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The Cameron Diaz Bio

The Cameron Diaz Review –

by Nate Lee


There's Something About Mary,
The Mask, The Holiday

The comic obsession of outrageous (loser) characters in over-the-top comedies (or the last-minute addition of romantic comedy with "The Holiday"), and who says beautiful people can't do such things? Diaz's mixture of sweet, sexy, comedic fun was instrumental to these films' huge success.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
There's Something About Mary (the perfect woman, desired by Ben Stiller, Mat Dillon and everyone else)
The Holiday (Hollywood exec trading houses and lives with British loser Kate Winslet, opposite Jude Law)
My Best Friend's Wedding (trying to keep Julia Roberts from stealing her fiancé, Dermot Mulroney)
In Her Shoes (free-wheeling sister of Toni Collette, goes in search of secret grandmother, Shirley MacLaine)
Very Bad Things (determined bride of a very bad Jon Favreau)
A Life Less Ordinary (wealthy woman kidnapped by love-interest Ewan McGregor)
She's the One (three-way affair opposite Ed Burns and his brother Mike McGlone)
The Last Supper (killing for the good of society in this black comedy)
Head Above Water (with Harvey Keitel, trying to hide the corpse of an old boyfriend)
The Mask (gangster moll and diva, opposite Jim Carrey)
Gangs of New York (a street-smart thief, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis)
Vanilla Sky (obsessive lover of Tom Cruise)
Being John Malkovich (wife of John Cusack, taking turns "being JM")
Charlie's Angels (Natalie, the smart one)
Any Given Sunday (new owner of a pro football team, opposite Al Pacino)
Knight and Day (swept away by spy Tom Cruise)
Green Hornet (Lenore Case)
The Real Cameron Diaz:
There's Something About Mary

There is no reason to believe that this consummate performance as the completely unassuming perfect girl/woman best friend/lover aka Mary is that far from the truth. Her talk-show appearances are an exercise in naturalness, known for burp contests, tapping people on the head, or genuineness served up table d'hôte.
Acting Style:
Good-time girl next door. What's uncanny about Diaz is her ability to make a dramatic or indy-type character work, in spite of her being the archetypal romantic-comedy beauty. Though the obvious object of desire in many films, she plays against that so well that we accept that she could beat coach Al Pacino, or just about any guy, in virtually any kind of competition.
Bits and Quirks:
Loud laugh. Demure smile with a move of the head, often holding on to hair. Puff of lips and stare while angry. Uses a pseudo-stiff pose to seem more approachable. A variety of slouchy or off-centered poses to make her more approachable. Lets her natural beauty work, without posing or pushing it.
If you like Cameron Diaz You probably didn't like:
What Happens in Vegas
Great Scenes:
The Holiday

> Knocking out her boyfriend
> Meeting Jude Law
> Love scene with Jude
> The three-way phone embarrassing phone conversation
> Dancing in the cottage
> Meeting Jude Law's kids
> Walking from the cab to the cabin in the snow

My Best Friend's Wedding

> Singing karaoke in the bar
> The "Say a Little Prayer for You" number

Gangs of New York

> Meeting Leo at knife point
> The knife scene with Daniel Day-Lewis
> The love scene with Leo

The Mask

> Meeting Jim Carrey in the bank
> Singing in the night club
> Dancing with Carrey
> The showdown at the club, where she is tied to a tree and a bomb

Vanilla Sky

> "I'm Sophie" hallucination of Cruise
> The fateful car ride

Any Given Sunday

> The little talk with mom Ann Margaret
> Al Pacino's speech at the end

There's Something About Mary

> After the crying scene, choosing Ben Stiller
> At the restaurant, with the "hair gel" in her hair
> Stiller fighting her dog
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