- Cameron Michelle Diaz
August 30, 1972 (age 49)
- Model, Actor, Musician
- Carlos De La Torre
- Emilio Diaz, Billie Early
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She rose to prominence during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include the two Charlie's Angels films, voicing the character Princess Fiona in the Shrek series, Any Given Sunday, Knight and Day, The Holiday, The Green Hornet and Bad Teacher.
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.
Cameron Diaz was born in San Diego, California. Her mother, Billie Joann (née Early), is an import-export agent, and her father, Emilio Luis Diaz (1949–2008), worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger. Diaz has an older sister, Chimene. Her father's family were Cuban (of Spanish descent), and settled in Tampa's Ybor City, later moving to California, where Emilio was born. Her mother has English, German, and Cherokee ancestry. Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California, and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
She began her career as a fashion model at age 16, and contracted with a modeling agency, Elite Model Management. For the next few years she worked around the world on contracts for companies such as Calvin Klein and Levi's. When she was age 17 she was featured on the front cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen.
At age 19, Cameron Diaz starred in She's No Angel, a 1992 soft core bondage movie. At age 21, Diaz auditioned for The Mask, based on the recommendation of an agent for Elite, who met the film's producers while they were searching for the female main actress. Having no previous acting experience, she started acting lessons after being cast. The Mask became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1994. Diaz's performance as the sultry lounge singer Tina Carlyle earned her nominations for several awards and launched her as a sex symbol.
Preferring to feel her way effectively into the industry, Diaz avoided large studio films for the next three years and took roles in the independent films.
Diaz returned to mainstream films with My Best Friend's Wedding and A Life Less Ordinary, both released in 1997. The following year, she played the title role in the smash hit There's Something About Mary (1998), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the category of Best Actress – Musical or Comedy. She received critical acclaim for her performance in Being John Malkovich (1999), which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards).
In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Cameron Diaz as the richest Hispanic female celebrity, ranking number 60 among the wealthiest 100. She was listed among CEOWORLD magazine's Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.
Diaz has had long-term relationships with video producer Carlos de la Torre (1990-1995), actor Matt Dillon (1995-1998), actor/singer Jared Leto (1999-2003), singer/actor Justin Timberlake (2003-2006), and New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez (2010–2011). Diaz is unmarried and has no children. On why she has never married, Diaz told Esquire magazine in October 2012, "It just wasn't the thing I was drawn to."