Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966
) is an American
actress and former fashion model.
Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
and won an Academy Award for Best Actress
and was nominated for a BAFTA Award
in 2001 for her performance in
Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2012, only woman of African American descent
to have won the award for Best Actress.
She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood
and has been involved
in the production side of several of the films in which she performed.
Berry is also a Revlon
Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests,
finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant
and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant
She made her film debut in 1991 with a brief appearance in Jungle Fever
Her breakthrough was in 1992's Boomerang, which led to roles in films such as
(1994) and Bulworth
In addition to her Academy Award win, the 21st century brought a new level of prominence to Berry,
with roles in films such as
Die Another Day
(2002), where she played Bond Girl
She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005
and accepted the award in person, one of the few performers to do so.
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