Theron was born in South Africa to Gerda and Charles Theron on 27 November 1947. Theron attended Putfontein Primary School and later attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. She made her debut in a non-speaking role in the horror film Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995). She got her first speaking role in 2 Days in the Valley (1996).
Theron rose to prominence as the leading lady in the films like The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron has since featured in commercially successful films like Hancock (2008), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Atomic Blonde (2017). She garnered critical acclaim for her films Young Adult (2011) and Tully (2018). She is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress. She was featured by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. As 0f 2019, she became one of the world’s highest-paid actresses.
Some of her notable films include:
- Young Adult
- North Country
Theron has two adopted children, a son and a daughter. Theron revealed in 2019 that her adopted son Jackson is a transgender. Theron was in a relationship for three years with singer Stephan Jenkins, but they broke up in 2001. In 2002, she began dating Irish actor Stuart Townsend; the couple ended their relationship in January 2010. She dated American actor Sean Penn in 2013 and got engaged in December 2014, but the relationship ended in June 2015. She established her own production house Denver and Delilah Productions in the early 2000s. She has produced many films and she had a starring role in many of her productions, including The Burning Plain (2008), Dark Places (2015), and Long Shot (2019). Theron supports many philanthropic activities. She is an advocate for The Global Fund, an institution devoted to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.