Halle Berry

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Birthday: August 14, 1968
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio (USA)

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Halle Berry gave up a successful modeling career for acting in the late 1980s. After high school, she entered the Miss Teen Ohio Pageant and won first place at the Miss Teen All-American Pageant. A go-getter since she was a young girl, Halle tried again as Miss Ohio in the Miss USA Pageant competition but came in second place. After finishing in the top five at Miss World, she started a modeling career, working in the Chicago area and later in New York City. By 1989, she had started the move into show business when she was hired and cast as a young teenage model in the comedy "Living Dolls” (1989). Guest appearances in other shows followed before Halle was hired by Spike Lee for the role of a crack addict in "Jungle Fever" (1991) with Wesley Snipes.

Giving an outstanding performance in the film, Halle Berry showed she was far more than just a pretty face. She was cast as a killer in "Strictly Business" (1991) with Samuel L. Jackson, and then as Damon Wayans' stripper girlfriend in "The Last Boy Scout" (1991) with Bruce Willis, before playing a woman who fall in love with Eddie Murphy in "Boomerang" (1992) and a determined woman in the lead role of "Queen,” a television miniseries based on the book. Berry then accepted the role of a sexy secretary in "The Flintstones" (1994) with Rosie O'Donnell, getting the part after Sharon Stone turned it down.  

The actress looked stunning but seemed miscast in the lead of the television miniseries "The Wedding" (1998), set in the upper middle class black area of Martha's Vineyard in the 1960's. She was then cast as a smart woman raised by activists who gives an older politician a new look on life in "Bulworth", and as the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon, in the movie "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (1998). 

The following year, Halle Berry impressed science fiction fans by playing a gorgeous mutant in Bryan Singer's film version of the Marvel comic "X-Men.” Her success was drowned out a bit when she was involved in a car accident and left the scene to go to the hospital for treatment, leading to stories in the tabloid media. The actress pleaded no contest and settled a civil lawsuit out of court.

In 2001, Halle was cast in the thriller "Swordfish” with John Travolta where she appeared topless and nude for the first time in her career. The scene did little for the film's plot, but it made news with rumors that she got a $600,000 bonus to do the nude scene. Halle then appeared as a burdened waitress dealing with a husband on death row, and an overweight child in "Monster's Ball" with Heath Ledger. Berry won great reviews for her role, which included a three-minute naked love scene with co-star Billy Bob Thornton. Her work made headline news, won various prizes from groups like the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild. That year she made history by becoming the first black woman ever to earn a Best Actress Academy Award.

Halle Berry then accepted the role of Jinx in the James Bond film "Die Another Day" (2002) opposite Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007. As the first Oscar winning James Bond girl, she was applauded for her role from the moment she began filming to the day the movie was released. She even paid admiration to the series' early days by appearing in a tangerine bikini suggestive of Ursula Andress' in "Dr. No." And while her performance was not necessarily Oscar material, she did show a strong chemistry with Pierce Brosnan as his equal in both espionage and in bed, and a flair that moved MGM to make plans to launch a spin-off film starring her character. 

After finishing that movie, Halle moved to "X2" (2003), the sequel to "X-Men" in which she replayed her role as Storm, a part which was enhanced to suit her award-winning status. Rumors of tension between her and the director flew and she did not participate in the marketing efforts for the blockbuster, putting her role in future sequels in question. Later that year Berry starred in the horror thriller "Gothika" (2003) with Robert Downey Jr., playing Miranda Gray, a doctor in a mental institute who becomes locked up in her own hospital after becoming possessed and killing her husband. 

After weathering yet another high profile public divorce, this time her husband Eric Benet, with the divorce blamed on his sex addiction and infidelity, the actress took on the role of Batman's popular comic book enemy and lover "Catwoman" (2004) with Benjamin Bratt and Sharon Stone, in a film that differed from the original character and cast her as Patience Phillips, a shy woman whose death gives her cat like powers from a mystical feline so that she may avenge herself. 

Halle Berry next appeared in the Oprah Winfrey produced ABC show "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2005), an adaptation of the popular novel in which she played Janie Crawford, a free spirited woman whose customs upset her 1920s social group in her small community. Meanwhile, she lent her voice to Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings appearing in the animated feature “Robots” (2005). Berry next played Storm again for the third sequel of the series, “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). This time, the mutants face an unusual choice after a cure for mutations is found: retain their uniqueness and remain isolated from society or give up their strange powers and become human. Halle next starred in the crime thriller “Perfect Stranger” (2007) with Bruce Willis, playing an investigative reporter who poses as a temp worker at an advertising agency in order to solve the murder of a friend connected to a powerful ad executive.

Halle Berry wrapped the year with "Things We Lost in the Fire" (2007) with David Duchovny, about a recent widow who invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. Next was the crime drama "Tulia" (2008) with Billy Bob Thornton, set in Tulia, Texas, where she played an attorney who works on behalf of a group of local black men who are wrongly convicted of their involvement in a drug ring. She then appeared in "Frankie and Alice" (2008), a drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality. 

The actress was then cast in the crime adventure "Who Is Doris Payne?" (2008), a story based on the life of 75 year old international jewel thief, Doris Payne, whose career spanned over five decades. Then it was back to comedy with "Class Act" (2008) about A Nevada school teacher who enlists the help of her sixth-grade students in her congressional campaign and based on the true story of Tierney Cahill.

Berry wrapped the year with the comedy "Nappily Ever After" (2009), about Venus Johnson, who tires of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose and breaks up with him. But old feelings, and heaps of jealousy, no doubt, arise when he promptly begins dating another woman.


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