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  • Halle Berry Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    Halle Berry Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office. For her brilliant performance in MONSTER’S BALL, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the SAG Award, the Berlin Silver Bear Award and was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review.  No stranger to accolades, Berry earned the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO’s telefilm, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role in FRANKIE AND ALICE.  Berry has tackled some of Hollywood’s toughest roles making her one of today’s most sought after leading ladies.

    Up next, Berry will be seen in the Sony Pictures thriller, THE CALL in which she plays an emergency operator who must confront a killer from her past to save a girl’s life. The film will be released on March 15, 2013.

    Berry was last seen in the Warner Bros. film CLOUD ATLAS alongside Tom Hanks, Susan Sarrandon, Hugh Grant, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s. The film, which earned Berry an 2013 NAACP Outstanding Actress nomination, follows six stories set in a different time and place that become intricately related to each other.

    In 2010, Berry starred in the psychological thriller FRANKIE AND ALICE, alongside Stellan Skarsgard. Berry’s Golden Globe nominated performance, is based on the true story a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her alternate-personalities. Berry is also credited as a Producer on the film.

    In 2007, Berry was seen in the drama, THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE opposite Benicio Del Toro.  The film, which was written by Sam Mendes and directed by Susanne Bier, follows a woman who befriends her husband’s drug addicted, childhood friend after his untimely death. Her moving performance as a widow gained her acclaim and praise from critics and fans alike. 

    Also in 2007 Berry was seen starring opposite Bruce Willis in the thriller, PERFECT STRANGER. This film follows Berry as she goes undercover to revenge the murder of her friend. The film was released in Spring 2007 and was a box office success. Berry reprised her role as Storm in the third installment of the X-Men series, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. This film, directed by Brett Ratner, continued the franchise worldwide success, opening #1 at the box office.

    In 2006, Berry received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her acting work in the Oprah Winfrey produced movie THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and as executive producer for the HBO telefilm “Lackawanna Blues.”

    Previously, Berry heated up theatres across the globe in Warner Brothers’ CATWOMAN and she provided the voice of ‘Cappy’ in the 20th Century Fox animated hit, ROBOTS. She also starred in the psychological thriller GOTHIKA, which helped to cement her status as an international box office draw. In 2002 Berry starred as ‘Jinx’ in the James Bond feature, DIE ANOTHER DAY, opposite Pierce Brosnan, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Bond franchise and becoming the largest-grossing Bond film to date.

    Critics and filmgoers first took notice of Berry in her feature film debut, Spike Lee’s JUNGLE FEVER. She went on to star opposite Warren Beatty in the socio-political comedy, BULWORTH. Her other film credits include LOSING ISAIAH opposite Jessica Lange,  EXECUTIVE DECISION, the live-action version of  THE FLINTSTONES, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, STICTLY BUSINESS, BOOMERANG, opposite Eddie Murphy, and SWORDFISH with John Travolta and Hugh Jackman.

    Other television credits include starring in the highly-rated ABC mini-series, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding,” directed by Charles Burnett, as well as the title role in Alex Haley’s mini-series, “Queen.” The latter performance earned Berry her first NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, as well as the Best Newcomer Award from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club.  She also starred opposite Jimmy Smits in Showtime’s original telefilm, “Solomon and Sheba.”

    In recognition for her achievements as an actress, the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University honored Berry as Cultural Artist of the Year.

    Berry has garnered praise not only for her numerous leading roles, but for her work with a range of influential organizations. Berry is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. Berry has also joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign. This national project was created to help raise awareness about diabetes and how to help people with the disease manage it successfully. She is also an Ambassador for the Callaway Golf Foundation for Women’s Cancer Initiative, encouraging women to better understand their risks for ovarian cancer and educating them in how to be proactive in the cause.

    Throughout her successful career Berry has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back.

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