THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
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
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
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