Cameron Diaz Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 20 Apr, 2018
Facts of Cameron Diaz
Date of Birth: 1972 , August-30
Age: 46 years old
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Cameron Michelle Diaz
Birth Name Cameron Diaz
Nick Name Cami
Father Emilio Diaz
Mother Billie Early
Nationality American
Birth Place/City San Diego, California
Ethnicity Hispanic
Profession Actress, Model, Author
Net Worth $140 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color Fair
Famous for The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,
Married to Benji Madden
Education Cerritos Elementary School and Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,
TV Show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Saturday Night Live
Sisters Chimene Diaz
Siblings Chimene Diaz, Michael Diaz
Books The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, • The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time
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Teen Choice Awards winning American actress, Cameron Diaz is also a model and author. Diaz started modeling at the early age of 16. She modeled for several famous brands including Levi’s and Calvin Klein. She rose to stardom from her role Tina Carlyle in her debut movie, The Mask. After that, she appeared in several independent movies like Feeling Minnesota, She’s the One, The Last Supper and Head Above Water among others.

Diaz is well-recognized for her roles in several hit movies including My Best Friend’s Wedding, Being John MalkovichVanilla Sky and There’s Something About Mary. She is also popular for voicing Princess Fiona in the Shrek franchise.

Throughout her two decades of career, she won several prestigious awards including ALMA Awards, Kids Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and MTV Movie Awards. Active in the industry for last two decades, she earned an impressive net worth too. In 2010, Forbes listed her as top richest female celebrities.

In 2015, she married musician Benji Madden

Early Life And Education Of Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz was born Cameron Michelle Diaz on 30th August 1972 in San Diego, California under the birth sign Virgo. Diaz is American by nationality and belongs to Hispanic ethnicity. She is the daughter of Anglo-German mother, Billie Early (was an import/export agent) and Cuban-American father, Emilio Diaz (worked as a foreman for Unocal, the California oil company). She has a sister, Chimene Diaz and a brother, Michael Diaz.]

CAPTION: Cameron at her early age. SOURCE: Live Biography

Her ancestors are originally from Spain who later moved to Cuban. Before her birth, her family moved to California. Her parents raised her with her siblings in Long Beach. She attended Cerritos Elementary School and Long Beach Polytechnic High School with rapper Snoop Dogg.

Cameron Diaz's Career

Modeling

At the age of 16, Cameron Diaz left home and lived in Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Paris, and Australia. From the early age, she started her career as a model. She signed several contracts with different model agencies including Elite Model Management.

Later, she modeled all over the world on contract for companies like Levi’s and Calvin Klein. In 1989, she featured on the cover of July 1990 issue of Seventeen. She also appeared on a commercial for Coca-Cola in Sydney.

At the age of 19, she was photographed and video graphed topless by John Rutter (photographer) and Clifford Wright (producer) for S&M leather fashion lingerie which was never released.  In 2003, Rutter offered Diaz to buy the video and photographs for $3.5 million before selling them to prospective buyers. He also offered her ‘first right of refusal to them’.

Diaz saw the offer as attempted blackmail so she sued him. The following year, the 30-minutes video of her photographs were released by a Russian website. The photographer denied the release of the video. On 26th July 2005, the photographer was convicted of attempted perjury, forgery and grand theft at the Los Angeles Superior Court. The same year, he faced up to six years in prison.

Acting

At the age of 21, Diaz gave an audition for the fantasy superhero comedy film, The Mask. She earned the role of Tina Carlyle without having no past acting experience. She rose to stardom after working in the movie. After the success of the movie, she was launched as a sex symbol.

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Soon after the new-found fame, Diaz landed a lead role in the black comedy film, The Last Supper by Stacy Title. Back to back, she appeared in numbers of movies, such as She’s the One, Feeling Minnesota, Very Bad Things, The Invisible Circus, Vanilla Sky, The Holiday, The Box, Gambit, and Sex Tape among others.

She, however, is popular for several hit movies which are:

Movies  Role IMDB Rating Cast Members
Being John Malkovich (1999) Lotte Schwartz 7.8 John Malkovich, John Cusack, Catherine Keener and Charlie Sheen.
Charlie's Angels (2000) Natalie Cook 5.5 Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd.
Vanilla Sky (2001) Julie Gianni 6.9 Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell and Jason Lee.
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) Jules 5.7 Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks and Chace Crawford.
Annie (2014) Miss Hannigan 5.3 Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Bernadette Peters.
The Other Woman (2014) Carly Whitten 6.0 Kate Upton, Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Diaz is also popular for other movies like The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, What Happens in Vegas and Knight and Day among others.

She also voiced several animated movies. Among them, she is popular for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in Shrek franchise (2001-2010).

Besides, Diaz also appeared in several TV shows like Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Saturday Night Live, Trippin, Top Gear and Yo Gabba Gabba!.

In 2015, she took a break from Hollywood. She stated,

‘’ I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself.' Which is a hard thing to face up? I felt the need to make myself whole.’’

Diaz has not announced anything regarding new projects yet.

Cameron Diaz's Awards And Nominations

Cameron Diaz has been nominated for several prestigious awards for her acting in the movies and TV series. Here is a list of awards that Diaz has bagged:

  • 1998 = Won ALMA Awards for My Best Freind's Wedding.
  • 1998 = Won American Comedy Awards for There's Something About Mary.
  • 1998 = Won New York Film Critics Circle Awards for There's Something About Mary.
  •  1999 = Won MTV Movie Awards for There's Something About Mary.
  • 1999 = Won Teen Choice Awards for There's Something About Mary.
  • 2000 = Won ALMA Awards for Any Given Sunday.
  • 2001 = Won MTV Movie Awards for Charlie's Angels.
  • 2001 = Won Kids Choice Awards for Charlie's Angels.
  • 2001 = Won Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for Charlie's Angels.
  • 2001 = Won Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Vanilla Sky.
  • 2008 = Won Kids Choice Awards for Shrek the Third.
  • 2009 = Won ALMA Awards for My Sister's Keeper.
  • 2011 = Won Teen Choice Awards for Bad Teacher.
  • 2011 = Won CinemaCon Awards for Bad Teacher.

Some of her nominated awards include Satellite AwardsGolden Globe AwardsMTV Movie AwardsScreen Actors Guild Awards and Saturn Awards.

Cameron Diaz’s Net Worth

Cameron Diaz has an estimated net worth of $140 million. In 2010, Forbes listed her as one of the wealthiest female celebrities. Her major source of income is her acting career. As per the record of 2015, her movies have made over $3 billion in America and over $7 billion worldwide. Moreover, she was paid over $10 million for voicing Princess Fiona in Shrek franchise.

Here is the list of her hit movies that made an impressive collection at the box office:

Movies Budget  Box Office Collection IMDB Rating Awards and Nominations  Cast Members
The Mask (1994) $23 million $351.6 million 6.9
  • Nominated for Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Jim Carrey, Peter Greene, Ben Stein and Amy Yasbeck.
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) $38 million $299.3 million 6.3
  • Won Satellite Awards and American Comedy Awards.
  • Nominated for Academy AwardsBAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett and Racheal Griffiths.
There's Something About Mary (1998) $23 million $369.9 million 7.1
  • Won Critics Circle Awards, and MTV Movie Awards.
  • Nominated for Golden Globe Awards, and MTV Movie Awards.
Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott.
Shrek (2001) $60 million $484.4 million 7.9
  • Won Academy Awards, and BAFTA Awards.
  • Nominated for Academy AwardsBritish Academy Awards, and BAFTA Awards.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cody Cameron and Conrad Vernon.
Shrek 2 (2004) $150 million $919.8 million 7.2
  • Won People's Choice Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for Academy AwardsVisual Effects Society Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banders, and Julie Andrews.
Shrek the Third (2007) $160 million $799 million 6.0
  • Won Kids Choice Awards, and People's Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for Annie AwardsBAFTA AwardsGolden Reel Awards and VES Awards.
Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy, John Cleese, Chris Miller.
Shrek Forever After (2010) $165 million $752.6 million 6.3
  • Won Kids' Choice Awards.
  • Nominated for Teen Choice AwardsNickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards, and Annie Awards.
Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell, Antonio Banderas, and Jon Hamm.
Bad Teacher (2011) $20 million $216.2 million 5.7
  • Won Teen Choice AwardsYoung Artist Awards, and BMI Film & TV Awards.
  • Nominated for Young Artist Awards, and ALMA Awards.
Justin Timberland, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel and Lee Eisenberg. 

She also earns a good amount from her published books:

  • The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body= $11.65 in Kindle, $11.60 in Hardcover, $11.47 in Paperback and $25.96 in an Audio CD.
  • The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time = $9.99 in Kindle, $7.29 in Hardcover, $16.99 in Paperback and $12.11 in an Audio CD.

Diaz owns several houses in different parts of U.S.A.

  • New York Apartment = $4.25 million
  • House in Miami = $24 million
  • LA Mansion = $2.178 million
  • Beverly Hills Mansion = $10 million

Diaz has a collection of luxury cars:

  • 2012 Maserati Quattroporte = $127,250.
  • BMW = $30,025-$103,225.
  • Toyota = $25k- $29k.
  • Aston Martin = $118,650 - $200k.
  • Lamborghini = $200k.
  • Tesla Model s = $1500- $72,700.
  • Mercedes Benz = $34,475.
  • Lexus = $33,020 - $77,780.
CAPTION: Cameron with her dogs. SOURCE: Instagram

Diaz has two dogs, Chihuahua worth $400- $1200 and German Shepard costing $300-$900.

Donations And Charity

During the 2000 presidential election, Diaz endorsed American politician, Al Gore. She has been involved in the largest non-profit organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA).

Diaz also funds for the arts outfits including PWN Center USA. She supports Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Cameron Diaz's Personal Life

Marriage and Children

Cameron Diaz is a married woman. On 5th January 2015, she exchanged vows with her musician boyfriend, Benji Madden in a Jewish ceremony despite the fact that neither of them are Jewish. They kept their wedding secret for some months from the media.

CAPTION: Cameron Diaz with her husband, Benji Madden. SOURCE: Pop Sugar

Diaz is happily married after a number of failed relationships. She also stated,

''I think it’s a matter of I just hadn’t met my husband, you know? I had boyfriends before. And there’s a really, really distinct difference between husbands and boyfriends. And I have a husband who is just my partner in life and in everything. Talk about two very different people! We are so different from one another, but we share the same values — we’re totally two peas in a pod. We are both just weird enough for each other.''

 17 days before the wedding, the couple got engaged in a surprise ceremony at Cameron’s Beverly Hills home. The couple met for the first time with the help of Diaz’s friend and now sister-in-law, Nicole Richie.

Diaz is trying for a baby with her husband. She has tried many ways to get pregnant including fertility treatment. As per some online sources, Diaz is expecting her first child at the age of 45. She, however, has not confirmed the news yet.

Past Affairs

Previously, Diaz has dated many celebrities from Hollywood. From 1990-1995, she was in a relationship with producer Carlos De La Torre. The couple started dating after meeting on the sets of the movie, LA Gear. She broke up in 1995 after her career took off.

CAPTION: Cameron Diaz with her ex-boyfriend, Carlos.A SOURCE: The Telegraph

The same year, she dated film director and actor, Matt Dillon. The couple broke up in 1995 after the filming of the movie, There’s Something About Marry. In 2006, Dillon spoke about the separation,

‘’ I was dissatisfied with where I was as a man, with my relationships, with my career . . . I thought my career was who I was. It wasn't until later that I discovered I was more than that . . . Cameron was a muse for me.’’

From 1999-2003, she dated American actor and singer, Jared Leto. Following their split, he dated Paris Hilton and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2003, Diaz dated famous American actor, and singer, Justin Timberlake. They started dating after meeting at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. In 2007, the romance fizzled but they remained friends afterward. The couple released a statement,

‘’ It has always been our preference not to comment on the status of our relationship, but out of respect for the time we've spent together, we feel compelled to do so now in light of recent speculation and the number of inaccurate stories that are being reported by the media. We have, in fact, ended our romantic relationship, and have done so mutually and as friends, with continued love and respect for one another.’’

Soon after the separation, Diaz was rumored to be dating a magician and musician, Criss Angel after they were spotted on several occasion in Las Vegas. During his performance in NYC in June, Angel opened up about his relationship with Diaz,

‘’I’d like to dedicate this to my girl Trouble, Cameron. I love you, baby.’’

The same month, Angel's wife filed a divorce and a lawsuit for his affair with Diaz.

In 2008, Diaz dated British model, Paul Sculfor. At the US Open in New York, they were seen being cozy. The following year, they broke up.

CAPTION: Cameron Diaz with her ex-boyfriend, Paul Sculfor. SOURCE: Daily Mail

Diaz had an on-off relationship with a former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman, Alex Rodriguez from 2010-2011. In an interview with The Insider, Rodriguez told,

‘’ I don't like talking about my relationships, but I will tell you about Cameron Diaz. She's probably one of the greatest human beings I've ever met and just an amazing light.’’

Diaz was also linked to many celebrities including Sean Combs, John Mayer, Edward Norton and Bradley Cooper.

Besides Relationship

In 2005, National Enquirer posted an article with the headline ‘’Cameron Caught Cheating.’’ The photos claimed that she was cheating on her then-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake with Shane Nickerson, MTV producer of the show, Trippin.

Diaz then received substantial defamation damages from suing the American Media Incorporated. Soon after the complaint, the article was removed and the magazine apologized them for their article.

She is also known as an environmental activist who became an early adaptor of the Prius electric car. The car helped to raise awareness of climate change.

Health

The 1997 Time article stated that she was a germophobic after she passed a comment regarding the public-bathroom doorknobs. In 2003, she broke her nose in a surfing accident in Hawaii.

She is fond of yoga.

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