Halle Berry booking
Halle Berry is living proof that some models can act. Beauty queen, desired model and finally
successful actress, Berry was the first African American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her
part in ‘Monsters Ball’ – the story of a woman who has an affair with a racist ex-jailer who oversaw the
execution of her husband. Born to an African American father and a white mother on 14 August 1966,
Berry had difficulty as a child, fitting neither in the black community nor the white. She capitalised on
her looks on the catwalk as a young teenager, and later turned to professional modelling. The TV
series ‘Living Dolls’ (1989) was her first acting job and from there she moved on to ‘Knots Landing’
(1991). As a TV actress, Berry gained the reputation of living her roles – she would continue in
character for the entire duration of a shoot, regardless of whether the cameras were rolling or not. Her
method worked well for her first film, Spike Lee’s ‘Jungle Fever (1991), when she refused to bathe for
days before starting to act the role of a crack addict. The film announced the arrival of a formidable
actress who was immediately rewarded with two nods – the nominations for Chicago Film Critics
Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and for most promising actress. Flitting between comic
and hard-hitting roles, Berry established a healthy rapport with her audience and the critics, winning
her considerable acclaim in the late 1990s.
A number of roles in movies including ‘The Last Boy Scout’, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘Losing Isaiah’, ‘The Rich
Man’s Wife’ and ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ followed before she gained the attention of critics once
more in a television film directed by Martha Coolidge. 1999′s ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ earned
Berry a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and her
second NAACP Image Award. Less commended was her part opposite John Travolta in the terrible
thriller ‘Swordfish’. The film sold itself as the first to reveal Berry’s breasts, and did little to recommend
her as a serious actress. Director Marc Forster, undeterred by this blip, went on to cast Berry in
‘Monster’s Ball’, a role that brilliantly revealed an inner turmoil and brought the actress to the brink of
superstardom. Berry’s crowning glory came in 2001 when her part in the film not only catapulted her
into history books as the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress,
but won her several other accolades and nominations. These included the Screen Actors Guild,
BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for best actress. Such achievement deserved even more rewards
and 2002 delivered one when she became a Bond Girl in ‘Die Another Day’ alongside Pierce Brosnan.
However, her appearance in ‘Catwoman’ (2004) landed her a less than desired Razzie Award for
Worst Actress and, being “a good loser”, she actually turned up to receive it.
One of her most notable roles in recent years is the mutant Storm, who can manipulate the weather, in
the ‘X-Men’ film franchise. She first played this character in 2000′s ‘X-Men’, followed by ‘X2′ in 2003
and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ in 2006. She has also acted in the thriller ‘Gothika’ with Robert Downey
JR in 2003. Berry then voiced the character Cappy in the animated ‘Robots’ in 2005. This was followed
by ‘Perfect Stranger’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ in 2007. After this she took a three-year
sabbatical as she gave birth to her daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry on 16 March 2008. She took some
time out to focus on bringing up her child with Gabriel Aubry. Berry returned to film in 2010 with a role
in ‘Frankie & Alice’, which was followed by a role in ‘New Year’s Eve’ in 2011. This year, she has
appeared in ‘Dark Tide’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’ which also stars Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant.
She is currently filming ‘The Hive’, which will be released in 2013, along with ‘Shoe Addicts
Anonymous’, which also features Berry.
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