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Movie fans would be forgiven for assuming Charlize Theron is an all-American girl. Despite her perfectly honed West Coast accent, however, the Italian Job star originally hails from South Africa. And her success in Hollywood is made all the more remarkable by the fact that English is not her mother tongue.
Born on 7 August, 1975, in the town of Benoni, Charlize originally spoke Afrikaans, which is derived from 17th-century Dutch. Her heavy accent hindered the aspiring thespian when she first started out, and she admits fearing she'd never make it in Tinseltown.
It took long hours of practise and lots of American TV to iron out her native lilt, but these days she sounds LA-born and bred.
"At first I found it really hard using three different English accents: South African, faking the American, faking the accent required by the job," she says. "I decided to make it easier for myself and just do one. I haven't lost my culture, just my accent."
Charlize has come a long way since her childhood growing up on the family farm. It has been a journey that has taken her through France and Italy where she worked as a model and New York, where she trained as a ballet dancer.
The blonde beauty is best known for her roles in North Country, and Snow White and the Huntsman and Monster, for which she won an Academy Award.
She has a son called Jackson whom she adopted in 2012, two years before she began dating Sean Penn.
The actress kept her new romance out of the spotlight for a long time, but recently spoke of her feelings.
"We had to think about it," she admitted. "But at the end of the day, it was somewhat effortless. It just kind of naturally happened, and before I knew it, I was in something that was making my life better - the people who really love me can see the effect it has had on me."