Cameron Diaz Biography
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American former actress and model. She was born in San Diego, California and was raised in Long Beach by a Cuban-American father and a German mother. While still in high school, she signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management.
She is one of the most prolific and bankable actresses of her era, she is known for her 20-year career in film. She is described as “adventurous, independent and a tough kid,” The tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde actress left home at age 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris to pursue her modeling career.
Returning to California at the age of 21, she was working as a model when she auditioned for a big part in The Mask (1994). To her amazement and despite having no previous acting experience, she was cast as the female lead in the film opposite Jim Carrey.
She was subsequently cast in a supporting role in the romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), before appearing as the supposed character in the hit comedy There’s Something About Mary in 1998, which brought her so much fame and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
|Real Name:||Cameron Michelle Diaz|
|Date of Birth:||August 30, 1972|
|Place of Birth:||Sherman Oaks, California|
|Occupation:||Actress and Model|
|Net Worth||$140 million|
Early Life and Education
Cameron Michelle Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California to Billie, an import/export agent, and Emilio Diaz, who was a foreman of the California oil company Unocal. Diaz was raised in Long Beach with her elder sister, Chimene.
The Blonde hair and Blue eyes pretty actress attended Los Cerritos Elementary School, and then Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where she was a schoolmate of Snoop Dogg and graduated in 1999. As a member of that school’s dance-drill team, Cameron performed during half-time at football games. She recalled her upbringing as frugal.
While still attending high school, Diaz signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management at age 16. This was after she was discovered by a photographer at a Hollywood party who, within a week, helped her land the contract with the Elite Modeling Agency.
She appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein and Levi’s. The following year, at age 17, she was featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen magazine. Diaz also modeled for 2 to 3 months in Australia and in 1991, she shot a commercial for Coca-Cola in Sydney.
In January 2002, Cameron she signed a $20 Million deal to do Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) to become only the second actress to join the coveted $20 Million Club (after Julia Roberts).
At the age of 21, Diaz auditioned for The Mask playing a jazz singer named, Tina Carlyl 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.
Ever since, Cameron has featured in so many films earning so many nominations and awards. List of films she has featured in are:
|1995||The Last Supper|
|1996||She’s the One|
Head Above Water
|1997||Keys to Tulsa|
My Best Friend’s Wedding
A Life Less Ordinary
|1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas|
There’s Something About Mary
Very Bad Things
|1999||Being John Malkovich|
Any Given Sunday
|2000||Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her|
|2001||The Invisible Circus|
|2002||The Sweetest Thing|
Gangs of New York
|2003||Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle|
|2005||In Her Shoes|
|2007||Shrek the Third|
|2008||What Happens in Vegas|
|2009||My Sister’s Keeper|
|2010||Shrek Forever After|
Knight and Day
|2011||The Green Hornet|
|2012||What to Expect When You’re Expecting|
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
In a World…
|2014||The Other Woman|
Diaz has won many awards which include:
- Best Actress There’s Something About Mary – 1998
- Best Music Adapted Song My Best Friend’s Wedding – 1998
- Best Female Performance for There’s Something About Mary – 1999
- Funniest Lead Actress in a Motion Picture There’s Something About Mary – 1999
- Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film Any Given Sunday – 2000
- Best Dance Sequence and Best On-Screen Team Charlie’s Angels – 2001
- Best Supporting Actress Vanilla Sky – 2001
- Best Actress Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – 2004
- Favourite Leading Lady The Holiday – 2007
- Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Bad Teacher – 2011
In 1998 after appearing in There’s Something About Mary, Diaz briefly dated her co-star Matt Dillon. The following year, she began a relationship with actor Jared Leto, which ended in 2003.
The couple had been introduced ten months earlier by her close friend Nicole Richie who is also married to Madden’s brother Joel Madden. In December 2019, the couple welcomed a daughter named Raddix through surrogate.