Birthplace: San Diego, California
Striking blonde actress who has parlayed a successful modeling career into big-screen success. After making the blockbuster film The Mask (1994) opposite Jim Carrey, Diaz turned down more commercial work in favor of independent films such as Head Above Water (1996) and She's the One (1996). She returned to major studio work as Julia Roberts's rival in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). She starred in 1998's surprise hit, There's Something about Mary. Diaz joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000) and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). She did the voice of Fiona in the animated Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) and is slated to continue the role in Shrek 3 (2007). She played Leonardo DiCaprio's romantic interest in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002).