Statuesque blonde actress Charlize Theron defied preconceptions to become one of film's most formidable talents, as adept at comedy as she was hard-hitting drama. Escaping a volatile home life in South Africa, Theron pursued a successful modeling career prior to becoming an actress with supporting roles in such films as "That Thing You Do!" (1996) and "The Devil's Advocate" (1997). And although she displayed admirable range with turns alongside Michael Caine in "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and Woody Allen in "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), that career-defining role had yet to come her way. Everything changed when the stunning beauty shattered her ingénue persona with her transformative, Oscar-winning portrayal of convicted serial killer Aileen Wournos in "Monster" (2003). Another highly-lauded performance as a woman fighting against male domination - albeit in starkly dissimilar ways - came with the sexual harassment drama "North Country" (2005). As one of Hollywood's more versatile and respected actresses, Theron went on to enjoy roles in both big-budget blockbusters like the superhero adventure "Hancock" (2008) and the critically-acclaimed dark-comedy "Young Adult" (2011). Breathtakingly beautiful as well as deeply committed to her craft, Theron never failed to both impress in whatever role she chose to tackle.