Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cameron Michelle Díaz

Born on August 30, 1972
Cameron Michelle Díaz 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.

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. 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.

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

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

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