Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Halle Berry

• 2001: Halle Berry, Monster's Ball

Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an actress, producer, and a former fashion model and beauty pageant contestant. Berry has received various awards including an Emmy, Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Berry’s Academy Award has made her the only woman of African-American descent to win the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Before becoming an actress, Berry was the 1986 runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. In 1989, Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls, but her breakthrough role was in Spike Lee's 1991 film Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Berry has appeared in many diverse films including Boomerang, The Flintstones, Losing Isaiah, Race the Sun, Bulworth, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, X-Men, and Swordfish. In the 1999 HBO film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Berry portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in a Leading Role. Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove in the film Monster's Ball. Her performance earned her the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild awards, and earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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