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Charlize Theron Opens Up About The Death of Her Abusive Dad

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Actress Charlize Theron's mom killed her dad in self-defense when she was just 15 years old, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

The 44-year-old Bombshell star got transparent in her recent interview with NPR, where she discussed her new film, her own experience with sexual harassment, and the disturbing story behind her father's death in 1991. But who exactly was her dad and why was he killed? Here's what we know.

Who was Charlize Theron's father? She recently opened up about his death.

Her dad's name was Charles Theron. He was born to Elizabeth Johanna Theron Beets and Daniel Theron in South Africa in 1947, but not much else is known about his personal life. He got married to Gerda Maritz and the two had one daughter, Charlize, whom they raised on a farm in Benoni, South Africa. However, living with Charles proved to be beyond stressful.