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Also Known As: Cameron Michelle Diaz Died:
Born: August 30, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, model, yogurt store salesclerk

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Perhaps no actress had a faster ride to the top than Cameron Diaz, who was launched into stardom with "The Mask" (1994), her first-ever onscreen performance. Though originally slated for a minor role, Diaz won over the movie's producers with her unique charm and looks, and took on the lead actress role with verve. Though she followed up her success with a string of mediocre independent features like "Feeling Minnesota" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), Diaz firmly established her bona fides with an exuberant co-starring role in "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997) that managed to pull the rug out from under the feet of star Julia Roberts. But it was "There's Something About Mary" (1998), the Farrelly Brothers' wildly successful gross out comedy, that cemented her status atop the A-list. Despite success in mainstream features, she did broaden her horizons with challenging performances in "Being John Malkovich" (1999) and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000), two critically-lauded indies that allowed Diaz to display her strong acting chops. Easily fluctuating between the worlds of small-budge indies and major Hollywood blockbusters like "Charlie's Angels" (2001) and "Shrek 2"...

Perhaps no actress had a faster ride to the top than Cameron Diaz, who was launched into stardom with "The Mask" (1994), her first-ever onscreen performance. Though originally slated for a minor role, Diaz won over the movie's producers with her unique charm and looks, and took on the lead actress role with verve. Though she followed up her success with a string of mediocre independent features like "Feeling Minnesota" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), Diaz firmly established her bona fides with an exuberant co-starring role in "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997) that managed to pull the rug out from under the feet of star Julia Roberts. But it was "There's Something About Mary" (1998), the Farrelly Brothers' wildly successful gross out comedy, that cemented her status atop the A-list. Despite success in mainstream features, she did broaden her horizons with challenging performances in "Being John Malkovich" (1999) and "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000), two critically-lauded indies that allowed Diaz to display her strong acting chops. Easily fluctuating between the worlds of small-budge indies and major Hollywood blockbusters like "Charlie's Angels" (2001) and "Shrek 2" (2004), Diaz demonstrated that she was so much more than a pretty face.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Annie (2014)
2.
 Agent Century 21 (2014)
3.
 Other Woman, The (2014)
4.
 Counselor, The (2013)
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 Bad Teacher (2011)
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 Knight and Day (2010)
10.
 Box, The (2009)
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Raised in Southern California
1989:
Began modeling at age 16; signed to the Elite Modeling Agency
1989:
Appeared on several magazine covers and in commercials
1994:
Feature acting debut, "The Mask"
1996:
Appeared in the ensemble of "The Last Supper"
1996:
Played a tough career woman in the Edward Burns directed "She's the One"
1997:
Co-starred with Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1997:
Landed leading role opposite Harvey Keitel in "Head Above Water"; premiered on HBO before receiving a theatrical release
1997:
Starred opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary"
1998:
Headlined the surprise hit comedy "There's Something About Mary," directed by the Farrelly brothers
1999:
Co-starred as the dumpy wife of a puppeteer in the Spike Jonze directed "Being John Malkovich"
1999:
Portrayed the new owner of a struggling football franchise in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Featured in the ensemble comedy-drama "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her"
2000:
Joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu to star in the big screen version of "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Voiced the character of Princess Fiona in the hit animated film "Shrek"
2001:
Portrayed the spurned lover of a wealthy playboy (Tom Cruise) in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"
2002:
Starred in the romantic comedy "The Sweetest Thing"
2002:
Played Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in Martin Scorsese's epic "Gangs of New York"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2003:
Reprised role in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2004:
Returned to voice the character of Princess Fiona in "Shrek 2"
2005:
Co-starred with Toni Collette in the film "In Her Shoes"; based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner
2006:
Co-starred with Jude Law in director Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "The Holiday"
2007:
Reprised role of Princess Fiona for "Shrek the Third"
2008:
Co-starred with Ashton Kutcher in romantic comedy "What Happens in Vegas..."
2009:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June)
2009:
Played the mother of a cancer stricken child in "My Sister's Keeper," a Nick Cassavetes-directed adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel
2009:
Co-starred with James Marsden in "The Box"
2010:
Once again voiced Princess Fiona in "Shrek Forever After"
2010:
Reunited with Tom Cruise in the action/comedy "Knight and Day," about a fugitive couple on a glamorous and deadly adventure across the globe
2011:
Cast as Lenore, the assistant to Seth Rogen's "The Green Hornet"
2011:
Co-starred with Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel in the comedy "Bad Teacher"
2012:
Cast as one of the leads in ensemble romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
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Education

Long Beach Polytechnic High School: Long Beach , California -
Los Cerritos Elementary School: Los Cerritos , California -

Notes

On the appeal of her role in "My Best Friend's Wedding": "I'd never played anybody who got to smile all the time. I don't get tied up. I don't get shot at or beaten--I smile!" --From Newsday, October 26, 1997.

"I like the feel of those [independent] films. The people were people I was interested in working with. The characters were characters that grabbed my attention. And I'm comfortable within their budgets." --Diaz quoted in Daily News, June 17, 1997.

"Modeling is acting; it's just that you tell a story in one image." --Cameron Diaz in Daily News, June 17, 1997.

"I was the tough kid with the jeans, the concert shirt with the flannel over it, the comb in the back pocket, the feathered hair. It was frightening." --Diaz to Rolling Stone, August 22, 1996.

"I'm very comfortable with the level of recognition that I've got. I don't feel like I've been blown out of proportion and I don't feel like I've been ignored." --Cameron Diaz to Lawrence Grobel in Movieline, March 1997.

"Modeling is like acting as far as taking direction goes, because you have a photographer who directs you and when they start putting clothes on you, you have to become the person who fits those clothes. The difference is that with acting you have three months to develop a character and understand them, so it's very fulfilling." --Cameron Diaz, quoted in Sci-Fi Universe, 1994.

"Everything I wear tends to revolve around my breasts. It's not because I'm trying to be sexy, but because I find wearing a bra extremely uncomfortable. I like to wear short skirts and little baby-doll dresses that are open at the top and short at the bottom. I really max my credit cards when I shop at Versace and Giorgio Armani. I also have a very serious shoe fetish. Come on, a girl can never have too many sandals." --Diaz quoted in London's Evening Standard, October 18, 1999.

Diaz on her status as one of "The most powerful women in Hollywood": "I'm in such denial. Because what does that mean to me? Everyone perceives it differently. So, okay, what is my definition of 'I am one of the most powerful women in Hollywood'? It is because my movies make money. Well, that is wonderful, and I am very fortunate to be in the position to give something to people that they want enough of over and over to see a movie. That, to me, is a huge accomplishment and yes, that's my reward -- that people enjoy what I do. But for the studios, the reward is the hundreds of millions of dollars that they get out of it, so then that becomes the power -- the money that I make for other people is what makes me powerful." --quoted in Premiere, October 2001.

"I'm not one of those natural burpers who can just swallow air and bring it back up. Mine has to brew for a little bit."---Cameron Diaz, past winner of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Best Burp People March 30, 2004

Diaz was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

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companion:
Carlos de la Torre. Video producer. Born in 1967; together from 1990 to 1995.
companion:
Matt Dillon. Actor. Together from 1996; reportedly separated as of September 1998.
companion:
Sam Mendes. Director. Reportedly dated; no longer together.
companion:
Jared Leto. Actor. Dating as of 1999; no longer together as of 2003.
companion:
Justin Timberlake. Actor. Reportedly be dating as of June 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Emilio Diaz. Oil foreman. Second-generation Cuban/American; appeared as a prisoner in "There's Something About Mary".
mother:
Billie Diaz. Exporting agent. Of Native American, German and English descent.
sister:
Chimene A Diaz. Born in June 1970; has daughter Chloe.

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