanilla SkyGangs of New York, and There's Something About Mary for which she also won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award. She is also a BAFTA Nominee. In 2013, Diaz was named the highest paid actress over 40 in Hollywood.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

Cameron Diaz was born in San Diego, California. Her mother, Billie Joann (née Early), is an import-export agent, and her father, Emilio Luis Diaz (1949–2008), worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger.[4][5] Diaz has an older sister, Chimene. Her father's family were Cuban (of Spanish descent), and settled in Tampa's Ybor City, later moving to California, where Emilio was born.[6][7] Her mother has EnglishGerman, and Scots-Irish ancestry.[8][9][10] Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California, and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.[11][12]

CareerEdit

ModelingEdit

She began her career as a fashion model at age 16, and contracted with a modeling agency, Elite Model Management. For the next few years she worked around the world on contracts for companies such as Calvin Klein and Levi's.[13]When she was age 17 she was featured on the front cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen.[14]

ActingEdit

[1][2]Diaz at the 2002 Cannes Film Festivalwith Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCapriofor the movie Gangs of New York

At age 21, Diaz auditioned for The Mask,[15] based on the recommendation of an agent for Elite, who met the film's producers while they were searching for the female main 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.[16] and launched Diaz as a sex symbol.[17][18]

Preferring to feel her way effectively into the industry, Diaz avoided large studio films for the next three years and took roles in the independent films The Last Supper (1995), 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.[19]During this time she earned considerable tabloid fame for being actor Matt Dillon's steady date, 1995 through 1998. 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.[13]

[3][4]Tom Cruise and Diaz at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards

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 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at HerVery Bad ThingsAny Given Sunday, and the successful adaptation of Charlie's Angels.[13] 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,[13] for which she earned $10 million.

In 2003, Diaz received another Golden Globe nomination for Martin Scorsese's 2002 epic Gangs of New York, and became the third actress (after Wedding costar Julia Roberts) to earn $20 million for a role, receiving the sum for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Her next movies were In Her Shoes (2005) and The Holiday (2006). She was preparing to work again with The Maskco-star Jim Carrey for the film Fun with Dick and Jane, but resigned to feature in In Her Shoes. Diaz reportedly earned $50 million during the period of a year ending June 2008, for her roles inWhat Happens in Vegas opposite Ashton Kutcher, and the Shrek sequels.[20][21][22] In 2009, she starred in My Sister's Keeper and The Box.

In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Cameron Diaz as the richest Hispanic female celebrity, ranking number 60 among the wealthiest 100.[23][24] Also that year, Diaz voiced Princess Fiona for the movie Shrek Forever After, and reunited with her Vanilla Sky co-star Tom Cruise in the action adventure Knight and Day.

In 2011, she played Lenore Case, the journalist in the remake of the 1940s film The Green Hornet, and was the central lead in the hit comedy Bad Teacher. She was listed among CEOWORLD magazine's Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.[25] Diaz will play Miss Hannigan in a new film adaptation of the musical, Annie.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Diaz received "substantial" defamation damages from suing American Media Incorporated, after The National Enquirer had claimed she was cheating on Justin Timberlake.[27] She endorsed Al Gore publicly during 2000. 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.[28] Diaz has also 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.[29] Although she was quoted by a 1997 Time magazine article as saying she was germophobic,[30] Diaz specifically denied this on the June 26, 2009, edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, saying that a small comment she made twelve years earlier regarding public bathroom doorknobs was distorted out of proportion.[31]

On April 15, 2008, Cameron's father, Emilio Diaz, died at the age of 58 from pneumonia.[32]

RelationshipsEdit

From 1990 to December 1994, Diaz cohabited with video producer Carlos de la Torre.[33][34] In 1995, Diaz dated actor Vincent D'Onofrio during the production of Feeling Minnesota.[34] Later in 1995, she began a relationship with actorMatt Dillon. The relationship ended in December 1998.[35] She began dating actor & member of 30 Seconds To Mars Jared Leto in 1999, and the couple became engaged in 2000.[36] In 2003, they ended their four-year relationship.[37]Diaz dated singer Justin Timberlake from 2003 to 2006.[35] 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 acting a scene on a set.[38] Diaz was in a romantic relationship with New York Yankees baseball starAlex Rodriguez from July 2010 to September 2011.[39]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

[5][6]Diaz at the premiere of The Green Hornet in Berlin (December 2010)

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Mask Tina Carlyle
1995 The Last Supper Jude
1996 She's the One Heather Davis
1996 Feeling Minnesota Freddie Clayton
1996 Head Above Water Nathalie
1996 Keys to Tulsa Trudy
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Kimmy Wallace
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Celine Naville
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas TV reporter
1998 There's Something About Mary Mary Jensen
1998 Very Bad Things Laura Garrety
1999 Man Woman Film Celebrity Cameo
1999 Being John Malkovich Lotte Schwartz
1999 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Carol Faber
1999 The Invisible Circus Faith
1999 Any Given Sunday Christina Pagniacci
2000 Charlie's Angels Natalie Cook
2001 Shrek Princess Fiona Voice
2001 Vanilla Sky Julie Gianni
2002 The Sweetest Thing Christina Walters
2002 Gangs of New York Jenny Everdeane
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Natalie Cook
2004 Shrek 2 Princess Fiona Voice
2005 In Her Shoes Maggie Feller
2006 The Holiday Amanda Woods
2007 Shrek the Third Princess Fiona Voice
2007 Shrek the Halls Princess Fiona Voice
2008 What Happens in Vegas Joy McNally
2009 My Sister's Keeper Sara Fitzgerald
2009 The Box Norma Lewis
2010 Shrek Forever After Princess Fiona Voice
2010 Scared Shrekless Princess Fiona Voice
2010 Knight and Day June Havens
2011 The Green Hornet Lenore Case
2011 Bad Teacher Elizabeth Halsey
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Jules
2012 Gambit PJ Puznowski
2012 A Liar's Autobiography Sigmund Freud
2013 The Counselor Malkina
2014 The Other Woman[40] Filming
2014 Annie Miss Hannigan[26]
2014 Basic Math Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Trippin' Herself[41] Documentary
2008–2009 Saturday Night Live Kiki Deamore 3 episodes
2009 Sesame Street Herself
2010 Top Gear Herself Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car
2011 The X Factor Herself Guest judge
2013 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: Adam Levine/Kendrick Lamar

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1998 There's Something About Mary Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1999 Being John Malkovich Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2000 Charlie's Angels Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Charlie's Angels Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
2001 Vanilla Sky Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2001 Vanilla Sky Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2001 Vanilla Sky Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2002 Gangs of New York Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress Nominated
2011 Bad Teacher Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Won
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