Born in Cleveland, Ohio on August
14, 1968, Halle
Berry's introduction to show business was as a winner of the Miss
Teen All-American Pageant, and later went on to compete in the MIss USA and MIss World pageant in 1986 which led to a career in modeling.
TV acting career soon followed including appearances in Living
Dolls, and Knots Landing before her debut film role
in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever in 1991.
appeared in a series of films to mixed reviews including Boomerang
opposite Eddie Murphy, and Losing Isaiah with Jessica Lange.
Her role as
Storm in the X-Men movie franchise, however, ultimately put Berry on the
map - which was soon followed by an appearance opposite John Travolta
in Swordfish, a major disaster.
Then came Berry's most critically acclaimed work to date, as she appeared in Monster's Ball opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Sean Combs, for which she was honored as the first African-American woman ever to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
Berry's up-and-down film career includes a first-ever Oscar win for an African-American woman for her starring role
in Monster's Ball; as "Storm" in the popular X-Men movie franchise; and a Razzie win for Worst Actress for Catwoman.
Berry's other notable performances have since included a sexy star turn in the James Bond film, Die Another Day as well as a reprise of her role
in the encore box office hit, X2-
panned appearance in Catwomanresulted in a Worst Actress award at the the 2005 Razzie
Awards as she followed that performance with a critically acclaimed starring
role on the small screen in ABC Television's Their
Eyes Were Watching God.
her role as Storm in X-Men 3 (opposite Hugh
Jackman as Wolverine) in 2006 and the next year appeared
in the thriller "Perfect Stranger," opposite Bruce Willis
playing a news reporter caught up in a murder investigation.
Berry's most recent onscreen appearances have included lead roles in Frankie and Alice ( 2010), Cloud Atlas (2012), and The Call (2013).
the 41-year-old Berry was reportedly "beyond excited"
her first baby with boyfriend, male supermodel Gabriel
Aubry in 2007. The actress later gave birth to a baby girl, her first child, born in Los Angeles on March 16, 2008. Berry gave birth to her second child with husband and actor Olivier Martinez, in the fall of 2013.
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