Halle Berry turned to acting after a series of beauty pageant wins and a modeling contract.
Early TV work led to an alternating mix of gritty and glamorous film roles including a crack addict in “Jungle Fever,” a career gal in “Boomerang” and a former drug addict and mother in “Losing Isaiah.”
The biracial Berry (her father is African American, her mother Caucasian) came into her own in the late 1990s when she costarred opposite Warren Beatty in the political satire “Bulworth” and then played the title role in the HBO telefilm “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” for which she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award.
Ironically, Dandridge was the first African American to be nominated for a lead actress Oscar and Berry would become the first to actually win the statuette — among many other acting honors — for her intrepid performance in 2001’s “Monster’s Ball.”
Berry has shown off her much-feted beauty playing such larger-than-life characters as Bond girl Giacinta Johnson in the 007 adventure “Die Another Day,” Storm in the “X-Men” film series and the title role in the Razzie-winning “Catwoman.”
In 2008, she was named Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.” Berry has also served as the face of Revlon and Versace.
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