Charlize Theron has become one of the most admired and successful actresses in the world. The South African and American actress and film producer was born in Benoni, South Africa, on August 7, 1975. She began her career in 1995 and has since become an award-winning actress with her own film production company. She estimated now has a personal net worth of $110 million. So how did Charlize Theron become so rich?
Acting was not Theron’s first love and she had wanted to become a dancer. However, she became a model first after winning a modeling contract at the age of 16 and moving to Milan, Italy, with her mother. Throughout the one-year contract, Theron modeled in various locations across Europe.
Once the contract had ended, Theron and her mother moved to New York City and Theron trained as a ballet dancer at the Joffrey Ballet School. Unfortunately, a serious knee injury ended Theron’s dream of becoming a professional dancer. She was broke, depressed, and realized she needed to change her career path.
Ticket to L.A.
Theron’s mother bought her a ticket to Los Angeles and she headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. This was a huge risk as she had no acting experience and no formal acting training. She was moving to an area that was already overfilled with wannabe actresses, so she was facing huge competition.
Unlike many aspiring actresses who head to Los Angeles only to find themselves turned away from every audition, Theron got her first break very quickly and it wasn’t even an audition. Her mother had sent a check to help with rent and Theron was trying to cash it but the cashier refused. An argument ensued that was overheard by a talent scout who referred her to an acting school and casting agents.
Within months, Theron fired her manager after being sent several scripts she did not deem suitable. Despite this, she started landing small roles in films. Her film debut was in ‘Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest’. This was a 1995 horror film in which she has a non-speaking part.
The following year she landed a part in ‘2 Days in the Valley’, in which she played the speaking role of a hitwoman. Although these were only small roles, she had taken the first steps to success in the film industry.
The rest of the 1990s were an exciting time for Theron as she got bigger parts and rose to public prominence. After appearing in the 1997 horror drama ‘The Devil’s Advocate’, she became well-known to both the public and those working in the entertainment industry. Other films in which she appeared during the 1990s include ‘Mighty Joe Young’, ‘Maine’, and ‘Cider House Rules’.
Due to her rise to prominence, Charlize Theron also took part in several photo shoots during the late 90s. She was on the cover of both Vanity Fair and Playboy. For the latter, photographs of Theron from earlier in her career were used without her consent and she later successfully sued the magazine.
The turn of the Millennium saw a continuation in Theron’s success and rise to fame. At this time in her life, some of her films included ‘Reindeer Games’, ‘Sweet November’, The Legend of Bagger Vance’, ‘Trapped’, ‘The Yards’, ‘The Curse of Jade Scorpion’, ‘The Italian Job’ and ‘Men of Honor’.
The film that is possibly Theron’s greatest personal success was the 2003 film ‘Monster’, in which she portrayed the real-life prostitute and serial killer Aileen Wuornos. For her performance in this film, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Following this film, she became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood as she could command up to $10 million per film.
Between then and 2009, the actress appeared in multiple successful films. She then decided to take a break from acting but returned in 2011 playing the lead character in the 2011 black comedy ‘Young Adult’. She was nominated for multiple awards for this performance. In recent years,
Theron has appeared in films including ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Dark Places’, ‘The Last Face’, ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’, and ‘Brain on Fire’. In 2018, she had lead roles in ‘Tully’ and ‘Gringo’.
In addition to her work on-screen, Theron has also earned money from her work as a film producer. Her production company, ‘Danver and Delilah Productions’, is responsible for producing several films. Some of the ones in which Theron has also starred include ‘Dark Places’ and ‘The Burning Plain’. Most of the money Charlize Theron has earned has come from her involvement with the film industry.
However, this is not the only way that the actress has accrued a personal net worth of $110 million. She has also endorsed products for some major brands. These have included Christian Dior, for which she was the spokesperson of the J’adore campaign, and Raymond Well Watches.
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Written by Liz Flynn
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