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One of the most successful comedy actors of the ’90s and beyond, Cameron Diaz was once Hollywood’s go-to funny girl. From The Mask and The Holiday to Being John Malkovich and There’s Something About Mary, the star was everywhere for a while. Then in 2014 she took a step back from acting, officially retiring in 2018. But there’s a particular reason behind her decision to turn her back on acting. And she finally revealed it in a recent interview.

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Before 2014 Diaz enjoyed a successful career, surviving a few bumps along the way. She’d been publicly adored for the most part, earning acclaim and tons of box office. That year, however, saw a string of flops that may well have influenced her decision. Starting with The Other Woman, the revenge comedy saw her playing a vengeful woman taking on her cheating boyfriend. Critics mauled it, but it opened at the top of the American box office.

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