2001 | 'Shrek'

The animated film for kids and adults cast Diaz in the plum role of Princess Fiona, a damsel not quite in distress who runs away with Mike Myers' Shrek the ogre. Diaz fueled Fiona's strong will in the franchise, which broke from the traditional image of a perfect princess as in Disney fairy tale flicks. The film won the Oscar for animated feature, and its success and appeal to a variety of ages prompted three sequels and various spin-offs. Later incarnations of the franchise had Diaz doing voice-overs with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
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