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South African Icon Charlize Theron supports UNAIDS new fast track report

South African Icon Charlize Theron supports UNAIDS new fast track report

In case you missed it, South African American superstar actress Charlize Theron recently congratulated the new UNAIDS fast track report, saying that it will ensure no one is left behind in HIV programs. She said this when she launched the report alongside UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe in November 2014 at UCLA in Westwood, Calif. (continues below... )

The report, Fast track; Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030, outlines initiatives to eliminate HIV/AIDS by the year 2030. Charlize Theron is the founder of HIV awareness and aid organization Charlize Africa outreach foundation that supports similar programs across Africa. She is also United Nations ambassador of peace.

Speaking during the launch, 39 year old Charlize Theron said she believes that when young people have access to quality HIV health and education options, they will make smart choices for their future. She added that she will support initiatives outlined in the report to make sure adolescents everywhere are empowered to be part of the solution to ending this epidemic.

The Oscar winning actress has largely been part of HIV/AIDS initiatives in her country South Africa and supported similar initiatives across Africa.

Known world wide for her onscreen talent, Charlize Theron was born in Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker". She soon traveled to Europe and United States of America, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.

Her mother bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in 1994 and Charlize started visiting all of the agents on Hollywood Boulevard .

Charlize Theron's first role was as a young mother in a park in a B-film in 1995, but it was a non-speaking role with three seconds of screen time. Her next role was as "Helga" in 2 Days in the Valley (1996), which landed her the role of "Tina" in That Thing You Do! (1996). Since then, she has starred in top-notch movie hits like Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Italian Job, Hancock, prometheus, among others. An important day in her life was February 29th, 2004 when she was awarded with her first Academy Award for her performance in Monster (2003 movie).

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