MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
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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