Cameron Diaz Career Milestones
Born: Cameron Michelle Diaz
Date of Birth: 30 August 1972
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 5′ 8½” (1,74 m)
Born in San Diego, CA, on August 30, 1972, Diaz left school at 16 to become a model. For the next five years, she traveled the globe, working in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. As a model for the Elite Agency, she did commercial work for such products as Coke, Nivea, and L.A. Gear.
She returned to California at the age of 21 and was unknown in the film industry when she was cast in her breakthrough role as the target of Jim Carrey’s hyper-animated lust in The Mask. Following the hoopla surrounding her performance — or, more specifically, her physical appearance — in the film, Diaz opted to take acting lessons and appear in a series of small, independent films, including The Last Supper (1995), She’s the One (1996), and Feeling Minnesota (1996).
After starring opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary, Diaz further endeared herself to audiences and critics with her performance in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Proving herself an acceptable foil for the film’s star, Julia Roberts, she went on to greater success in the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary in 1998. Starring as the film’s titular heroine, Diaz turned in an audience-pleasing performance in the cheerfully bawdy film, which proved to be one of the year’s biggest box-office successes.
The same year, Diaz made a cameo appearance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and starred as Jon Favreau’s unhinged fiancée in the black comedy Very Bad Things. Now fully established as one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, she went on to take lead roles in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, in which she played puppeteer John Cusack’s wife, and Any Given Sunday, in which she played the president and co-owner of a football team in Oliver Stone’s paean to American football.
In 2000 Diaz joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels, the much-hyped big-screen remake of the television classic. A comically self-aware and fairly faithful adaptation of the original series, Charlie’s Angels served up Matrix-style action with retro-sensibilities, propelling the franchise into the new millennium.
The following year found Diaz endearing herself to younger audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona in the animated box-office smash Shrek, as well as using her wide eyed innocence to horrific effect in the Tom Cruise mindbender Vanilla Sky. Headlining the ill-fated comedy The Next Best Thing in 2002, Diaz would take a historical trip to the birthplace of America in director Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York before becoming the second (after Julia Roberts actress to join the “$20 Million Club” with Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Though the film would perform only moderately well at the box office, fans could be sure that they would get plenty more Diaz as production on Shrek 2 and Fun with Dick and Jane began to kick into full gear.