BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
CAMERON DIAZ (Lotte Schwartz)
is one of today's most sought-after actresses.
At age 21, with five years' experience as a successful Elite model, Diaz followed the advice of her
commercial agent and went to audition for a supporting role in "The Mask." The casting agents, and director Charles Russell, saw something special in her and asked her to read for the female lead role of Tina Carlyle, which she won after more than a dozen auditions and readings with the film's star. Jim Carrey.
After completing "The Mask," Diaz briefly resumed her modeling career, but continued to explore her newfound love for acting. When the movie opened, it became one of Jim Carrey's biggest hits. and the film that launched Diaz' career in motion pictures.
Diaz followed "The Mask" with Stacy Title's independent film "The Last Supper"; Steven
Baigelman's offbeat love story "Feeling Minnesota" (starring opposite Keanu Reeves and Vincent
D'Onofrio), Edward Burns' romantic comedy "She's the One," and Jim Wilson's darkly comedic
thriller "Head Above Water" (starring opposite Harvey Keitel).
In 1996, she was named ShoWest's Female Star of Tomorrow by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO).
Diaz next starred with Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Rupert Everett in P.J. Hogan's "My
Best Friend's Wedding," one of 1997's biggest hits. Diaz' performance earned her the Blockbuster
Entertainment Award (voted on by more than 11 million customers of Blockbuster Video
internationally) for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Her subsequent films included Danny
Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary" (opposite Ewan McGregor) and Peter Berg's "Very Bad Things"
(opposite Christian Slater and Jon Favreau).
Then, along came Mary: 'There's Something About Mary," for which Diaz received the New York
Film Critics Circle's Best Actress Award; an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance; an
American Comedy Award; a Blockbuster Entertainment Award; and a Golden Globe Award
nomination. Diaz starred, as Mary, opposite Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller in Peter and Bobby
Farrelly's blockbuster comedy. The film was one of 1998's biggest hits, both in the U.S. and abroad.
She will next be seen in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," starring as part of an all-star ensemble; and in Adam Brooks' "Invisible Circus," starring with Jordana Brewster and Christopher Eccleston.
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