One of the first movies she ever went to see at the theater was Splash . She confessed that after watching the movie, she felt jealous of Daryl Hannah and developed a crush on Tom Hanks. She even said to herself that she could have played the role of Madison better than Hannah.
Announced on "Late Show with David Letterman" that she is now a United States citizen (March 12, 2008).
Auditioned for the female lead of Nomi Malone in Showgirls .
Dated Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of the band Third Eye Blind, from January 1998 to July 2001.
Appeared in the May 1999 issue of Playboy Magazine.
Was considered for the role of Vickie Kittrie in Mercy .
Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. .
Was in consideration for the part of Satine in Moulin Rouge! but Nicole Kidman, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
She has been dating Irish actor Stuart Townsend since August 2001.
Turned down the female lead in Pearl Harbor to star alongside Keanu Reeves in Sweet November .
Was ranked 4th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan .
Met fiancé Stuart Townsend on the set of Trapped .
Voted the 12th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
Entertainment Weekly predicted her Oscar win for Monster eleven months before she won it.
She gained 30 pounds to play Aileen Wuornos in Monster .
On the show, "Shootout" , it was revealed that her manager discovered her in a Hollywood bank after he witnessed her yelling at a bank teller for refusing to cash her check.
Won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Aileen Wuornos on what would have been Aileen's 48th birthday: 29 February 2004.
After winning her Oscar, she returned to great celebrations in her native South Africa, and she even met former South African President Nelson Mandela. When he praised her for putting their country on the map and gave her a hug, Theron broke into tears (she was guest of honor at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on March 11th 2004).
Named #4 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement .
Dyed her hair black for Æon Flux .
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September 29, 2005).
Named #15 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Æon Flux . However, she failed to receive a nomination. (Had she gotten the nomination, she would have been the first person to be nominated for both Leading Actress awards at the Oscars, for North Country , and the Razzies.)
In 2004, injured her neck while filming Æon Flux . Luckily, the injury wasn't serious enough to put her in the hospital, but it did shut down production for several weeks.
At the 2005 Golden Globes she was sporting a new dark hair color. She is a now a member of the celebrities who have dyed their hair from blonde to brown, or black. They include, among others: Mary-Kate Olsen; Nicky Hilton; Mandy Moore; Renée Zellweger; Christina Aguilera, Melinda Messenger and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.
Chosen by Femme Fatales magazine as one of the "50 sexiest women on the planet".
Named #15 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. .
Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2007.
Ranked #11 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year for 2008.
Made jalapeño cornbread with two turkeys for Thankgiving .
Split with Stuart Townsend after a 9-year relationship.