SPLICEDwire found Diaz to be "in a tough spot as Mary [but] strikes an amazingly nimble balance between her character's endearing preciousness and the movie's twisted humor", and Austin Chronicle remarked: "As the Mary at the center of it all, Diaz certainly exudes that irresistible “something” expressed in the title.
In films such as My Best Friend's Wedding and A Life Less Ordinary, Diaz has shown herself to be a good comic sport who is game for just about anything.
Later in 2002, she starred in Martin Scorsese's epic period drama Gangs of New York, set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City; she took on the role of a pickpocket-grifter and the love interest of Leonardo Di Caprio's character.
Locked in a dragon-guarded castle for several years, she is "rescued" by the title character, whom she later comes to love.A success with critics, the film also made US4.4 million at the worldwide box office.San Francisco Chronicle similarly stated of the film, "most impressive is Cameron Diaz, whose fatal-attraction stalker is both heartbreaking and terrifying." for which she earned million.In the film, her role is plagued by a curse that transforms her into an ogress each and every sunset.and Roger Ebert felt that the actress, "one of the best-looking women in movies, [...] here looks so dowdy we hardly recognize her [...] Diaz has fun with her talent by taking it incognito to strange places and making it work for a living".
For her role, Diaz earned Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Awards.
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is a retired American actress, producer, author, and fashion model.
She rose to stardom with roles in The Mask (1994), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), and There's Something About Mary (1998), and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series (2001–2010).
Other high-profile films include Charlie's Angels (2000) and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), The Sweetest Thing (2002), In Her Shoes (2005), The Holiday (2006), What Happens in Vegas (2008), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Knight and Day (2010), The Green Hornet (2011), Bad Teacher (2011), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Counselor (2013), The Other Woman, Sex Tape, and Annie (all 2014).
Diaz received four Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in Being John Malkovich (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), and There's Something About Mary (1998); for the latter, she also won the New York Film Critics Best Lead Actress Award. domestic box office grosses of Diaz's films total over billion USD, with worldwide grosses surpassing billion, making her the third highest-grossing U. domestic box office actress (after Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson). She began her career as a fashion model at the age of 16 and did contract work with a modeling agency, Elite Model Management.
In 2002, Diaz headlined the romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing, playing a single woman educating herself on wooing the opposite sex when she finally meets the man of her dreams.