Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She broke out in the 1990s with her roles in The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary, and subsequently appeared in Charlie’s Angels, Shrek, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York, and several other Hollywood films. Diaz has received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of Billie (née Early), an import-export agent, and Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), who worked for the California oil company UNOCAL for more than 20 years as a field gauger, and in the pipeline department, until he retired in 1998. Her father, who was born in Los Angeles County, was a second-generation Cuban American (her grandparents settled in Tampa’s Ybor City) and her mother is of English, German and Cherokee ancestry. She has one older sister, Chimene Diaz and one older brother, Michael. She attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School at the same time as rapper Snoop Dogg.