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CAMERON DIAZ (Christina Pagniacci) received a Golden Globe Award nomination as Best Actress for her title role in the 1998 comedy smash "There's Something About Mary," opposite Ben Stiller. The film, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, firmly established Diaz as an American movie star of great promise. In this film, her range continues to expand in the direction of a forceful young woman who senses her destiny in this life.

When Diaz made her feature film debut at age 21, she had had five years' experience as a successful Elite model and virtually no acting experience. She auditioned for a small role in the motion picture "The Mask," which would star Jim Carrey, and was asked to read, instead, for the female lead of lounge singer Tina Carlyle, which she won, beating out a number of established actresses.

After completing "The Mask," Diaz briefly resumed her modeling career, but when the film became one of Carrey's biggest hits, her career in film was truly launched. As a follow-up to "The Mask," Diaz chose a small independent film called "The Last Supper," in which she joined a talented ensemble cast that included Annabeth Gish, Ron Eldard, Jonathan Penner and Courtney B. Vance.

Her third feature was the offbeat love story "Feeling Minnesota," in which Diaz starred with Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio. She went on to play a cold, manipulative New Yorker in Edward Burns' "She's the One," and next starred opposite Harvey Keitel and Craig Sheffer in the thriller "Head Above Water."

In 1996, Diaz was named ShoWest's Female Star of Tomorrow by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Her first studio film since "The Mask," "My Best Friend's Wedding," became one of the biggest hits of the summer of 1997 and one of the 10 top-grossing films of the year. Starring opposite Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett as a sweet debutante on the eve of her wedding, Diaz's performance earned her the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Diaz then starred opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary." Following "There's Something About Mary," Diaz starred with Christian Slater in the dark comedy "Very Bad Things" for writer/director Peter Berg.

Immediately following the completion of her work in "Any Given Sunday," Diaz went on to star in "The Invisible Circus," an independent feature. She was seen most recently in the darkly comic, critically acclaimed "Being John Malkovich."

Diaz grew up in Southern California and her family's lineage includes Cuban, German and Native American.


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