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Charlize Theron's Name Given to One of Three Girls in South Africa

May 6, 2011, 5:02 am GMT

'There's a baby-naming boom in my native South Africa. Parents giving their infants my name,' shares the Oscar-winning actress about how her fame impacted her home town.

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Actress Charlize Theron has given pregnant mums in her native South Africa some inspiration - the star's name is one of the most popular there. The "Monster" star's mega success has had such a profound impact on her home town, many families have decided to pay tribute to the actress by naming their daughter Charlize.

She tells the New York Post, "There's a baby-naming boom in my native South Africa. Parents giving their infants my name. I grew up on a farm outside Benoni, where large numbers of local girls - one out of every three - are now called Charlize."

Charlize won the Best Actress title from the Academy Award in 2003 for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in "Monster". Two years later, she got another nomination for her role in "North Country", but lost to Reese Witherspoon. She will next take on the part of evil queen in "Snow White and the Huntsman".

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