On August 30, Cameron Diaz turns 50, becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars of international fame. At the age of 21, the actress made one of the best debuts of the decade in the blockbuster The Mask (1994), starring alongside Jim Carrey. He immediately demonstrated all his talents, singing and dancing, beyond comedy. In the 1990s, Diaz really exploded, collecting hits like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Who’s Going to Keep Mary?
He took over some of the most profitable and beloved franchises of the time, such as Charlie’s Angels and Shrek (where he voiced Princess Fiona). Furthermore, he gained prestige by working with great directors such as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Spike Jonze, Terry Gilliam, and Danny Boyle. The young star, however, announced an early retirement twenty years after arriving in Hollywood with both feet in the door. His recent films’ poor reviews (especially the three he released in 2014 – the last year he would star in a film so far) contributed to his departure. Cameron Diaz’s early career in erotic art, in which he appeared nude on video, coincided with the release of one of his latest films, ironically titled Sex Tape, which may have contributed to this eight-year hiatus.
Cameron Diaz fans, on the other hand, have a reason to celebrate. A new movie will be released very soon by the star. Back in Action (officially “Back in Action”) is an action comedy written and directed by Seth Gordon, the man behind this year’s smash hit Lost City (with Sandra Bullock), in which Diaz and Jamie Foxx will once more co-star. While the actress isn’t currently terrorizing audiences on the big screen, we commemorate her and celebrate her birthday by listing some of her best and (as usual) least successful movies. Check.
Ps. As always with this column, we have surveyed critics and the general public to take the average of the most popular and the worst; in other words, the list does not only represent our opinion, but also that of the public.