Actress Charlize Theron was born in South Africa on August 7, 1975. She grew up on a farm with her parents in Benoni which is near Johannesburg and is the product of parents who are German and French.Charlize who spent her formative years in Africa had a love for dancing and she enrolled for training as a ballet dancer before she came to the US. Once she got to the US, she worked at the Joffrey Ballet in New York and also modeled as well to supplement her income. Charlize could not have predicted that her dancing career would come to an end after she injured her knee.
By the time Charlize was 18, on the prompting from her mother Charlize travelled to Los Angeles where she searched for acting gigs; her luck came eight months after arriving in Los Angeles when she starred in her first movie called “2 days in the Valley”. She also starred in “That Thing You Do” and “The Devil’s Advocate.” These movies paved the way for other big roles in films including “Mighty Joe Young” “The Cider House Rules” “The Italian Job” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance”.Charlize won her first Award; an Academy Award for her role in “Monster.”
Actress Julia Roberts has over the years emerged as one of the more prolific female actresses out there. She is versatile and can truly own a role and her fans can see her do that and more when she appears in the upcoming movie Mirror, Mirror.”Julia hails from Smyrna, Georgia and acting comes naturally for her since she comes from a family of actors. She has two other siblings and they too have been bitten by the acting bug. Julia’s original plan was to go to school to become a veterinarian; however she decided to follow her siblings to New York City after her high school graduation.
Once in New York, Julia got her first break into television when she starred in the series “Crime Story”. She also starred in the movie Mystic Pizza back in 1988 where she played Daisy, a vulnerable character. The following year Julia got a big break in her career when she appeared in “Steel Magnolias,” a movie that put her in the lineup for an Academy Award nomination.“Pretty Woman” back in 1990 was also a big blockbuster movie for Julia who played opposite noted actor Richard Gere. Julia’s convincing role in that movie also earned her a nomination for Best Actress as well. A series of great movies starring Julia followed. They included “The Pelican Brief” “Runaway Bride” and “Eric Brockovich”, the latter which earned her an Oscar award.
Singer Mary J Blige is one of the more consecutive singers out there. To be sure, she is a singer and songwriter that has earned the name the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul. Mary was born in the Bronx New York back in 1971 however she would spend most of her childhood in Savannah Georgia and Yonkers, NY. As most singer, Mary also got her singing start at the church and also from hearing her mother sing on her recordings. Mary’s big break came when she did a stellar performance of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” at a recording booth in a mall. Needless to say, Mary’s recording of the song was picked up by Uptown Records back in 1988 and the rest as they say was history. Mary eventually left high school to go out and sing backup vocals for several popular artists and she eventually got her first solo album.
Entitled “411?” the CD was produced by Sean Diddy Combs and it became a popular CD for Mary for the mere fact that the compilation was honest and true and spoke of Mary’s struggles coming up in life. The CD spawned many hits and Mary remained consistent with other compilations with singles like “Not Gon’ Cry” and “Be Without You.” Two of Mary’s albums sat at the top of the Billboard charts. They included “Share my World” and “Growing Pains.” “Growing Pains” earned her a Grammy Award for the best contemporary rhythm and blues album.
Vanessa Hudgens is best known for her role as “Gabrielle” on the modern day “Grease” type show called “High School Musical” on Disney Channel but she has been performing as early as the age of eight. She was born Vanessa Anne Hudgens on December 14, 1988 in Salinas, California and she and her family later moved to Los Angeles after Vanessa was given the opportunity to appear in a commercial. Vanessa’s first taste of entertaining the crowd was performing at musicals. She started acting when she starred in films such as “Thirteen” and in “Thunderbirds” where she played Tintin. Back then Vanessa was fortunate enough to be paired with actor Brady Corbet.
The Disney hit “High School Musical” was one of the more successful shows that Vanessa has ever done. The original show spun two more movies in the series and they also produced memorabilia some of which were dolls made in the image of her character.For “High School Musical” Vanessa won the “Best Chemistry” award along with co star and then boyfriend Zac Efron at the Teen Choice Awards. Vanessa is currently one of the top earning celebrities under the age of 21. Her success came heavily from the book series which evolved from the hit musical show.