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Halle Berry is an American actress, former fashion model and former beauty queen. One of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, she is also a Revlon spokeswoman.
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When Halle Berry started out as an actress, Hollywood was a very different place. Her career and her historic Oscar win for Best Actress have helped to change the landscape for African-American actresses.
Even though Halle Berry is one of Hollywood's leading ladies, that she has also set a new standard of beauty as the face of Revlon for over a decade.
Halle Berry survived two divorces, a controversial hit and run charge, and a Razzie award for "Catwoman" to become the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
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Later that year, Berry overcame Hollywood's racial barriers when she was cast as the first African-American to play the Queen of Sheeba in Showtime's movie Solomon & Sheeba.
Berry's acting credits the next year included two 1996 crime thrillers: The Rich Man's Wife, and Executive Decision. The latter film marked Berry's first leading role in a feature.
she took a turn as one of three wives laying claim to Frankie Lyman's estate in the biographical drama Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and then played a liberal urban youth in the political satire Bulworth, opposite Hollywood veteran Warren Beatty.
In 1999, Berry released her most passionate project to date, co-producing and starring in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, an HBO biopic. Berry was noted for her striking resemblance to the late Dandridge, and for her engaging depiction of the actress' struggle to succeed in the racially biased industry of 1950s Hollywood. Berry earned both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for her role.
In February of 2000, Berry faced controversy when the actress was involved in a hit-and-run accident that erupted into a tabloid scandal. After enduring a minor head injury, she claimed that she did not remember leaving the scene. As a result of her actions, she was placed on probation, given community service, and fined $13,500.
Undeterred by the challenges faced in her personal life, Berry continued to star in blockbuster hits, including X-Men (2000), the big-budget screen adaptation of the long-running Marvel Comic. In the highly anticipated summer release, Berry's character, Storm, teamed up with fellow mutant heroes played by Anna Paquin and Patrick Stewart.
In the summer of 2001, she co-starred with John Travolta in the action movie Swordfish. Audiences did not respond positively to the film, and publicity for the movie centered mostly around Berry's topless scene, for which the actress was allegedly paid a $500,000 bonus. But Berry also garnered the most positive critical notice of her film career that same year in the dark drama Monster's Ball. Berry played the wife of a death row prisoner (Sean "Puffy" Combs) who becomes romantically involved with a racist prison guard (Billy Bob Thornton).
The role earned Berry a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama and the Academy Award for Leading Actress. In her emotional acceptance speech, Berry acknowledged the honor of becoming the first African-American actress to win the Oscar for her lead role by thanking all the performers who came before her.
In 2002, Halle Berry joined the ranks of the legendary "Bond Girls" as the character Jinx in the hit James Bond spy adventure Die Another Day. The actress appeared in several more comic-book-inspired films over the next few years. First, she reprised her role as Storm in X2 (2003), the second installment of Marvel Comics' X-Men film franchise. She then starred in the film adaptation of DC Comics' Catwoman, in which she played the lead character and her feline alter-ego.
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