Back in the mid nineties, blonde bombshell and all around girl next door, Cameron Diaz quite literally burst onto our screens. Originally born in California, Diaz has Spanish and Cuban routes, stemming from her late father's side. Growing up on the west coast, Diaz attended the same school as a number of other famous celebs.
First shooting to fame as a model, Diaz snagged a number of high profile contracts; modelling for brands such as Calvin Klein and Levi's. Diaz then moved onto television, shooting commercials for a variety of well known brands. However, things were about to change dramatically for the young starlet when, at only 21 years old, Diaz starred in the cult classic, The Mask, instantly propelling her to stardom as one of the hottest women in Hollywood.
Known for her comedic appeal and likeable attitude, the actress has had a turbulent time within the Hollywood realms of dating, producing a long list of famous ex-boyfriends. Friends with a number of high profile leading ladies, Diaz is also one of the most popular actresses in the world— she's definitely an A-lister. Now in her mid-forties, Diaz is still raking in the big bucks and still rocking a hot bod. To celebrate the hottie that is Cameron Diaz, here are 15 photos of her in her prime.
15 High School Diaz
Growing up in San Diego, Diaz was the ultimate blonde all American girl next door. Attending the now famed Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California, Diaz was actually classmates with Snoop Dog. Recalling his studious days with Diaz, Snoop recently commented that, "she ran with my home girls, all my little cheerleading home girls, she was in their little crew." Confirming that she had always been a bit of a babe, Snoop went on to state that, "she was fly and she was hip", whatever that means. However, clearly not too smitten, Snoop confessed that he never tried asking her out due to her age, claiming, "I never got at her like that because she was younger than me." Remembering her time with the famous rapper, Diaz also shockingly confessed that Snoop may have supplied her with a couple ounces of the green stuff, claiming, "he was very tall and skinny and wore lots of ponytails in his hair and I'm pretty sure I got weed from him. I had to have".
14 Cover Girl Diaz
Iconic American magazine, Seventeen, was first published a whopping 70 years ago. Appealing to those in their mid-teens, the magazine is now famed for launching the careers of several young starlets. From Diane Lane, Brooke Shields and Milla Jovovich, to Katie Holmes and Cameron Diaz. In fact, Diaz was virtually unknown, starting life as a teen model in the early nineties. Quoted as saying, "my ultimate dream is to be a zoologist. Maybe go on safari in Africa and study lions", Diaz was a far cry from the actress we know and love today. Going on to model some more, Diaz then found her way into advertising, working for brands such as Coca-Cola and Levi's.
13 Cheerleader Diaz
As well as buying weed off Snoop Dog, Diaz also succumbed to a number of other high school stereotypes... enter cheerleading. Probably one of her most famous photographs, Dropping out of high school at the tender age of 16 years old, Diaz continued her quest for fame. After pursuing a modelling career, Diaz developed a keen interest in acting, landing her first role in the acclaimed comedic success, The Mask, in 1994. The movie, which also starred Jim Carrey, was extremely successful, and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Having no prior acting experience, and being only 21 years old, the movie launched her career and became a sex symbol across the globe. She is now ranked as one of the richest women in Hollywood; not bad for a high school drop out huh?
12 Casual Diaz
Often seen makeup free and dressed down, it can be refreshing to see an actress of such beauty, seemingly not bothered about their natural appearance. In fact, straying away from a number of 'expected' choices, Diaz has done the opposite with regards to her role as a woman in the limelight. Choosing not to have children, Diaz stated, "it's so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for– I didn't take that on. A baby... that's all day, every day for 18 years. Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn't make it an easy decision. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother". Again, with it refreshing to hear such comments, especially from a woman in such a high position, Diaz has paved the way for women in Hollywood, who are questioned every day with regards to their body and personal life. Ever the role model, the actress is a breath of fresh air.
11 Youthful Diaz
Building up a decent repertoire of roles, Diaz has starred in a number of classics, as well as a variety of bombs. Receiving Golden Globe nominations for movies such as, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York and There's Something About Mary, the latter has become one of her most famous roles to date. In fact, it was one scene in particular that really cemented her presence in Hollywood, as well as earning her a place among the comedic elite, proving she was able to laugh at herself. Along with Ben Stiller, the movie sees Diaz sporting a particularly crude hairstyle in a scene that has gone down in history with regards to smutty comedy. Winning the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award for the role, Diaz went back to her original high school in order to prepare for the movie's flashback scenes. Starring along side then boyfriend Matt Dillon, the pair were one of the hottest Hollywood couples of the time.
10 Sheer Diaz
Known for her killer body and ample features, Diaz hasn't always sported toned abs and a super strong physique. That's right, admitting to plying her body with cigarettes and fast food, the famous actress is also famous for having acne troubles, often attributing her poor eating habits to her oily skin. Recalling her dreaded past, Diaz stated, "I was twenty-six years old. I had just quit smoking. I had poor eating habits. I had no strength. Then I was cast in the Charlie’s Angels movie. It was autumn, and Drew Barrymore and I arrived to train for our roles on set. Cheung-yan Yuen, who was our martial arts master, was there, along with all of our trainers. We were so excited. Woo hoo!" Now one with her body, Diaz is often photographed on her way to the gym, as well as advising those who want to keep fit with what to eat. Releasing, The body book: the law of hunger, the science of strength, and other ways to love your amazing body, in 2013, the book focuses on Diaz's advice on helping you become a fitter, happier and healthier version of yourself.
9 Red Dress Diaz
Speaking of The Mask, probably one of the most famous movies of the nineties, the film has become something of a cult classic. Jim Carrey played Stanley Ipkiss, an unlucky bank clerk who is ridiculed by just about everyone he knows. His luck suddenly changes when he stumbles upon a green mask. Imbued with magical powers, the mask changes Ipkiss into a smart and confident ladies' man, only to return to his normal life by morning. Helping to launch Carrey's career as funny man to the stars, it was actually Diaz's performance that really brought in the big bucks, with her role now seen as somewhat iconic. Blasting through her first scene in a tight red dress, the dress is now just as famous as she is. However, Diaz's most famous role to date was close to never happening at all, with Anna Nicole Smith enlisted to play the part instead. Luckily for Diaz, Smith had already committed to another film, leaving Diaz to steal the show and build her Hollywood career.
8 Beach-Ready Diaz
Meeting in 1995, Matt Dillon definitely had it good with Cameron; just look at that 'come hither' look! They instantly hit it off and embarked on a Hollywood love affair soon after. Starring in hit movie, There's Something About Mary, together, the two split after three years. Recalling his relationship with the stunning blonde, Dillon admitted, "It's a very powerful thing when you feel that way about somebody. Cameron was a muse for me. I hadn't been in any deep emotional relationships." With rumors that they split due to Diaz's reluctance to settle down, Dillon somewhat confirmed the speculation, confessing, "you fall in love, and all that passion goes into procreating and wanting children. I’ve felt that need to want to raise a child… I’m open to life now, even to marriage. I’m open to the idea that things will work out." Now still seemingly looking for the "one", Dillon has dated a long list of Hollywood celebs. Maybe he's still lusting after the famous blonde bombshell after all.
7 White Tank Diaz
Not only was Matt Dillon lucky to have her, but Justin Timberlake couldn't resist the way this gorgeous blonde looked in a plain old tank! It's safe to say, not many women can pull off a regular shirt the way she can. The two hooked up in 2003, and the paparazzi must have thought Christmas had come early. Quickly turning into Hollywood's hottest couple, the pair dated for three years, finally ending it after almost four years. Now both happily married to their respective partners, the pair has only good words for one another, something rarely seen in Hollywood break-ups. In fact, the two ended on such good terms that they later starred together in the romantic comedy, Bad Teacher, in which the ex-lovers also had to share a sex scene— sort of (recall, it was quite innocent, but still hilarious). Discussing their strange but endearing relationship, Diaz stated, "It's great. Justin and I have always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to have a laugh together, and there really was no one else who was more perfect for this part," Wow, if only all break-ups were as easy as theirs.
6 Girl Next Door Diaz
After a number of relationships that somewhat seemed to fizzle out, the girl next door had seemingly had enough. Playing it single for a while, Diaz had sworn off marrying throughout her life. However, upon meeting Good Charlotte rockstar Benji Madden, everything suddenly began to change, with the pair marrying only two months after they had first met. Describing her attraction to her now husband, Diaz recently admitted, " it was one of those things where everyone tells you, 'You just know when you know', I was like, 'What does that mean? Oh, I get it. You just know when you know. Like you're my husband.'" Comparing him to her famous exes, Diaz went on to reveal, "nothing matters now that I have my husband, I don't even remember any of that. That's how I know he's my husband because no one compares." Ouch!
5 Saucy Diaz
Although now widely known for her comedic skills, Diaz is also a natural beauty, still often topping polls with regards to her appearance and sex appeal. Only she could pull off the sexy goofball goddess look. Diaz is the perfect balance sexy vixen and girl next door. Of course, with sex appeal often comes unwanted attention, and Diaz is often subjected to a number of false claims and idiotic remarks regarding her personal life. She actually sued American Media Inc. in 2005, and received a much deserved pay out when the National Enquirer posted an article claiming Diaz had been caught cheating on then boyfriend Justin Timberlake. Apologizing soon after, the magazine admitted they were in the wrong, paying out defamation damages to the famous blonde. Idiots.
4 Alternative Diaz
Born in San Diego, California, Diaz is extremely close to her parents, with her father sadly passing in 2008. Originally of Cuban descent, Emilio Diaz's family moved from Spain to Cuba, eventually settling in Florida, and then California, where Emilio was born. Sticking around, Emilio met Billie, thus producing one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Cameron, and an elder sister, Chimene. Displaying both Latin roots and English/German blood from her mother's side, Diaz is a mixture of European/Latino descent, resulting in her striking appearance. Proud of her Latin origins, Diaz claims to bring this quality to every role she acquires, channeling the feisty cultural qualities. However, due to her blonde hair and striking blue eyes, Diaz has confessed that a number of people within the film industry and beyond, often question her Latin heritage, causing her to feel insecure.
3 Nineties Diaz
With famous exes such as Matt Dillon and Justin Timberlake behind her, Diaz has also dated a number of other high profile names. That's right, clearly partial to a handsome figure, the ex-boyfriend list is hotter than anything, displaying a variety of Hollywood's leading men. Dating the likes of Matt Dillon, Ed Norton and Jared Leto, Diaz also dated famed baseball player Alex Rodriguez from 2010 to 2011. Rumored to have also hooked up with the likes of Adam Levine, with Elon Musk and Keanu Reeves also said to have romanced the famous actress during the mid 00s. Seemingly sick of Americans, Diaz has been spotted with British model Paul Sculfor and Scottish hunk Gerard Butler. And, that's not all, she's been connected to a number of other famous names throughout her career such as Sean Combs, Bradley Cooper and even Jude Law. In the end, it was Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden that finally stole the heart of the princess of Hollywood.
2 Pre-Celebrity Diaz
Although known for her physique, long list of ex-boyfriends and comedic appeal, Diaz is also a killer best friend, and gal pal to a number of Hollywood leading ladies. That's right, referring to Nicole Richie as one of her best friends, Diaz credits the young socialite for setting her up with her husband, with Richie stating, "I'm going to take responsibility for everything! I am a devoted sister-in-law. I'm happy for anyone who is happy, and I want everyone to be surrounded by love".
As close as Diaz is with Richie, it's legendary actress Drew Barrymore that has really stolen her heart, with the two often declaring their love for one another through social media and in numerous interviews. Describing her love for Barrymore, Diaz confessed, "she has the most amazing heart. She is one of my closest girlfriends, but the way she loves the people around her is really special. She is so giving of herself and so accepting of others". Reciprocating the love, Barrymore stated, "Cameron is one of the greatest friends anyone could have. She has so much love to give. We also support each other through the bad times. I've always felt like she's my big sister, but at the same time I know that sometimes I'm wiser and a bit less naive than she is. We just spend so much time having fun and laughing together. That's what true friendship is about." Awwwww.
1 Crass Diaz
Although never actually admitting that they were an item, Cameron Diaz and Ed Norton were often pictured together, lapping up various amounts of alcohol and generally having a good time. Partying up a storm in the late nineties, the couple was said to have dated for at least two months, before calling it quits soon after being spotted getting it on at the 1999 Super Bowl. Famously photographed giving the finger to the paparazzi, Diaz and Norton made quite a scene at the now legendary Tommy Hilfiger party, with the pair quite obviously liquored up. Norton went on to have a stellar career himself, the famous actor has already bagged three Academy Award nominations. Starring in classics such as American History X, Fight Club and Birdman, Norton is as well-liked around Hollywood as his famous ex. Marrying Canadian producer Shauna Robertson in 2011, the two are now parents to one boy, born in 2013.
Sources: www.boomsbeat.com, www.biography.com, www.moviefone.com, www.popsugar.com
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