Halle Berry is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She was a fashion model before foraying into the world of acting and had participated in several beauty contests. The daughter of an English-German mother and an African American father, her mixed ancestry explains her exotic features and unconventional beauty. Confident of her good looks from a young age, she began taking part in beauty contests as a teenager and won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant. She became a model after being chosen as the first runner-up in the Miss U.S.A. Pageant. She started her acting career with a role in the television series ‘Living Dolls’ before making her transition into films.
She is best known for her role as Leticia Musgrove in ‘Monster’s Ball’ in which she played a woman whose husband is on death row. This movie won her widespread acclaim and made her one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood.
Her portrayal of a popular real-life stripper and dancer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has two alters in the movie ‘Frankie & Alice’ is one of her most challenging and critically acclaimed roles.
She was presented the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the television film ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ in 1999.
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’ in 2001. She also won Black Reel Award for Best Actress and BET Award for Best Actress for the same role.