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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cameron Diaz Biography

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, and There's Something About Mary. Other high-profile movie credits include the two Charlie's Angels movies and voicing the character Princess Fiona for the Shrek series. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.

On a lark, Cameron Diaz auditioned for the Jim Carrey vehicle, "The Mask" (1994), a cartoon comedy about a meek and mild banker (Carrey) who finds an ancient mask that suddenly transforms him when worn into an indestructible superhero able to fulfill his innermost whims and desires - but not without consequences. Diaz originally intended on playing the supporting role of a reporter - a part that eventually went to Amy Yasbeck. Instead, she wound up auditioning 12 times to play Carrey's chief love interest. Diaz wowed audiences from the get-go with her Rita Hayworthesque entrance and subsequent strong performance. Despite her lack of formal training, she more than held her own against Carrey's over-the-top antics. Thanks to the movie's $120 million take at the box office, Diaz became an overnight star. Meanwhile, her newfound star power did not go unrecognized by critics. Roger Ebert, writing in his review in the The Chicago Sun-Times (July 29, 1994), called her "a true discovery in the film; a genuine sex bomb with a gorgeous face, a wonderful smile, and a gift of comic timing." Even more flattering were comparisons to the benchmark by which all beautiful blonde comediennes were measured: 1930s screwball comedy queen, Carole Lombard. Through the years, the Lombard comparison would often pop up in reference to Diaz, as the two were both able to effectively channel their inner goofball, while still looking stunning on the surface.

Riding the buzz from her performance in "The Mask," Diaz suddenly became a hot commodity, both with producers and with the tabloids. Though intensely fearful of fame, Diaz nonetheless found herself front and center of national tabloids, thanks to her public relationship with actor Matt Dillon. On the screen, she made a series of shrewd moves, opting to take roles in low-budget films which allowed her to stretch her abilities. In "The Last Supper" (1996), Diaz was one of five liberal college students who invite a weekly right-winger guest to break bread and discuss current affairs, only to have one such conversation turn deadly. She quickly followed with the small town dramedy, "Feeling Minnesota" (1996), playing a confused bride-to-be who finds herself attracted to her potential brother-in-law (Keanu Reeves). Game from the start to play less-than-likable women, she deftly essayed a former hooker-turned-Wall Street shark in the Edward Burns comedy "She's the One" (1996). Though she stumbled as a spoiled rich girl who conspires with her kidnapper (Ewan McGregor) in the uneven caper comedy, "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), Diaz found her footing as the fiancée of a man (Dermot Mulroney) who suddenly finds herself competing with a rival (Julia Roberts) in "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). While Roberts may have been America's resident "sweetheart" up to the film's release, when the hit movie finally opened, it was clear there was a new girl in town - someone who managed to steal Roberts' long held thunder. Diaz's goofy good-girl performance - which should have been the villain of the story - won over audiences, particularly when Diaz shameless mangled a karaoke song to great comedic effect.

Having proven her comedic abilities as a supporting player, she was granted leading status in the Farrelly Brothers' uproarious comedy, "There's Something About Mary" (1998). Playing the object of desire for her nerdy high school prom date (Ben Stiller) who hires a private detective (Matt Dillon) to track her down in Miami after 10 years, Diaz exuded eternal optimism and beauty, while playing the perfect foil against two love-struck buffoons willing to do anything to capture her attention. Though several outlandish moments occurred onscreen, nothing compared to the infamous hair gel scene, where an unsuspecting Diaz sees a dollop of sperm hanging from Stiller's earlobe and uses it in her hair. Perhaps the biggest hit of 1998, "There's Something About Mary" propelled Cameron Diaz to assured stardom and earned her a surprise New York Film Critics' award for Best Actress. Meanwhile, after being wasted in a cameo as a television reporter in Terry Gilliam's hallucinatory "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998), Diaz delved into the dark side by downplaying her bubbly onscreen persona in Peter Berg's black comedy "Very Bad Things" (1998), playing a manipulative, almost psychopathic woman hell-bent on marching down the aisle.

Actor Credits

Bad Teacher (2011)
Elizabeth Halsey
The Green Hornet (2011)
Lenore Case
Knight and Day (2010)
June Havens
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Voice of Fiona
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Sara Fitzgerald
The Box (2009)
Norma Lewis
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Joy McNally
Shrek the Third (2007)
Voice of Princess Fiona/ Voice of Princess Fiona
The Who is Norman Lloyd? (2007)
The Holiday (2006)
Amanda Woods
In Her Shoes (2005)
Maggie Feller
Shrek 2 (2004)
Voice of Princess Fiona
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Jenny Everdeane
Slackers (2002)
Movie Star
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Christina Walters
Shrek (2001)
Voice of Princess Fiona
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Julie Gianni
The Invisible Circus (2001)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Christina Pagniacci
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Lotte Schwartz
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Blonde TV Reporter
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Mary Jenson
Very Bad Things (1998)
Laura Garrety
Keys to Tulsa (1997)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Kimmy Wallace
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Head Above Water (1996)
She's the One (1996)
The Last Supper (1996)
The Mask (1994)
Tina Carlyle
Gambit (Remake)
PJ Puznowski


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