Early life[ edit ] Diaz was born in San Diego , California. For the next year, she worked all over the world on contracts for companies including Calvin Klein and Levi's.
Rutter approached Diaz in , ahead of the release of Charlie's Angels: He stated that he was offering her first right of refusal to them; she saw it as attempted blackmail and sued him. Having no previous acting experience, she started acting lessons after being cast.
The Mask became one of the top ten highest-grossing films of  and launched Diaz as a sex symbol. She was scheduled to perform in the film Mortal Kombat , but had to resign after breaking her hand while training for the role.
The film was a global box-office hit  and is considered as one of the best romantic comedy films of all time. SPLICEDwire found Diaz to be "in a tough spot as Mary [but] strikes an amazingly nimble balance between her character's endearing preciousness and the movie's twisted humor",  and Austin Chronicle remarked: Here, it's no stretch to understand why, at the end of the movie, some half-dozen suitors have converged in her living room to throw themselves at her feet".
She starred in Spike Jonze 's directorial debut Being John Malkovich , portraying the pet-obsessed wife of an unemployed puppeteer who, through a portal, finds himself in the mind of actor John Malkovich. The film received widespread acclaim and was an arthouse success. Her next film release in was Oliver Stone 's sports drama Any Given Sunday , where she played a young team owner who a veteran coach Al Pacino has fallen out of favor with.
A wide critical response and commercial success greeted Vanilla Sky upon its release; Los Angeles Times called her "compelling as the embodiment of crazed sensuality"  and The New York Times said she gives a "ferociously emotional" performance. San Francisco Chronicle similarly stated of the film, "most impressive is Cameron Diaz, whose fatal-attraction stalker is both heartbreaking and terrifying.
In the film, her role is plagued by a curse that transforms her into an ogress each and every sunset. Locked in a dragon-guarded castle for several years, she is "rescued" by the title character , whom she later comes to love. The limitations of her role point to a more serious lapse, which is the movie's lack of curiosity about what women's lives might have been like in Old New York". Full Throttle , and Shrek 2 In , Diaz played opposite Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine in In Her Shoes , a comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner , which focuses on the relationship between two sisters and their grandmother.
The film received generally positive reviews from critics,  and Diaz garnered acclaim for her performance of a dyslectic wild child engaged in a love-hate struggle with her plain, sensible sister Collette , with USA Today calling it "her best work" then. In it she played Amanda, an American movie trailer producer who arranges a home exchange with a British woman Winslet. While audiences reacted positively to the film, reviews were negative. In it, Diaz plays a classic car restorer who unwittingly gets caught up with the eccentric secret agent Roy Miller, played by Cruise, who is on the run from the Secret Service.
In the film, Diaz plays an immoral, gold-digging Chicago -area middle school teacher at the fictional John Adams Middle School who curses at her students, drinks heavily, and smokes marijuana.
Again, it received mostly negative reviews from critics who felt that "in spite of a promising concept and a charmingly brazen performance from Diaz, Bad Teacher is never as funny as it should be. In the thriller about greed, death, the primal instincts of humans and their consequences, Diaz plays a pathological liar and a sociopath , an immigrant who is now living the high-life after escaping a sordid past as an exotic dancer.
While the film's reception was negative, her performance was praised as one of her best in recent years. She took on the role of Miss Colleen Hannigan, the cruel control freak of the foster home where the titular character resides.