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Before she leaves, Charlize sits down for a candid conversation with the students to talk about her experience growing up on a farm in South Africa. She also shares the story of her own father's death. "He was a good man, but he wasn't the best father," she says. "Through his mistakes, I realize what I did not want to be."

"I don't want you to think because of where you come from and because you're from a rural community and a small town that you can't have what other kids have," she says. "I don't want you to ever think that. I am telling you that because that's what happened to me."

One student tells Charlize her story has inspired her. "Most of us are afraid to dream just because we are afraid our dreams won't come true," she says. "Listening to you speaking, you have inspired me so much. You have awakened my dream of becoming a business woman. And I know that someday I'm going to achieve this because you grew up on a farm—and now you go and pursued your career, and that is wonderful."
FROM: Oscar Winner Charlize Theron Gives Big!
Published on March 14, 2008


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