Calendar Girl March 2012: Cameron Diaz

Cameron in her calendar picture

Something of a change from the stream of non-entities that usually feature in the FHM calendar: an actual star!  Diaz was born in San Diego in 1972 and her surname comes from her grandfather who was Spanish.   Her exotic looks saw her discovered, at the age of sixteen, by a photographer at a Hollywood party.  Within a week she was signed by the Elite Modelling Agency.  

Ra! Ra!  A teenage Cameron in High School

She attended Long Beach Polytechnic High and was a member of the "Polyettes" dance squad who performed at school football games.

After leaving school she traveled the world as a model; working in Paris, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Morocco. She did commercial work for the likes of Coca-Cola, Nivea, LA Gear, Levi's and Calvin Klein. 

These splendid black and white swimming pool shots come from her time as a model.  Since becoming famous she has kept herself rather more covered up.

Her big break came when, having no acting experience whatsoever other than high school drama class, she auditioned, at the suggestion of an Elite agent, for the lead female role in the film The Mask (1994).

Treating it as something of a joke she got called back twelve times by the producers who eventually cast her. She then had to take acting lessons.  The shot of her in a red dress (and helped considerably by a Frederick's of Hollywood padded bra) became one of the great female entrances in Hollywood history.

We have to confess that other than The Mask (which we didn't enjoy) and the Charlie's Angels films (which we did) we haven't seen Cameron in a film as she doesn't appear in the sort of films we like.

Never mind she has made a major name for herself and was only the third actress to be paid $20 million for a film (for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)).

Like many Hollywood actresses Cameron has had surgery on her nose, but unlike most, hers was justified as it was for medical reasons; having had a surfing accident.

So, we like Cameron as a concept (apparently her favourite word is "sex") although  we have to say we much prefer her with dark hair.  She does, however, triumphantly pass the Agent Triple P "does she look good in vest?" test.

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