From Keanu Reeves to Sean Penn: A look at Charlize Theron's love life as actress turns 47!

Theron has been linked to several famous names, including A-listers Brad Pitt and George Clooney

From Keanu Reeves to Sean Penn: A look at Charlize Theron's love life as actress turns 47!
Charlize Theron (C) was spotted kissing Keanu Reeves (L) in 2010 and she dated Sean Penn in 2014 (Rich Fury/Getty Images for CTAOP, Robin L Marshall/Getty Images and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Charlize Theron turned 47 recently! From winning a one-year modeling contract at a local competition to honing the Academy Award-winning South African-American actress, Theron’s journey is, indeed, an inspiring one. But more than that it was her high-profile relationships with famous men that caught the attention of the world. As she celebrates her birthday on August 7, let’s take a peek at her dating history.

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Born in 1975, Theron was just 16 years old when she traveled to Milan, Italy, for a one-year modeling contract and then went to New York with Pauline's Model Management. She decided to stay back after her contract ended, attending the Joffrey Ballet School, where she trained as a ballet dancer. However, at 19, a knee injury didn't let her pursue this as a career path. This affected her and she slipped into depression, according to EaFeed. In 1994, she decided to go to Hollywood and came across talent scout John Crosby, who introduced her to an acting school, as per TVOM. In 1995, Theron starred in the film 'Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest', where she played the non-speaking role of Eli’s follower, played by Daniel Cerny. Her big break happened with the 1997 film 'The Devil’s Advocate'. In 2003, she starred in 'Monster', a biographical film on Aileen Wuornos, a sex worker who was executed for killing seven of her male clients, for which she received the Academy Award.

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Charlize Theron attends the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project 2022 Summer Block Party at Universal Studios Backlot on June 11, 2022 in Universal City, California.
Charlize Theron attends the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project 2022 Summer Block Party at Universal Studios Backlot on June 11, 2022, in Universal City, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Theron's relationship timeline

Over the years, Theron has been linked to several famous names, including A-listers Brad Pitt and George Clooney, with whom she has been rumored to have gone out. In 2020, she told Drew Barrymore, "I'm in a place in my life where you gotta come with a lot of game. Cause I just won't accept anything less."

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1995: Theron started dating actor Craig Bierko. She was 19, while Bierko was 30. At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 1998, Theron was pictured with Geena Davis, Bierko's co-star from 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'. After which, her relationship with Bierko ended, according to Nicki Swift.

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1999: She dated 'Third Eye Blind' singer Stephan Jenkins for three years before breaking up in October 2001.

Actress Charlize Theron and boyfriend actor Stuart Townsend arrive at the AFI FEST 2009 screening of
Actress Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend arrive at the AFI FEST 2009 screening of 'The Road' at the Chinese Theater on November 4, 2009, in Los Angeles, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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2002: She met actor Stuart Townsend in 'Trapped'. Townsend described meeting Theron during a 2004 interview with Irish America, as per Yahoo!. He said, "We sat beside each other and I honestly really didn't take that much notice, maybe because we were working. All I remember is Charlize had a dog with her and I remember thinking, 'Oh, there's the mad lady with the dog!'" They dated for nine years.

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2010: Theron was spotted kissing Keanu Reeves. Though they never came out officially, it is rumored that they dated for a short period.

2014: Sean Penn accompanied her to the premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' and Us Weekly reported that they were secretly engaged after dating for a year. And they split after a year.

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Actors Sean Penn (L) and Charlize Theron attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Actors Sean Penn (L) and Charlize Theron attend the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2015, in Hollywood, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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