Born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Berry is an award-winning American actress, former fashion model and beauty queen. Her first taste of the spotlight came when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant when she was 17. In 1985, she became the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant. She attended Bedford High School and studied at the Cuyahoga Community College. She went to Illinois to pursue her acting and modeling career.
Halle Berry’s breakthrough film role was playing Vivian in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. Also in 1991, she co-starred with Samuel Jackson in Strictly Business. The next year, she was cast as Eddie Murphy’s love interest in the film Boomerang. She also caught public attention portraying a biracial slave in a television adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family. She was also cast as Fred Flintstone’s sultry secretary in the live-action Flintstones movie in 1994. She was given a more serious role in 1995’s Losing Isaiah, and was also cast in Race the Sun. She was given a role opposite Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. Berry gained praise playing alongside Warren Beatty in the 1998 romantic drama Bulworth. Her popularity soared when she was cast as the title role in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. For her portrayal, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series.
In 2000, she was cast as the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic-book series X-Men. She reprised this role in the sequels, X2: X-Men United in 2003 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. She also appeared in the movie Swordfish and the James Bond film Die Another Day, for which she received international acclaim. Berry earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 2001’s Monster’s Ball. She became the first African-American woman to receive a Best Actress Academy Award. She next starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the psychological thriller Gothika, and was given the title role in 2004’s Catwoman. She also appeared in the Oprah Winfrey-produced TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God and voiced a character in the animated film Robots.