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Which Film Earned Cameron Diaz Her Biggest Paycheck? The Answer Might Surprise You!

We’re sure a lot of fans have been missing the 50-year old comedy actress Cameron Diaz on the silver screen after her retirement in March 2018. With more than two decades of Diaz entertaining us with her wittiness and charm, her absence has defintiely left a void in our hearts.

Cameron Diaz’s Childhood

Born on August 30, 1972, Diaz didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her family used to hoard soda cans and sell it to the junk shop to earn extra cash to support their everyday living. Despite belonging to a simple family, her parents raised her in a harmonious environment. Perhaps, that’s where she got her light and positive aura.

While she was studying in Long Beach Polytechnic High School, a modeling agency, Elite Model Management recruited her to pose for Levi’s and Calvin Klein, and she made it to the July 1990 cover of Seventeen Magazine. Elite also pursued Diaz to apply for the role of Tina Carlyle in the 1994’s comedy film The Mask, which was a game-changer for her.

Career Breakthrough

Cameron Diaz portrayed the role of Tina Carlyle in the film The Mask in 1994

The movie was a box office hit grossing $343.9 million and making it to the list of ten highest-grossing movies in 1994. She then appeared in several other movies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Any Given Sunday, and Being John Malkovich, earning two Golden Globe Award nominations.

An Instant Star!

Cameron Diaz starred in numerous films and received four Golden Globe Awards nominations in total

As successful as the ’90s were for her, that period would only mark the start of her super successful career. Numerous projects came to her at the beginning of the 2000s as well, including her casting in the Charlie’s Angels films.

She also received two more Golden Globe Award nominations for the films Vanilla Sky in 2001 and Gangs of New York in 2003. Diaz voiced over the role of Princess Fiona in the Shrek film series from 2001 until 2010 and showcased her drama skills in the films My Sister’s Keeper, In Her Shoes, The Holiday, and The Box.

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz brought home $42 million from the film Bad Teacher

With all these top-drawer films, Diaz couldn’t believe that her biggest paycheck would come from a completely random movie called Bad Teacher. The plot of the movie rotates on the character Elizabeth Halsey portrayed by Diaz, whose habits don’t seem to fit her occupation as a middle school teacher.

The critics weren’t really impressed by the movie, but the viewers seemed to love it. It grossed $216 million globally, and Diaz earned $42 million out of it surpassing her $20 million income from her Charlie’s Angels films. She graced us with her appearance in a couple of other films like What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Gambit, The Counselor, and Annie before closing her curtains in March 2018.

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