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Cameron Diaz - Biography

Cameron Diaz

A popular American actress, model Cameron born on 30 August, 1972, to Emilio Diaz (2nd generation Cuban American) and Billie Diaz (German, Native American and English heritage). Her father has worked as a foreman for an oil company and mother, was an import-export broker. Cameron has an older sister Chimene. Her birthplace is San Diego, California, USA, while she grew up in Long Beach. When she was young the family moved up the coast where she attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Before enter into acting Cameron has done modeling. Diaz started modeling at the age of 16 according to the suggestion of photographer Jeff Dunas. Cameron met Jeff Dunas at a Hollywood party where he suggested her for modeling. Jeff put in a good word for Cameron at the prestigious Elite agency, where she worked with Elite for five years. She traveled from country to country for her projects. Eventually hooked up with boyfriend Carlos De La Torre with whom she stayed for five years in a Hollywood apartment.

At the age of 21, Cameron returned to California. At that time her agent suggested her that she should try her hand in acting. She was completely unknown to the film industry, acting. With no prior acting experience she was starred in the Jim Carrey's "The Mask" with a lead role.

After the big budget "The Mask" Cameron appeared in many low budget films like "The Last Supper" (1995), "Feeling Minnesota" (1996), "She's the One" (1996), Head Above Water (1996), Keys to Tulsa (1997), and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997).

Cameron's first big hit come up with the romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding" in 1997, where she played a role of a perfect fiancée opposite Julia Roberts. In 1998, "There's Something About Mary" gives her another big success. It is one of the year's biggest box-office successes. The same year she did "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and a black comedy "Very Bad Things".

Cameron's 1999's projects includes "Being John Malkovich" and "Any Given Sunday". In "Being John Malkovich" she played a role of the pet store employee wife of a puppeteer John Cusack's wife, which was not that much satisfying. In "Any Given Sunday" she played the role of the president and co-owner of a football team in Oliver Stone's paean to American football.

In 2000 Cameron does the film "Charlie's Angels" with Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. Charlie's Angels was the much-hyped big-screen remake of the television classic, also served up Matrix-style action with retro-sensibilities, propelling the franchise into the new millennium.

In year 2001 Diaz turned to entertain younger audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona in the animated box-office smash Shrek. The same year also appeared in the Tom Cruise mindbender "Vanilla Sky".

Year 2002 comes up with the Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" which is the historical trip to the birthplace of America, headlining the ill-fated comedy. While with Charlie's Angels sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" Cameron becomes the second actress to join the "$20 Million" after Julia Roberts. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" performed very well at the box office. While in 2004 another sequel, "Shrek 2" became the third-highest grossing film of all-time.

In 2005, Cameron turned her way to the small screen where she did hosting and producing of MTV reality show Trippin'. Also keeping her Hollywood projects to go on with Toni Collette starred Curtis Hanson film "In Her Shoes" in the same year.

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