Cameron grew up in Long Beach, California
with her Cuban-American father who was a foreman and her broker mum. Her
mother was the result of German, Native American and English heritage. Her
easy going parents took Cameron everywhere and as a child she was a head
banging party going kid. "I was a tough kid with the jeans, the
concert shirt with the flannel over it, the comb in the back pocket and
the feathered hair" Her Mother supported her love of heavy metal
music and even accompanied her to her first Van Halen show.
It was at a party in Hollywood that she got her big break when she was
approached by a modeling agency. She took up their offer and at just 16
was off to live in Japan with a girlfriend. Her mixed life of high school
and modeling meant she didn't work that much. At 19 with a comfortable
career and apartments in both Paris and Los Angeles she landed the dream
roll in "The Mask". Despite the fact that she had no acting
experience and didn't have the dancing or singing skills required to play
the roll she breezed through her 12 auditions.
She instantly shot to stardom with that entrance and her "excuse me,
where I can open an account?" first line.
Cameron was out to prove to the critics that she wasn't a blonde bimbo who
had a fluke with The Mask deliberately chose a low budget film as her next
project. "The Last Supper" was also a success, as have been all
her films since. "I did the Last Supper simply to get the opportunity
with other actors, I never had any other experience of acting other than
When the script to Feeling Minnesota came along Cameron didn't exactly
jump at it, not reading the script until the last minute. However her lazy
attitude worked and she landed the role, opposite Keanu Reeves, ahead of
70 other actresses. The role was another opportunity for Cameron to
display her acting skills and prove to the world that she wasn't another
model using just her body to make it in Hollywood.
Her next film, "She's the One" was unsurprisingly another hit.
It was a follow up to "The brothers McMullan" and also starred
Jennifer Aniston of 'Friends' fame. She then starred in a lead opposite
Harvey Keitel in "Head above Water".
From the Mask to "She's The One" Ms Diaz has won many admirers
and was last year voted 3rd in the FHM 'Sexiest Woman Alive' award.
However she does not want to be known as just a sex symbol. She has
repeatedly turned down roles in 'bimbo' films and instead settled for the
arty roles, which has been a successful career move.
However the two films that are set to launch her to superstar status were
her latest two, "My Best Friends Wedding" and "A Life Less
Ordinary". Both are romantic comedies and both have been and look set
to continue to be smash hits in both Hollywood and the rest of the world.
A Life less Ordinary sees her star in a film from the famous "Trainspotting"
team, proof that this girl is as versatile as they come.
Date of Birth
- 30 August 1972
- San Diego, California, USA
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Los Angeles, CA 90048
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