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Models turned actors

Published On: Apr 10 2013 12:35:31 PM PDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2014 11:00:00 PM PDT

Brooklyn Decker, who celebrates her 27th birthday on Saturday, is just one of the latest in a long line of models who have taken on acting. Join us for a look at her and other models who act.

Models who act - Charlize Theron
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Charlize Theron wanted to be a dancer, but won a one-year modeling contract at the age of 16. After spending a year traveling Europe as a model, she moved to the U.S. to study at the Joffrey Ballet School until a knee injury redirected her to Hollywood. She quickly rose to fame in the late 1990s with roles in the box office successes "The Devil's Advocate," "Mighty Joe Young" and "The Cider House Rules" before winning an Oscar for 2003's "Monster."

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