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Born: Aug. 30, 1972 San Diego, California, US
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Cameron was born August 30, 1972 in San Diego, California. She started off as a model at 16, appearing on numerous magazine covers, but she truly garnered national attention when after 12 call-backs she finally landed the role of lounge-singer Tina Carlyle opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask.
She could have jumped from that hit to any number of big studio films but an interesting twist came her way. After she injured her hand training for the video game flick Mortal Kombat, Cameron had to drop out but found herself looking at scripts for indie films. She worked opposite Keanu Reeves in Feeling Minnesota, played Harvey Keitel’s wife in Head Above Water, worked with writer/director/actor Ed Burns in She’s the One and made the quirky black comedy The Last Supper. She was definitely earning respect by working hard in indies.
There’s Something About Mary a gross-out comedy co-starring Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon, was released in 1998. It was a great summer hit and Cameron had again captured the attention of the audience. Publicity for the dark comedy Very Bad Things was no doubt aided by Cameron’s presence. Her performance in Mary earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1999, Cameron again showed her ability to do major studio films and indies. She appeared in Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich and Oliver Stone’s football flick Any Given Sunday opposite Al Pacino. On December 20th, 1999, Cameron was nominated for the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards for her role in Being John Malkovich. She also received a SAG nomination.
In 2000, Diaz appeared opposite Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels and in 2001 she did Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise. She was also the voice of Princess Fiona in the highly successful Shrek opposite Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.
In 2003, Diaz again appeared opposite Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Diaz returned to the sound booth to voice Princess Fiona again in 2004’s Shrek 2. The next year, she and Toni Collette played granddaughters to Shirley MacLaine in In Her Shoes. She followed that up with 2006’s The Holiday which also starred Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law. Princess Fiona called twice in ’07, once for the movie Shrek the Third and then for the Xmas TV special Shrek the Halls.
In 2008, Cameron appeared in the critically-savaged What Happens in Vegas with Ashton Kutcher. The next year she did My Sister’s Keep with Abigail Breslin and Alec Baldwin and The Box with James Marsden and Frank Langella.
2010 kept her voice busy as she revisited Princess Fiona for the movie Shrek Forever After, the TV short Scared Shrekless and the film short Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular. She also reteamed with Tom Cruise for the action flick Knight and Day. The following year, she worked with Seth Rogen on The Green Hornet and opposite Jason Segel and former flame Justin Timberlake on Bad Teacher.
She appeared with Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lopez in 2012’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting and that same year worked with Colin Firth on Gambit. She followed that up with 2013’s Ridley Scott film The Counsellor with Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.
Diaz kept busy in 2014, appearing with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in the comedy The Other Woman, reteaming with Jason Segel on Sex Tape, and working with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the remake of Annie.
She married musician Benji Madden on January 5th, 2015.
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