Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California, U.S. Diaz enjoyed a breakout that only other Hollywood stars can only dream of as she got the opportunity to make her Hollywood debut with the big-budget mega-hit “The Mask.” It was the movie that catapulted her career, and she went on to appear in several other box-office hits, including “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” With her dazzling beauty, enchanting blue eyes, and bright smile, Diaz won many hearts with scintillating performances in movies like “My Sister’s Keeper,” “There’s Something About Mary,” and “Vanilla Sky.”
Cameron Michelle Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of Emilio Diaz, a second-generation Cuban American oil company foreman, and his wife Billie, a Native American woman of Italian and German descent. Diaz, whose zodiac sign is Virgo, began her career in entertainment as a model at 16 years old. Her success in modeling saw her begin the globe-trotting adventure quite early as she’d traveled to countries like Japan, Australia, Morocco, and Paris, among others.
Before breaking out as an actor, she had already been featured in advertising campaigns for internationally recognized companies like Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola, and Levi’s. She was featured on the cover of the July 1990 issue of “Seventeen” magazine.
Despite not possessing any prior experience, Diaz auditioned for “The Mask” as a 21-year-old in 1994 based on the recommendation of an agent who had met the film’s producers while searching for the female lead. Soon after obtaining the lead role, she immediately started acting lessons. Following the success of “The Mask,” she won roles in independent films, such as “The Last Supper,” “Feeling Minnesota,” and “She’s the One.” She then regained mainstream success with her roles in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “There’s Something About Mary,” a film for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actress — Musical or Comedy. She also won critical acclaim for her performance in “Being John Malkovich,” which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards, and the SAG Awards.
The 1999 to 2000 season was Diaz’s busiest as she starred in several productions, starting with “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” “A Life Less Ordinary,” “Any Given Sunday,” and the hit adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels.” In 2001, she won nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, and the A.F.I. Awards for “Vanilla Sky,” and also voiced Princess Fiona in “Shrek,” for which she earned $10 million. In 2003, Diaz received another Golden Globe nomination for Martin Scorsese’s epic “Gangs of New York,” and became the third actress joining Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon — to earn $20 million for a role, receiving the sum for “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” Her following film appearances were in “Shrek 2,” “In Her Shoes,” and “The Holiday.” Early in 2005, Diaz explored some of the planet’s environmentally unique locations while discovering ways to help preserve them for the 10-episode M.T.V. series “Trippin,” which featured numerous celebrity friends of Diaz, such as Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Mark Hoppus, Eva Mendes, and Justin Timberlake.
In 2007, Diaz, alongside her then-boyfriend Timberlake, returned to the screen for “Shrek the Third.” She was set to team up again with “The Mask” co-star Jim Carrey in the film “Fun with Dick and Jane,” but dropped out to star in “In Her Shoes.” She also appeared in the romantic comedy “What Happens in Vegas,” opposite Ashton Kutcher. Outside her life in the limelight, Diaz is a mother to a two-year-old daughter, Raddix, from her marriage with Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden.
Diaz stars in the hit superhero fantasy film “The Mask,” along with Jim Carrey.
She wins an award for her role in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, and Philip Bosco.
Diaz plays Natalie Cook in the action comedy film, starring alongside Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
“Forbes” magazine names her Hollywood's highest-paid actress.
In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” she announces that she has retired from acting.
Diaz launches an organic wine brand, Avaline, with business partner Katherine Power.
Why We Love Cameron Diaz
She is an advocate for female empowerment
Diaz has been an ambassador for an international campaign that raises awareness for U.N. Women’s gender equality and women’s economic empowerment programs globally. She has also worked with campaigns that raise awareness about climate change.
She’s a health and fitness author
Diaz is a longtime admirer of that O.G. icon of aging gracefully — Helen Mirren. “That woman is drop-dead sexy,” Diaz has said. “She’s not trying to turn back the hands of time — she is just taking care of herself.”
She’s a pet lover
Her cat, Little Man, is notorious and known for his fashion sense and has been spotted wearing fancy clothes and joining Diaz on shopping trips. She also has three dogs.
5 Surprising Facts
She has three ethnicities
Diaz's father, Emilio Diaz, is a second-generation Cuban-American and her mother, Billie Diaz, is of Native American, Italian, and German descent.
She studied with Snoop Dogg
In an interview on George Lopez's T.B.S. talk show, “Lopez Tonight,” Diaz talked about attending the Long Beach Polytechnic High School with the rapper.
She started young
At 17, she was on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine.
Her favorite word
Diaz told “Maxim” magazine in a June 2011 interview that her favorite word is ‘sex,’ adding “Just the word is sexy to me — there’s something to it.”
She has an older sibling
She has one older sister named Chimene.
Cameron Diaz FAQs
Does Cameron Diaz have a husband?
Yes. Diaz is married to Benj Madden.
How many children does Cameron Diaz have?
Diaz only has one child, daughter Raddix Madden, born in 2019.
Who is Cameron Diaz’s best friend?
Drew Barrymore is regarded as her best friend.
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