Biographic by Steve McGarry for April 09, 2006
Halle Berry's work has ranged from the critically acclaimed to the critically panned. She is one of only three actresses, along with Faye Dunaway and Liza Minnelli, to win both the Academy Award for best actress and razz award for worst actress. She has also enjoyed tremendous box office success- the first two "X-Men" movies alone grossed over $700 million worldwide! Bon on August 14, 1966, Halle Maria Berry was named after the landmark Halle's department store in her native Cleveland Ohio, success in beauty pageants, including Miss USA and Miss World, led to her finding work as a model, which brought her to the attention of casting directors. In 1989, she landed a regular role on the short-lived tv series "Living Dolls" a spin-off from the sitcom "Who's The Boss?" Her breakthrough role came two years later in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" subsequent roles displayed her versatility. Ranging from the light romance of "Boomerang" and the slapstick humor of "The Flintstones" to the drama of "Losing Isaiah" She received widespread acclaim for her portrayal of a slave in the tv miniseries "Queen" and the 1999 tv movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" earned her a golden globe and an Emmy award. In 2002, her performance in the harrowing "Monster's Ball" saw her become the first African-American woman to with the best Actress Academy Award. Box-office success came with the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" and the "X-Men" series of movies. In contrast, her starring role in the 2004 flop "Catwoman" earned her the razzie for worst actress, an award she good-humoredly accepted in person... while clutching her Oscar statuette!