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Actress Charlize Theron

Discovered Actress Charlize Theron
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  1. Pamela Anderson
    In 1989, Pamela Anderson was working as a fitness instructor in Vancouver. That summer she went to a British Columbia Lions game, where she was shown on the big screen wearing a Labatt's t-shirt...


  2. David Boreanaz
    David Boreanaz was walking his dog in L.A. when a talent manager spotted him and realized he’d be perfect for the role of Angel in a show called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer"...


  3. Rosario Dawson
    Young Rosario Dawson was sitting on the stoop of the apartment building she was squatting in when a young photographer and a screenwriter approached her about starring in their new project...


  4. Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp tagged along on an audition for a horror movie called "Nightmare on Elm Street." To his surprise, Director Wes Craven spotted Depp in the background and asked him to read for the part of the protagonist’s boyfriend...


  5. Ava Gardner
    Actress Ava Gardner was discovered when a photo of her was spotted in the window of her brother-in-law's Fifth Avenue photography studio by an MGM talent scout...


  6. Sarah Michelle Gellar
    A 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar apparently had so much talent spilling out of her that she managed to eclipse all other contestants at a talent show in which she wasn’t even competing. Gellar was spotted by an agent and, two weeks later, was auditioning for her first TV movie...


  7. Daphne Groeneveld
    Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld was a 16-year-old in Amsterdam when the woman who would become her first agent (seemingly) randomly approached her and asked if Groeneveld had ever considered modeling...


  8. Stephen King
    Stephen King had three unpublished novels to his name and was writing a short story in a trailer on his wife's portable typewriter (on which a decade later he would also write Misery) that belonged to his wife Tabitha. King tossed the first three pages of the story in the garbage, but Tabitha discovered those pages and encouraged him to finish the story and even expand it into a novel titled Carrie...


  9. Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen
    Actress Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen was discovered at a restaurant in Sweden at the age of 13 by Eileen Ford.


  10. Ashton Kutcher
    Univeristy of Iowa student Ashton Kutcher was approached by a model scout at a bar called "The Airliner" in Iowa City and was recruited to enter the "Fresh Faces of Iowa" modeling competition...


  11. Jennifer Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence was discovered at the age of 14 while on vacation in New York. She was strolling through Union Square with her mother when she was approached by a talent scout who liked her look and wanted to take her picture...


  12. Janet Leigh
    A lady named Norma Shearer was visiting a ski resort owned by Janet Leigh's parents when she happened to notice a photograph of their daughter. Struck by Leigh's looks, Shearer (whose late husband was an executive at MGM) took the photo to an agent, who shared her opinion...


  13. Evangeline Lilly
    One day, while walking around Kelowna, British Columbia, Air Canada flight attendant Evangeline Lilly was approached by a Ford Models agent. She initially declined the offer to model, but then learned how much money could make. A few small acting gigs later, Lilly found herself "Lost"...


  14. Marilyn Monroe
    One day, a photographer for Yank Magazine snapped a picture of munitions factory worker Norma Jeane Mortenson. He came back and told her that she was stunning and had the potential to go places. Norma Jeane took acting classes, dyed her hair blonde, and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe...


  15. Ellen Pompeo
    Ellen Pompeo was tending bar at the SoHo Bar & Grill in New York when a casting director spotted her and thought she’d be a good fit for a L’Oreal ad campaign. A few small TV and film roles later, and Pompeo landed her "Grey’s Anatomy" gig...


  16. Paulina Porizkova
    An aspiring photographer took pictures of 15-year-old Paulina Porizkova and sent them to the Elite modeling agency, hoping they would notice her photography skills. Instead, the head of Elite noticed Porizkova's physical beauty and offered her a ticket to Paris...


  17. Natalie Portman
    A talent scout spotted 11-year-old Natalie Portman eating pizza in a Long Island restaurant...


  18. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers was permanently expelled from school at the age of 16, and began spending time at the Victoria Sporting Club in Cork, Ireland. Then into that pool hall walked a couple of casting agents...


  19. Asher Roth
    College Sophomore and rapper Asher Roth posted some of his verses on his MySpace page and sent a friend request to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter. One week after speaking to Braun, Roth flew down to Atlanta and was immediately signed by his future manager...


  20. Nicholas Sparks
    One of unknown author Nicholas Sparks' query letters for The Notebook ended up in the hands of unknown agent Theresa Park after being passed on and passed along to Park by the former assistant of the intended recipient, who had just died...


  21. Channing Tatum
    Alabama native Channing Tatum was discovered on the streets of Miami by a talent agent, who soon booked him modeling contracts followed by acting gigs...


  22. Charlize Theron
    Actress
    Charlize Theron was discovered by her talent manager when she threw a "tantrum" over a teller's refusal to cash an out-of-state check...


  23. Danny Trejo
    In 1985, drug-counselor-in-recovery Danny Trejo visited the set of the Jon Voight movie "Runaway Train" at the request of a fellow recovering addict who was working on the film and on the verge of relapse. While there, a crew member noticed Trejo's weathered and tattooed face, and asked him to appear in the film as a prison inmate...


  24. Lana Turner
    Fifteen-year-old Lana Turner skipped typing class at Hollywood High School one day to hit the Top Hat Cafe, where she was discovered by the publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, who connected her with actor and agent Zeppo Marx...

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