Originally named Maria Halle Berry, her parents changed her name to Halle Maria Berry when she five years old.
As of 2013, Halle remains the only African-American actress to have been awarded an Oscar for a leading role, which she won for her role in the film Monster’s Ball in 2002.
Prior to her career as an actress, she entered a number of beauty pageants, emerging as the 1st runner-up in the well-known Miss USA Pageant in 1986.
In 1992, she made her breakthrough appearance on film in the film Boomerang. This led to her landing parts in the 1994 film The Flintstones and the 1998 film Bulworth.
Among her most noteworthy appearances was her role as Bond Girl Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson in the Hollywood blockbuster Die Another Day in 2002.
Halle also played the role of Storm in the hit X-Men superhero films.
Halle appeared in the 2004 superhero film Catwoman, for which she received a ‘worst actress’ Razzie award in 2005. Demonstrating her excellent sense of humor, Halle became only the second actor/actress to have ever appeared at the Razzie awards ceremony to accept the award in person.
She also received the Best Actress award from the African-American Film Critics Association for her role in the 2010 film Frankie and Alice.
In 2012, Halle played a lead role in the film Cloud Atlas, a film which polarized critics, appearing simultaneously on various Worst Film and Best Film lists.
She has also dabbled in producing films and television shows, and worked as the executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in1999 and Lackawanna Blues in 2005.
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