Cameron Diaz: Snapshot

Name
Cameron Diaz
Date of Birth
August 30, 1972
Birth Place
San Diego, Calif.
One of the truly great film moments from late '90's: Cameron Diaz pulling off the gross-out "hair-gel" scene in There's Something About Mary. The model-turned-actress proved she could laugh at herself and needn't rely on her good looks.

Diaz's work runs the gamut from action flicks (Charlie's Angel's) to more serious fare (Gangs of New York) and even animation (Shrek), helping her become one of Hollywood's most powerful and highest-paid actresses. As for her personal life, the blonde beauty stayed busy offscreen, dating Matt Dillon, Justin Timberlake and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

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Cameron Diaz: Five Fun Facts

  1. Julia Roberts taught Cameron Diaz to knit on the set of their romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding.
  2. If she'd been a boy, Cameron Diaz said her parents would have named her Menachem El Genio or Sebastian Emilio. "Luckily, I was a girl," she told PEOPLE in 1994.
  3. A heavy-metal fan, Cameron Diaz went to her first Van Halen concert as a teenager with her mother. "I banged my head quite a bit," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I liked everything from Iron Maiden to Ozzy to AC/DC."
  4. Cameron Diaz's mega-curves in her first movie, The Mask, were courtesy of a $36 Frederick's of Hollywood padded bra.
  5. Cameron Diaz, a self-proclaimed "technophoboic", said she doesn't know how to turn on a computer. "I think technology is a really terrifying thing," she told the Houston Chronicle, "and it is going to cause a lot of problems for our society, socially."

Cameron Diaz: Biography

1989

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A Star Discovered

Photographer Jeff Dunas spots 16-year-old Diaz at a party and offers to help her land modeling work. Within days she has a contract with Elite and shortly thereafter is working for clients such as Coca-Cola and Nivea. "She has an energy, an electricity in her face, a sparkle that is unmistakable," Dunas tells PEOPLE in 1998.

1990

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Dating in the Workplace

While shooting an ad for L.A. Gear, Diaz falls for video producer Carlos de La Torre, 27. "I spent the entire day trying to get him to talk to me," she tells PEOPLE in 1994.

1994

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July 29

First-Movie Jitters

Diaz hits the big screen in the Jim Carrey comedy The Mask. The model, whose only acting experience was in a high school drama class, "tried out as a joke," according to her agent, Robin Levy. Diaz lands the part after 12 callbacks. Still, "the first day was hell," Diaz tells PEOPLE. "When Carlos was driving me to the studio it was like, 'Babe, pull over. I'm going to throw up.'"

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Evan Agostini/Getty

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Classmates Yearbook Archives; Ted Soqui/Corbis Sygma; Everett

Edited by Julia Wang

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