One of the biggest stars to come from South Africa is Charlize Theron. She was born in Benoni to an Afrikaner family with European ancestry. She grew up in Benoni with her mother and father. Her father was known as a violent alcoholic and was shot and killed in self-defense by her mother during one physical attack. The model and actress got her start in films like Mighty Joe Young, The Devil’s Advocate, and Reindeer Games. Since then, she has gained critical acclaim, winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and several other awards for her role in Monster. She’s had several other acting nominations and has been highly praised for her performance in the 2015 hit, Mad Max: Fury Road.