Known for her stunning looks and amazing talent for acting, one would assume that Charlize Theron grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth. However, this was not the case. She grew up in South Africa and saw the abuse of her mother at the hands of her alcoholic father. Then, at age 15 Charlize saw her mom tragically shoot her dad; since it was in self-defense her mom did not face charges. At 19 the teenager flew to LA to start her acting career and eventually became a successful actress.