Place of Birth: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Date of Birth: August 7, 1975
Ethnicity: Afrikaner (Dutch, with some German and French Huguenot)
Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, model, and producer. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for playing Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster (2003).
Charlize is the daughter of Gerda Jacoba Aletta (Kruger) and Daniel Jacobus Theron. Daniel Theron, a Boer War military leader, was her great-great-uncle. Charlize became a U.S. citizen in 2007.
Charlize is from an Afrikaner family. Her father was of Dutch descent, along with some French Huguenot roots. Her mother has German, and likely Dutch, ancestry.
Charlize is able to speak Afrikaans, Xhosa (a native African language), as well as English. Her surname, “Theron”, is an Occitan name which is pronounced “Tronn”. Occitan is a language spoken in Occitania, located in the Occitan Valleys of Italy, Southern France, Monaco, and the Aran Valley of Spain.
Charlize’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Jacques Therond, who was born, c. 1668, in Nîmes, Languedoc, France, and immigrated to South Africa in 1688.
Charlize’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Theron (the son of Charles Jacobus Theron and Wilhelmina Maria Stofberg). Charles was born in Tulbagh, the son of Willem Wouter Theron and Anna Helena Margaretha Krige. Wilhelmina was born in Calvinia.
Charlize’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Johanna Theron Beets (the daughter of Hendrik Lucas Beets and Johanna Christina Jones).
Charlize’s maternal grandparents were Jacob Johannes Maritz (the son of Phillipus Rudolf Maritz and Gerda Jacoba Aletta Kruger) and Johanna Maria Barindina Stofberg.
Sources: Genealogy of Charlize Theron (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Charlie’s “Theron” line – http://www.wikitree.com