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    Газета School English #9, 2009

    Cameron Diaz

    Cameron Diaz
    “I’m not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn’t even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean? That journey, I’ve done it already. I don’t want to do it again. It’s a lot of work to get through it, and I am excited about moving forward. I think that people get caught up1 in getting back to some place that they already passed or to a place where you cannot stay.”

        Cameron Diaz was born on the 30th of August, 1972, in San Diego, California. Her father, Emilio Diaz, was a second generation Cuban American and worked as a foreman for an oil company. Her mother, Billie, was an import/export broker of English, German and Native American descent (a complex blend of bloodlines that helps to explain Cameron’s outrageous good looks). There was also an older sister, Chimene.

        Diaz began modeling2 when she was 16 years old. Her successful modeling career took her to Japan, Australia, Morocco, and Paris, among other locales3 , landed her in such magazines as Mademoiselle and Seventeen, and in advertising campaigns4 for such companies as Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola, and Levi’s.

        In 1994, Diaz won her first film role in the blockbuster action.comedy The Mask, starring rubber. faced comic Jim Carrey. With no previous acting experience, she had originally auditioned5 for a supporting character in the film. Later, however, she was hired to play torch-singing6 mob moll Tina Carlyle, the female lead.

        After the success of The Mask, Diaz was touted7 as the next big thing in Hollywood and wooed8 by a number of prominent9 filmmakers to appear in their projects.

        While training to star in the live-action film version of the popular martial-arts10 video game Mortal Kombat, Diaz sustained11 a wrist injury12, which caused her to back out of the film. Instead she made a string of smaller, independent films, including The Last Supper (1995); Feeling Minnesota (1996), costarring Keanu Reeves; She’s the One (1996), costarring Ed Burns and Jennifer Aniston; and Head Above Water (1996), costarring Harvey Keitel. She made a successful return to mainstream movies in 1997, winning raves13 for her portrayal of a sweet bride. to.be opposite Julia Roberts in the playful comedy hit My Best Friend’s Wedding. After starring opposite Ewan McGregor in the uneven14 romantic comedy A Life Less Ordinary (1997), Diaz made the leap to A.list Hollywood stardom15 with her savvy16 comic turn in summer blockbuster There’s Something About Mary, costarring Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon, and written and directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly. In 1999, audiences saw two very different sides of Diaz-first, she camouflaged her blond beauty to play a dowdy17 pet-shop worker and puppeteer’s wife in the much talked-about existential comedy Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze and costarring John Cusack, Catherine Keener, and Malkovich.

        Later that year, she turned in a brazen18 performance as the glamorous, hard-nosed19 new owner of a professional football team in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, costarring Al Pacino and Dennis Quaid.

        Despite her undeniable20 box office appeal, Diaz continued to appear in relatively21 low-budget independent film - including the black comedy Very Bad Things (1998), Malkovich, and the ensemble film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000), which aired on Showtime cable television in 2001 and costarred Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, and Calista Flockhart as well as more mainstream projects. In the fall of 2000, she starred alongside Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as one of the three female detectives at the heart of the hit big.screen remake of Aaron Spelling’s 1970s television show, Charlie’s Angels.

        In early 2001, Diaz appeared as a free-spirited older sister in The Invisible Circus. She also provided the voice for the spirited22 Princess Fiona in that summer’s animated hit Shrek, also featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy. The trio revived23 their roles for the blockbuster sequel in 2004. In 2001, she starred in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, co-starring Tom Cruise. The following year, she joined Liu and Barrymore for the sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. In 2005, she starred in the film In Her Shoes with Toni Colette.

        Showing her more serious side, Diaz starred in the 2009 family drama My Sister’s Keeper. She played the mother of three in the film who finds herself at odds24 with her youngest child Anna (Abigail Breslin) over her middle child’s medical needs. The film is based on the best.selling novel by Jodi Picoult.

        In addition to her work onscreen, Diaz is often in the news for her personal life. Diaz’s five-year relationship with video producer Carlos de La Torre ended in 1995. She dated25 her There’s Something About Mary costar Matt Dillon from 1996 to 1998. Diaz became involved with actor Jared Leto in 1999. The couple broke up in 2003, and she started dating singer Justin Timberlake. Diaz and Timberlake dated for several years before calling it quits in 2007. Most recently, she has been linked to model Paul Sculfor.

        Cameron Diaz certainly doesn’t need money, particularly as, being a big fan of fries26 and Egg McMuffins, she’s so cheap to feed. Besides, she has her own restaurant, Bambu, down in Miami. One thing she’d LIKE, certainly, is more good parts, and you can bet she’ll be scouring27 the works of her favourite authors, Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski, to find material. She’s also moved gradually28 towards using her fame for the greater good, in 2005 lecturing at Stanford University on environmentally friendly design. In the meantime, she seems, pretty much, to have it all.
    1 get caught up – зацикливаться
    2 modeling – модельная карьера
    3 locale – место действия
    4 advertising campaign – рекламная компания
    5 auditioned – участвовала в прослушивании
    6 torch-song – сентиментальная песня о несчастной любви
    7 tout – хвалить, рекламировать
    8 woo – добиваться, просить, умолять
    9 prominent – выдающийся, известный
    10 martial-arts – восточные единоборства
    11 sustain – испытывать
    12 injury – травма
    13 rave – восторженные отзывы
    14 uneven – эксцентричный
    15 stardom – звезда театра, кино
    16 savvy – находчивость, сообразительность
    17 dowdy – непривлекательный, неброский
    18 brazen – нахальный, дерзкий
    19 hard-nosed – решительный
    20 undeniable – неоспоримый
    21 relatively – относительно
    22 spirited – живой, яркий, энергичный
    23 revive – возобновляться, воссоединяться
    24 odds – разногласия
    25 dated – встречаться, ходить на свидания
    26 fries – жареное мясо, жаркое
    27 scour – штудировать литературу, искать информацию
    28 gradually – понемногу, постепенно

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