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 “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 the most sought-after leading ladies.
In 2010, Berry starred in the psychological thriller “Frankie and Alice,” alongside Stellan Skarsgard. The film was re-released in theaters in April 2014. Berry’s performance is based on the true story of a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her alternate personalities. She is also credited as a producer on the film. Currently, Berry stars in the blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” reprising her role of Storm.
Berry starred in the hit thriller “The Call,” and “Cloud Atlas” alongside Tom Hanks, Susan Sarrandon and Hugh Grant. The film, which earned Berry a 2013 NAACP Outstanding Actress nomination, follows six stories set in a different time and place that become intricately related to each other.
In 2007, Berry appeared in “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 starred opposite Bruce Willis in the thriller “Perfect Stranger.” This film follows Berry as she goes undercover to avenge the murder of her friend. The film was a box office success.
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 “Catwoman” and she provided the voice of ‘Cappy’ in the animated hit “Robots.” Also, she 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 40thanniversary 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 Flinstones,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Strictly Business,” “Boomerang,” opposite Eddie Murphy, and “Swordfish” with John Travolta and Hugh Jackman.
Her other television credits include starring in the highly-rated 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. Also, she also starred opposite Jimmy Smits in Showtime’s original telefilm, “Solomon and Sheba.”
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. Also, Berry has joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Awareness Campaign. This national project was created to help raise awareness about diabetes and how to help people with the disease manage it successfully. In addition, she is an ambassador for the Callaway Golf Foundation for Women’s Cancer Initiative, encouraging women to better understand their risks for ovarian cancer and educates 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.
Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lives in Los Angeles. Her birthday is August 14.