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CAMERON DIAZ (Mary) walked off with the role of lounge singer Tina Carlyle in the hit comedy The Mask with virtually no acting experience. Working opposite superstar Jim Carrey, the film marked the 21-year-old former Elite model's professional acting debut and became one of 1994's biggest hits.

Spotting the script for The Mask on her agent's desk, she auditioned for her groundbreaking role a dozen times before making her big screen debut. For her work in the film, she was honored by the National Association of Theater Owners as the 'Female Star of Tomorrow'.

In the past four years, Diaz has worked non-stop, displaying a unique versatility in front of the camera in numerous diverse roles. She played a liberal college student in the art house hit, The Last Supper, the debutante about to be married in My Best Friend's Wedding, the bitchy ex-hooker in Edward Burns' She's the One, the white trash bride who falls for her brother-in-law in Feeling Minnesota and the victim of an unusual kidnapping in Danny Boyle's romantic comedy, A Life Less Ordinary. She appears next in a starring role opposite Christian Slater in Peter Berg's production, Very Bad Things.

Diaz grew up in Long Beach, California, with her family heritage ranging from Cuban to Native American. She landed a modeling contract as a 16-year-old high school student, and carved out a successful career as a print model over the next five years before her big screen debut.


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