Cameron Diaz Name: Cameron Michelle Diaz Born: August 30, 1972 Nationality: American Category: Actress / Model [nggallery id=502] The life and times of a Hollywood sweetheart: Cameron Diaz Early life: the adventurous young model Hollywood sweetheart Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 into mixed heritage with English, Spanish, Scottish, German and Cuban ancestry. From a very early age, she was interested in modeling and acting. Her natural good looks grabbed the attention of leading agents across the country. She left her home at the age of 16 and for the next few years, she travelled across the globe on a variety of fashion assignments. When she returned to the States at 21, she had already worked for Elite Model Management, Calvin Klein, Levis, Seventeen and Coca Cola. Her accolades were numerous and soon bagged the lead role for her opposite comedian-actor Jim Carey in the movie, Mask in 1994. Since then, Cameron has never looked back. A charming, adventurous and fun loving girl Cameron soon turned her attention into the field of acting from modeling and began honing her acting skills by signing up for character driven roles in movies like The Last Supper and Feeling Minnesota, which did not do so well in the commercial market. This only spurred her on and soon enough she came up with some groundbreaking performances. Career: the charmer of hearts Cameron’s big break came in 1998 with the blockbuster movie There’s Something About Mary, which catapulted her to Hollywood stardom. She received critical acclaim for movies like Being John Malkovich, Gang’s of New York and Vanilla Sky. She was also nominated for the Golden Globes for these movies and won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award for her star performance in There’s Something About Mary. Staying true to her adventurous and jovial streak, she has played popular characters in movies like Charlie’s Angels and the Shrek animated movie series. Whether it is her glamorous image as a Hollywood bombshell or the much loved person of Princess Fiona in Shrek, Cameron has become a household name in America and the global movie culture. One of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood she was also voted as one of the most beautiful women in the world by People’s Magazine. Personal life Cameron Diaz has dated actors Justin Timeberlake, Matt Dillon and New York Yankees basketball hero Alex Rodrigues in the past. While she has been involved in long term relationships her views on marriage are negative and she believes it is not an institution that she was drawn towards. Cameron is also involved in a number of philanthropic and humanitarian activities. She fervently campaigns for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans in her spare time and has spoken time and again about the need for restitution, for military families. Cameron Diaz is one of Hollywood’s most sought after stars and is known universally for her sex appeal, charm, adventurous persona and grace. She is among those few stars that was not afraid of venturing beyond the “sex-bomb” image that she could have comfortably lived off for a long time and instead, took up bold roles and critically acclaimed projects that have brought her international fame and stardom.