Aug. 30th, 1972
San Diego, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Guest
Herself - Annie
Herself - Guest
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model.
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed bottle blonde, Diaz was born in San Diego. She is the daughter of Billie (Anglo-German) and 'Emilio Diaz' (Cuban-American). Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid", Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. Returning to California at the age of 21, she was working as a model when she auditioned for a part in The Mask (1994). To her amazement and despite having no previous acting experience, she was cast as the female lead in the film opposite 'Jim Carrey'.
Over the next 3 years, she honed her acting skills in such low budget independent films as The Last Supper (1995); Feeling Minnesota (1996); and Head Above Water (1996). She returned to main stream films in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), in which she held her own against veteran actress 'Julia Roberts'. She earned full fledged star status in 1998 for her performance in the box office smash There's Something About Mary (1998).
Diaz has received four Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the movies, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York, and There's Something About Mary for which she also won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award. She is also a BAFTA Nominee. In 2013, Diaz was named the highest paid actress over 40 in Hollywood.
With her name near the top on virtually every list of Hollyood's sexiest actresses, and firmly established as one of filmdom's hottest properties and most sought after actresses, Diaz appears to possess everything necessary to become one of the super stars of the new century.
In 2011, she played Lenore Case, the journalist in the remake of the 1940s film The Green Hornet, and was the central lead in the hit comedy Bad Teacher. She was listed among CEOWORLD magazine's Top Accomplished Women Entertainers. Diaz will play Miss Hannigan in a new film adaptation of the musical, Annie.
Diaz received "substantial" defamation damages from suing American Media Incorporated, after The National Enquirer had claimed she was cheating on 'Justin Timberlake'. She endorsed Al Gore publicly during 2000. Diaz wore a t-shirt that read "I won't vote for a son of a Bush!" while making publicity visits for Charlie's Angels.
Diaz has also been involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the first and largest nonprofit organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has spoken as an advocate for military families. Although she was quoted by a 1997 Time magazine article as saying she was germophobic, Diaz specifically denied this on the June 26, 2009, edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, saying that a small comment she made twelve years earlier regarding public bathroom doorknobs was distorted out of proportion.
On April 15, 2008, Cameron's father, Emilio Diaz, died at the age of 58 from pneumonia.
From 1990 to December 1994, Diaz cohabited with video producer Carlos de la Torre. In 1995, Diaz dated actor 'Vincent D'Onofrio' during the production of Feeling Minnesota. Later in 1995, she began a relationship with actor 'Matt Dillon'. The relationship ended in December 1998. She began dating actor & member of Thirty Seconds to Mars Jared Leto in 1999, and the couple became engaged in 2000. In 2003, they ended their four-year relationship. Diaz dated singer 'Justin Timberlake' from 2003 to 2006. In October 2004, Diaz and Timberlake were in an altercation with a tabloid photographer outside a hotel. When the photographer and another man tried to photograph them, the couple snatched the camera. Pictures of the incident appeared in Us Weekly. Representatives for the pair claimed that they were acting a scene on a set. Diaz was in a romantic relationship with New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez from July 2010 to September 2011.
- Was discovered by a photographer at a Hollywood party who, within a week, helped her land a contract with the Elite Modeling Agency.
- Went to the same high school at the same time as 'Snoop Dogg' (qv).
- Auditioned for the film _Waking the Dead (2000)_ (qv) but lost the role to 'Jennifer Connelly' (qv).
- Became only the second actress to join the coveted $20 Million Club (after 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv)), when she signed for that amount to do _Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)_ (qv) in January 2002.
- Ranked #1 in the "Worst Hollywood Signers 2006" list by "Autograph Collector" magazine (May 2006).
- Her mother, Billie, is of German, English and Native American descent.
- One of her favorite hobbies is knitting. She picked it up from 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv) while they were filming _My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)_ (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd in _Jerry Maguire (1996)_ (qv).