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Moviegoers were first introduced to the seductive charm of CHARLIZE THERON (Jill Young) in her feature-film debut, MGM's "2 Days in the Valley." Starring with James Spader, Eric Stoltz, and Jeff Daniels, it was the bizarre story of what happens to the lives of ten people in the San Fernando Valley who cross paths over 48 hours. Theron played Helga, Spader's partner and love interest, who can't get enough of the danger that surrounds her. Even among an ensemble cast, Theron gave a standout performance.

In early 1997, Theron starred in Jonathan Lynn's "Trial and Error" for New Line Cinema opposite Michael Richards and "2 Days in the Valley" co-star Jeff Daniels. In the fall of the same year, she co-starred with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in the Warner Bros. thriller, "Devil's Advocate."

Extraordinary talent was all Tom Hanks needed to see to cast Theron in his directorial debut, "That Thing You Do." The two time Academy Award® winning actor brought this story to film from the script he authored. It told the tale of a small town rock band, The Wonders, and the hit song that brings them fame. Theron portrayed Tina, Guy's (Tom Everett Scott) hometown girlfriend who is less than dazzled by The Wonders overnight success.

Theron has risen to the challenge of a variety of roles in a rather short period of time. She studied classical ballet for 12 years in her native South Africa and spent some time modeling in Milan and Paris before coming to the U.S.

Audiences will also see Theron star this year in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" whose ensemble cast includes Winona Ryder and Leonardo DiCaprio for which she is receiving rave advance reviews. Next year, Theron will star in New Line Cinema's "The Astronaut's Wife" opposite Johnny Depp.

Theron recently completed filming "The Yards" for Miramax, directed by James Gray ("Little Odessa"), starring with Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway; and Miramax's "Cider House Rules" based on the acclaimed novel by John Irving, starring with Tobey Maguire and Paul Rudd.

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