Cinema: Glamour Guts And Glory

Ambitious and versatile, actress Charlize Theron takes a bite out of Hollywood

Charlize Theron is drunk as a skunk and strapping on a parachute. "Too much altitude, ma'am!" says the pilot. "You'll surely die!" Theron, lovely in a black Versace gown and hot pink Manolo Blahnik mules, cares not one bit. She secures her parachute as she steps onto the wing, gives the pilot the finger and takes the plunge.

All right, that first paragraph was one big lie. But it's already a journalistic tradition to make Charlize Theron (the last name rhymes with heron) sound sexy, sassy and adventurous. Ever since her breakthrough role as Helga, the Teutonic man killer in the...

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