Halle Berry Career and Filmography

Acting career
1989–2002
In the late 1980s, Berry went to Illinois to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. In 1989, Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls (a spin-off of Who's the Boss?), during the taping of which she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with diabetes. She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing. In 1992, Berry was cast as the love interest in the video for R. Kelly's seminal single, "Honey Love".

Berry visiting with sailors and Marines during the opening day of Fleet Week New York 2006
Her breakthrough feature film role was in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Her first co-starring role was in the 1991 film Strictly Business. In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. That same year, she caught the public's attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie as "Sharon Stone", the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.

Playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), Berry tackled a more serious role, starring opposite Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.

In 1997, Halle starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the comedy film, B*A*P*S. Although panned by critics, it showed Halle's acting versatility.In 1998, Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician (Warren Beatty) a new lease on life. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first nude scene. At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially. The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee. Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them. After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband, Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks.

In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster's Ball. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild best-actress prizes; in an interesting coincidence she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actress (earlier in her career she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American to be nominated for Best Actress). The NAACP issued the statement: "Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing." Her role also generated controversy. Berry's graphic nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African-Americans. Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part. Berry responded: "I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again."

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award, and Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firm's chief, congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company. She replied, "Of course, you'll have to pay me more." Perelman stalked off in a rage. Her win at the Academy Awards led to two famous "Oscar moments." In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. She said, "This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened." One year later, as she presented the Best Actor award, winner Adrien Brody ran on stage and, instead of giving her the standard peck on the cheek, planted a long kiss on Berry.

2002 – present
As Bond girl Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, Berry recreated a scene from Dr. No, emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier. Lindy Hemming, costume designer on "Die Another Day", had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as an homage. Berry has said of the scene: "It's splashy", "exciting", "sexy", "provocative" and "it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar." The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz; the location was reportedly cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill. According to a ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time. Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation.

After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2.

In November 2003, she starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey Jr., during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Production was halted for eight weeks. It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad. Berry appeared in the Limp Bizkit music video for "Behind Blue Eyes" for the motion picture soundtrack for the film. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll. In 2004, Berry was voted fourth of Empire magazine's 100 sexiest film stars of all time poll.

Berry received $12.5 million for the title role in the film Catwoman, a $100 million movie; it grossed $17 million on its first weekend. She was awarded a "worst actress" Razzie award in 2005 for this role. She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (making her the third person, and second actor, to ever do so) with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the "rock bottom" in order to be "at the top". Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, "I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner." The Fund for Animals praised Berry's compassion towards cats and for squelching rumors that she was keeping a Bengal tiger from the sets of Catwoman as a "pet."

Berry next appeared in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, in which Berry portrayed Janie Crawford, a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. She was nominated for an Emmy for this TV film. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots (2005).

In 2006, Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford, Jane Seymour, Dick Van Dyke, Tea Leoni, and Daryl Hannah successfully fought the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility that was proposed off the coast of Malibu. Berry said, "I care about the air we breathe, I care about the marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean." In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility. Hasty Pudding Theatricals gave her its 2006 Woman of The Year award.

Berry is involved in production of films and television. She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999, and Lackawanna Blues in 2005. Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis and in Things We Lost in the Fire with Benicio del Toro. Berry then starred in the film Frankie and Alice, in which she plays Frankie Murdoch, a young multiracial American women with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. She was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and also was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.

Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $10 million per film. In July 2007, she topped In Touch magazine's list of the world's most fabulous 40-something celebrities. On April 3, 2007, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry. Till now, Halle Berry's worldwide box office gross has been more than 2.7 billion US$. She has recently finished filming for a role in New Year's Eve and is playing one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas which is expected to be released in October 2012. Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and also as the face of Versace. The Coty Inc. fragrance company signed Berry to market her debut fragrance in March 2008. Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.

Filmography
TitleYearRoleNotes
Living Dolls1989Emily FranklinTV (canceled after 13 episodes)
Amen1991ClaireTV series, episode: "Unforgettable"
A Different World1991JaclynTV series, episode: "Love, Hillman-Style"
They Came from Outer Space1991ReneTV series, episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
Knots Landing1991Debbie PorterTV (cast member in 1991)
Jungle Fever1991VivianNominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Strictly Business1991Natalie
The Last Boy Scout1991Cory
Boomerang1992Angela Lewis
Alex Haley's Queen1993QueenNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
CB41993HerselfCameo
Father Hood1993Kathleen Mercer
The Program1993Autumn Haley
The Flintstones1994Sharon Stone
Solomon & Sheba1995Nikhaule/Queen ShebaTV
Losing Isaiah1995Khaila RichardsNominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Executive Decision1996Jean
Race the Sun1996Miss Sandra Beecher
Girl 61996Cameo
The Rich Man's Wife1996Josie Potenza
B*A*P*S1997Nisi
The Wedding1998Shelby ColesTV
Bulworth1998NinaNominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Why Do Fools Fall in Love1998Zola Taylor
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge1999Dorothy DandridgePrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
X-Men2000Ororo Munroe/Storm
Welcome to Hollywood2000Documentary
Swordfish2001Ginger KnowlesNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Monster's Ball2001Leticia MusgroveAcademy Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Silver Bear for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Female
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Die Another Day2002Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson
X2: X-Men United2003Ororo Munroe/Storm
Gothika2003Miranda GreyTeen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Kids Choice Award for Favorite Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Female
Catwoman2004Patience Phillips / CatwomanRazzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone)
Their Eyes Were Watching God2005Janie StarksNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress: T.V. Movie/Cable
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Robots2005Cappy(Voice)
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Ororo Munroe/Storm
Perfect Stranger2007Rowena Price
Things We Lost in the Fire2007Audrey Burke
Frankie and Alice2010Frankie/AliceAfrican-American Film Critics Association for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Dark Tide2011Kate Mathieson
New Year's Eve2011filming
Cloud Atlas2012filming
Movie 432012filming
Awards
YearAwardCategoryFilmResult
1995NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialAlex Haley's QueenWon
2000Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or MovieIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeWon
2000Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or TV MovieIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeWon
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or TV MovieIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeWon
2000Black Reel AwardsBest Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-SeriesIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeWon
2000NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialIntroducing Dorothy DandridgeWon
2001Academy AwardBest ActressMonster's BallWon
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsBest Actress – Motion PictureMonster's BallWon
2001British Academy of Film and Television ArtsBest Lead ActressMonster's BallNominated
2001Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaMonster's BallNominated
2001NBRBest ActressMonster's BallWon
2002Black Reel AwardsBest ActressMonster's BallWon
2002NAACP Image AwardNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion PictureSwordfishWon
2002BET AwardsBest ActressWon
2002Women in Film Crystal + Lucy AwardsCrystal Award for Outstanding Woman who have helped expand the role of women in EntertainmentRecipient[78]
2003BET AwardsBest ActressNominated
2003NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting ActressDie Another DayWon
2004NAACP Image AwardOutstanding ActressGothikaNominated
2004BET AwardsBest ActressWon
2004Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst ActressCatwomanWon
2004Worst Screen CoupleCatwoman (with either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone)Nominated
2005BET AwardsBest ActressNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a MovieTheir Eyes Were Watching GodNominated
2006NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress – TV seriesTheir Eyes Were Watching GodNominated
2006Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or TV MovieTheir Eyes Were Watching GodNominated
2007People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female Action HeroX-Men: The Last StandWon
2008BET AwardsBest ActressWon
2009Spike Guys' Choice AwardsDecade of Hotness AwardWon
2011Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaFrankie and AliceNominated
2011NAACP Image AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion PictureFrankie and AliceWon

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