Cameron Diaz Biography

Cameron Michelle Diaz, born on August 30, 1972 in San Diego, California, USA is a top film actress. Grown up in a very open-minded family, Diaz's Cuban-American oil company foreman father and Anglo-German mother allowed her to leave home at 16 to begin modeling. Hence forth, she later on described herself as an "adventurous, independent and a tough kid." For the next five years, because of her successful modeling career, she went touring Japan, Australia, Morocco and Paris while also appeared in such famous magazines, as Medemoiselle and Seventeen and that she became the angel of Kalvin Klein, Coca-Cola and Levi's too.

In 1994, Diaz returned to California and made her acting debut by successfully won the female lead role of torch-singing mob moll, Tina Carlyle in the blockbuster action-comedy, "The Mask", playing opposite the then famous comedian Jim Carrey. For the following three years, the beauty played in some low budget films, such as "The Last Supper" and "Feeling Minnesota," from which she then could sharpen her acting skills that earned her a role in the romantic comedy film "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). Next tapped to star in the crude comedy "There's Something about Mary" (1998), it was this flick that enabled her to penetrate Hollywood as well as catapulted her acting career to the top as she was nominated for Best Actress category at the 1999 Golden Globes, placing her among A-list Hollywood actresses. The next year saw this movie darling earned her full fledged star status through her highly acclaimed performance in "Being John Malkovich" which granted her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards and the SAG Awards.

Later that year, she was challenged to star as the glamorous, hard-nosed new owner of a professional football team in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," costarring Al Pacino and Dennis Quaid. With her celebrity status rocketing even higher than before, Diaz surprisingly continued to appear in relatively low-budget independent films, including the comedy "Very Bad Things" (1998) and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000). It was not long that in the fall of 2000 she secured a part in the hit big-screen remake of the 1970s television show, "Charlie's Angels," playing one of the three female detectives alongside Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. This was quite a big turn for her that she could show her lighter side with a disarming turn, as well as convincingly kick butt as a pseudo action hero. Then again, Diaz won a legion of youthful admirers with her providing the voice for the spirited Princess Fiona in the 2001 animated hit "Shrek," also featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy. Her supporting role in that year's another hit movie "Vanilla Sky" earned Diaz even more critical praise, won her a third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

That was quite an achievement, enough for Diaz to secure more film offers, naming some were "Slackers," "The Sweetest Thing," and "Gangs of New York" all of which hit the theaters in 2002. The next year, 2003, witnessed her immediate breakout success with her return to the second of the Charlie's Angels cinematic releases, "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," reuniting her with Barrymore and Liu. Opened in the United States on June 27th, the action comedy was number one at the box office for that weekend and made a worldwide total of more than $252 million. In between film roles, the actress starred in "Trippin'" (2005), a 10-episode travel series for MTV in which she and fellow celebrities visited exotic locales and enjoyed unusual activities, riding elephants in Nepal, sand-boarding in Chile and testing the hot springs in Yellowstone. "Shrek 2" (2004) marked Diaz's return to the center stage before she then billed to star in director Curtis Hanson's dramedy "In Her Shoes" (2005) which despite the most positive reviews it received only grossed $32 million domestically in the United States. Next on her film resume was the 2006 comedy romance, "The Holiday" and the highly anticipated "Shrek the Third" which is about to hit worldwide theaters in May 2007.

Off screen, Diaz once involved in a long-term relationship with video producer Carlos de La Torre which sadly ended in 1995. She after that dated her "There's Something About Mary" costar Matt Dillon from 1996 to 1998 and was later dating actor Jared Leto with whom she once engaged but later split in November 2000. In 2003, Diaz hooked up with pop singer Justin Timberlake, who's nine years her junior, thus would bring even more attention to the couple. Unfortunately, their bond wasn't strong enough that after dating for three years the pair confirmed their split January 11, 2007 in a joint statement, saying "We have, in fact, ended our romantic relationship, and have done so mutually and as friends, with continued love and respect for one another."