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Charlize Theron

She was named after her father, Charles.
 
Her father is of French descent and her mother is of German descent.
 
English is her second language, her first language is Afrikaans.
 
She learned English by watching American TV when she was a teenager in her native South Africa.
 
She became a fashion model at the age of 14.
 
Her favorite actor is Tom Hanks.
 
She used hypnotherapy to help herself to quit smoking.
 
In 1995, she auditioned for the female role in the movie "Showgirls".
 
She dated Stephan Jenkins, the lead singer of the band "Third Eye Blind" from January 1998 to July 2001.
 
On the 29 of September 2005, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
She was originally planning to be a professional ballerina until she broke her ankle--a common hazard that end's an aspiring danseuse's pro-career.
 
She studied ballet at the Joffrey School.
 
She started taking ballet at the age of six.