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Cameron Diaz – who is she?

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Cameron Diaz was as born as “Cameron Michelle Diaz” on August 30, 1972 in San Diego, California – the youngest of two sisters.  Her family moved to Long Beach where she grew up. Her father, who died in 2008, worked in the oil business as a Field Gauger for UNOCAL.  He was a second-generation Cuban American – Diaz’ grandfather moved to the US in the 60s.  Her mother – who is of English, German and Cherokee Native American descent – worked as an import-export agent.

She went to Long Beach Polytechnic High School, but even at that early stage she was focusing on her modelling and acting career.  In interviews she has talked about her childhood as “safe and positive”, but has also said that for a period of time she was a victim of teasing and bullying.

Cameron Diaz has described herself as an “adventurous, independent and a tough kid”.  She left home at 16 and spent 5 years traveling and working around the world (doing mostly modelling work for Elite in locations such as Australia, Mexico, Paris and Japan.

She returned to California at the age of 21, when her talent agent secured her an audition for the female lead in the movie The Mask. Although she had no previous acting experience, she made a very good impression and was cast as “Tina Carlyle”, a sultry lounge singer.

Cameron Diaz is famous for her striking blue eyes.  She is 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) tall and weighs 119 pounds (54 kg).  She is one of the richest celebrities in the world – in fact according to How-rich.com, she is the richest Hispanic celebrity in the world.

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Cameron Diaz quotes

Here is a collection of some great Cameron Diaz Quotes

I don’t care how smart a kid you are. The only way you’ll learn what’s not right is from experience.

Nearly all men are the same. They’re only interested in fucking you and they don’t care whether you’re happy or sad. They just want to get on with their business in and out of bed, and they make you feel that you don’t count except as their sex toy.

Whenever I don’t’ have to wear makeup, it’s a good day.

I hate committing myself to anything. It’s probably the lack of discipline, honestly. I’m probably a spoiled brat worried about getting my way every time.

My dad always used to tell me that if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won’t wait-you can kick their ass right now.

I’m someone who loves to enjoy life and tries to focus on real things and real friendships. That’s why I live very simply. I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. I don’t spend much time fixing myself up or trying to look cool. I live like a normal person and even though I’m in a very high-profile business, I really don’t let it affect the way I live.

I have to behave responsibly – I’m more accountable for my behavior because everyone sees me. Everyone talks about me.

I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make, you have to work for. And I’ve worked very hard in the last ten years of my life, definitely, and I can tell you that hard work pays off. It’s not just a cliché.

I really love the feeling you get when you can laugh with a man and be natural and not always think that there’s a sexual element going on. For me, flirting with a man means making fun of myself and trying to open myself and be very unpretentious.

Filmography

 

1994 The Mask
1996 She’s the One
1996 Feeling Minnesota
1996 Head Above Water
1996 Keys to Tulsa
1997 My Best Friend’s Wedding
1997 A Life Less Ordinary
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1998 There’s Something About Mary
1998 Very Bad Things
1999 Man Woman Film
1999 Being John Malkovich
1999 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
1999 The Invisible Circus
1999 Any Given Sunday
2000 Charlie’s Angels
2001 Shrek
2001 Vanilla Sky
2002 Gangs of New York
2003 Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
2004 Shrek 2
2005 In Her Shoes
2006 The Holiday
2007 Shrek the Third
2007 Shrek the Halls
2008 What Happens in Vegas
2008 Saturday Night Live
2009 My Sister’s Keeper
2009 Sesame Street
2010 Shrek Forever After
2010 Top Gear
2010 Scared Shrekless
2010 Knight and Day
2011 The X Factor
2011 The Green Hornet
2011 Bad Teacher
2012 What to Expect When You’re Expecting
2012 Gambit
2013 The Counselor

Personal life

Like many other Hollywood celebrities, Diaz has been political active, support first Al Gore’s campaign in 2000 Barak Obama’s campaign in 2008.  She refuses to give interviews to Fox News because of their strong Republican support.

She sued The National Enquirer in 2006 for defamation after the newspaper reported she had been cheating on her boyfriend at the time, Justin Timerlake and has been quite outspoken against media in general and particularly critical of paparazzi.  In 2005 she and Timerlake was accused of having attacked a photographer and taken his camera.

From 1990 to December 1994, Diaz was dating video producer Carlos de la Torre.  In 1995, Diaz had a short relationship with actor Vincent D’Onofrio before later the same year she started dating Matt Dillon.  Their relationship lasted nine years.

Diaz has also dated the actor and musician Jared Leto – a relationship that ended in 2003.  From the same year until 2007 she was dating Timberlake.  She had a short romantic relationship with baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

Her career

Cameron Diaz waving for the camera at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival while promoting In Her Shoes. Photo: Tony Shek.

Cameron Diaz waving for the camera at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival while promoting In Her Shoes. Photo: Tony Shek.

Cameron Diaz’ career took off when she signed up with Elite Model at only 16.  For the next few years she worked all over the world doing modelling gigs for among others Calvin Kline.  She was featured on the cover of Seventeen in 1990.

She landed her first acting role in 1992 in the movie She’s no Angel – and then quickly afterwards had her big break with her lead role in The Mask.  For the next three years, Cameron Diaz stayed away from large films and studios – preferring to break slowly into the business through roles in smaller, independent productions.  During this time she still managed to get plenty of media cover as the girlfriend of Matt Dillon.

Returning to the mainstream, major studio productions in 1997, she had a big hit with her role in My Best Friend’s Wedding.  In 1998 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the movie There’s Something About Mary, and she was nominated again for her brilliant role in Gangs of New York in 2002.

Diaz was now a major name in Hollywood – earning $20 million for her role in the Charlie’s Angels sequel.  Apparently she was the second actor to do so in the history of Hollywood!  Read more about the net worth of Cameron Diaz here.

Cameron Diaz says she doesn’t care about wrinkles

Cameron Diaz is not worried about getting older.  In fact according to media reports, she told journalists that not only is she not concerned – she feels she has a better body now than when she was in her 20s!

Now 40, Cameron Diaz claims that she can now see the benefit of her years of healthy eating and strict fitness regime every time she looks in the mirror.  “Do I think my body is different now, compared to when I was 20?  Yes, of course”, Diaz says and continues: “Yet I think that it is better now. I don’t care about small wrinkles – and in fact I feel stronger”.

According to Diaz she is now at an age where she can reflect on what she has accomplished both in her career and in her personal life.  “I’m very happy with what I have achieved – but I will never stop trying to reach even higher!  The sky is the limit”, Diaz concludes.