Charlize Theron is best known for her career-defining portrayal of a serial killer in the 2003 crime drama Monster. As Theron's most celebrated role, the film earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Having started her career as a model, Theron has always attracted a lot of attention for her good looks, even being named Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2007. In March 2012, the South African beauty made headlines once again when she announced the adoption of her baby boy, Jackson.
Growing up, Charlize had an unstable home life. Theron's father was reportedly an alcoholic and abused her mother, who would eventually shoot and kill him in self-defense. Despite that, Charlize has managed to beat the odds and not only have a successful career, but her relationships are often ironically characterized as atypical for Hollywood. While filming the movie Trapped (2002), Charlize met Stuart Townsend and the two became an item. Charlize and Stuart were solid for nine years, and pretty much managed to skirt the tabloids, even when they quietly parted ways in 2010.
Aside from her relationship, Theron managed to make time for many other personal endeavors. Theron is an outspoken advocate for women's rights. Also an animal rights advocate, Charlize is an active member of PETA and appeared in an anti-fur campaign ad for the organization. Definitely a dog lover, Charlize is often candidly captured by paparazzi carrying her dogs or out frolicking with them on the beach. In fact, Charlize loves dogs so much, she named her production company, Denver and Delilah Films, after two of her own.
Charlize has even said that her dogs are helping her raise the newest addition to her family, her son, Jackson. She told Ellen DeGeneres in May 2012 that she doesn't feel like a "single mom" because she has two boys (her dogs) helping her out.
In June 2012, the new mom, known for her trademark blonde locks, surprised fans when she shaved her head for Mad Max 4: Fury Road.
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