Cameron Diaz is an American former fashion model, actress, and producer. Every aspiring Hollywood actress prays to have a career as swift as Cameron’s.
Starting out as an instantly successful fashion model, Diaz took Hollywood by storm with her first ever acting role and has been at the top of her game ever since. She is the second-highest grossing domestic box office actress with over $3 billion domestic gross and over $7 billion worldwide gross. Here’s her success story.
Age, Bio, Wiki
Cameron Michelle Diaz was born on August 30, 1972, in San Diego California. Being the daughter of an oil company foreman, it is safe to say Cameron’s childhood was far from penury. She grew up in Long Beach, where she attended Los Cerritos Elementary School and later, Long Beach Polytechnic High School. At the high school, she was schoolmates with the famous rapper, Snoop Dogg.
Cameron, at the age of 16, began a career as a fashion model and signed with Elite Management. A natural in front of the camera, her modelling career became an instant success. Just months into the business and Diaz was already travelling around the world for modelling gigs. Globetrotting from Sydney to Paris, Morocco, and Japan, Diaz represented luxury giants like Levi’s and Calvin Klein as well as beverage makers Coca-Cola. At the age of 17, she was selected to grace the covers of the July 1990 issue of the teen magazine “Seventeen”. At this point, Cameron had technically earned enough paycheck to grant her independence even before adulthood.
Instant Hollywood Success
Having earned her stripes in the modelling world, Cameron, at the suggestion of an agent at Elite Management, looked to conquer new grounds in Hollywood and my! She did! Without prior acting experience, she auditioned and won a lead role in 1994 movie “The Mask” which also starred Jim Carrey. She was just 21 years old at the time. The movie would go on to be her first of many box office hits as it became the highest-grossing movie of the year with $351.6 million earned against a budget of $23 million.
After her impressive and much acclaimed acting debut, Diaz honed her acting with appearances in small films like “The Last Supper” (1996) and “She’s the One” (1996). She made the return to mainstream movies in 1997 with “My Best Friend’s Wedding” which matched the success of her debut with $299.3 million gross earnings from $38 million budget. Her third try at mainstream landed her a Golden Globe nod for best actress. It was the lead/title role in 1998 movie “There’s Something About Mary” which grossed $369.9 million from $28 million and earned her $2 million.
Cameron Diaz Career Earnings, More Box Office Hits and Earnings
The rom-com staple has an estimated net worth of $150 million. Cameron continued to be a box office darling with more hits and critical acclaim in movies such as “Being John Malkovich” (1999). For 2000 action comedy film, “Charlie’s Angels” which grossed $264.1 million against $90 million budget, Diaz received $12 million. Subsequently, Cameron earned $10 million for “Vanilla Sky” (2001), $17.5 million for “Gangs of New York” (2002), $15 million for “The Sweetest Thing” (2002), and $20 million for the sequel of Charlies Angel’s entitled “Full Throttle”. The later paycheck made her the third actress in Hollywood to earn $20 million for a single role.
The box office successes earned Daiz her debut appearance on Forbes list of highest paid actresses in 2005 with $13 million earned. The following year (2006), she featured on the list with a $15 million pretax paycheck. Diaz made headlines in June 2008 when she appeared on the top paid actress list with earnings of $50 million. Most of the money came from the upfront pay she received for her role in “What Happens” in Vegas opposite Ashton Kutcher as well as he voice role in “Shrek”, both of which were commercial smash hits.
Cameron debuted the voicing role of Princess Fiona in Shrek since its first instalment in 2001. For her role, she receives a minimum of $10 million. Shrek is the highest grossing animation franchise and the 13th highest grossing franchise of all time. As of 2016, it has made over $3.5 billion from 5 films.
The star continues to demand top dollar for her roles. Between 2009 and 2016 she earned over $150 million. She has a fair share of flops, nonetheless, the hits easily make them insignificant.
In addition to her acting endeavours, Cameron earns frequently from endorsing luxury brands like Swiss manufacturing company, Tag Heuer and a plethora of others. She has also penned a handful of books that have made the NYT bestseller list.
Cameron Diaz Married, Husband and Children
After several relationships, Cameron in her forties married her husband, Benji Madden. One would have thought that the A-list actress who seemed to have lost all hope in marriage will never see a man fit to be her prince charming. But Diaz broke the jinx when she married her husband in January 2015, after few weeks of engagement.
In several interviews, Cameron has described her marriage as the best years of her life as she married a man who completes her. Cameron has no kids of her own though there were rumours of her opting to adopt a child. However, the actress and her husband are trying to conceive.
Parents and Twin Sister
Cameron’s parents are Emilio Diaz (father), and Billy Early (mother). Her father, as mentioned earlier, was a Cuban American oil company foreman. On the other hand, it is only known that her mother was an Anglo-German woman. She has a sister called Chimene Diaz who is often mistaken to be her twin sister.