Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle
Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress and former
fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002
for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and,
as of 2013, the only woman of African-American descent to win an
Oscar for a leading role. 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 spokesmodel. 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 in 1986. Her breakthrough film role was in 1992's
Boomerang, which led to roles in films such as The Flintstones
(1994) and Bulworth (1998). In addition to her Academy Award
win, Berry reached a higher level of prominence in the new
millennium with roles such as Storm in the X-Men film series
(2000–present), Swordfish (2001), and Die Another Day (2002),
where she played Bond Girl Jinx, later finding success in the
2010s with movies such as Cloud Atlas (2012) and The Call
(2013). She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst
Actress in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person,
one of few people to do so.
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