1994 | 'The Mask '

At age 21, Cameron Diaz landed her breakout role playing Tina Carlyle, a lounge singer attracted to Jim Carrey's zany Stanley Ipkiss, who dons a mysterious mask and a newfound persona with it. The Los Angeles native had been working as an Elite model but had no professional acting experience except for what she did in her high school drama class... but it paid off. "Though the movie presents Tina as little more than the scantily clad physical embodiment of Roger Rabbit's wife Jessica, model Diaz, in her first screen role, has enough presence to help us see past the tinsel," Times film critic Kenneth Turan wrote at the time.
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