Cameron Diaz: Birthday Girl Turns 40! We Look Back at Her Career and Credits!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

TODAY, Thursday August 30, 2012 is a big day for actress Cameron Diaz — it’s her 40th birthday!

The star — who’s the youngest of three sisters — was born in San Diego, California. Her mother, Billie (née Early), is an import-export agent, and her father, Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger.

Diaz has an older sister, Chimene. Her father’s family were Cuban (of Spanish descent), and settled in Tampa’s Ybor City, later moving to California, where Emilio was born. Her mother has German, English, and Cherokee ancestry. Diaz was raised in Long Beach, California and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Diaz rose to prominence during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include the two Charlie’s Angels films, voicing the character Princess Fiona in the Shrek series, The Holiday and Bad Teacher

Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.

Diaz recently insisted she was looking forward to her milestone birthday.

“I’m so, so excited about turning 40,” she said.

“When I was in my twenties I couldn’t wait to get to my thirties, now at the end of my thirties, I’m so looking forward to my forties. I love getting older.”