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Halle Maria Berry (born 1966) is an American actress from UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, and was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She's a well-rounded actress, whose roles have ranged from slapstick comedy to gritty drama to romance to action to sci-fi. Berry received several awards for the {{HBO}} biopic ''Introducing Dorothy Dandridge'', and in 2001 she became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role in ''MonstersBall''. She has also been involved in the production side of several of her films.

Berry has some notoriety among comic book fans, as while her portrayal of [[Film/{{X-Men}} Storm]] was generally well-received, her performance as Film/{{Catwoman}} was not. [[GracefulLoser She has been a good sport about it, however.]] When it was announced that she would "win" the Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress for ''Catwoman'', she became the second actor (after Tom Green) [[MedalOfDishonor to accept her Razzie in person]], [[SelfDeprecation bringing her Oscar along, and parodying her acceptance speech.]] She received a standing ovation from the audience.

!!Filmography:

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* Revlon Spokesperson

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* ''Baps''
* ''Film/{{Bulworth}}''
* ''Film/TheCall''
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''
* ''Film/CloudAtlas''
* ''Film/DarkTide''
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay''
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision''
* ''Film/{{Girl 6}}''
* ''Film/{{Gothika}}''
* ''Film/IntroducingDorothyDandridge''
* ''Film/LosingIsaiah''
* ''Film/MonstersBall''
* ''Film/PerfectStranger''
* ''Film/RaceTheSun''
* ''The Rich Man's Wife''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''
* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}''
* ''Literature/TheirEyesWereWatchingGod''
* ''Film/ThingsWeLostInTheFire''
* ''Film/{{X-Men}}''
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited''
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''
* ''Film/WhyDoFoolsFallInLove''

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* ''Series/{{Amen}}''
* ''Living Dolls''
* ''Series/{{Extant}}''

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* Former model and pageant winner

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* Appeared as a cameo in Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's 2002 music video, "Work It".
* Also appeared in the LimpBizkit video "Behind Blue Eyes", where she made out with Fred Durst, whom she was rumored to be dating at the time.

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!!Her roles provide examples of:

* ActionGirl
* AdamWesting: Her Razzie acceptance speech.
* BareYourMidriff: Pretty much all the freaking time.
* BeautyContest: She won several before becoming an actress.
* BondGirl: Her role as Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' and her infamous entry into said role qualifies.
* ButNotTooBlack: Berry, a mixed-race actress (white mother and black father) has been counted as one of the most beautiful actresses working in Hollywood, especially working in an industry that favors Eurocentric standards of beauty. But Berry has light skin, straight hair, and European-ish features, leading some to speculate she benefits from Eurocentric standards.
* CoveredInGunge: At the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Technically, her hair in the ''X-Men'' movie series. Although, the hair's platinum or just plain white.
* FauxActionGirl
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Dorothy Dandridge
* HauntedHeroine: ''Gothika''
** She actually had to fight for her role in ''Monster's Ball'' for this exact reason, reminding the director that women's problems don't go away just because they're attractive.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Her role in the televised movie role, ''Queen''.
** To a lesser extent, this also applies to much of her early life in suburban Ohio in the 70's.
* {{Irony}}: She's probably one of a very few cases where a movie flop saves a career rather than delaying or destroying it. See StarDerailingRole below.
* MsFanservice: Um, ''Swordfish'' anyone?
** Yes please.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: She was Miss Ohio in the 1986 Miss USA pageant and was the first runner up for the Miss USA title. Her later success speaks for itself.
* SassyBlackWoman
* SexySecretary: Played [[IncrediblyLamePun Sharon Stone]] (also TheDragon) in the film version of ''Film/TheFlintstones''.
* ShownTheirWork: To prep for her role in ''Losing Isaiah'' where she played a crackwhore, Berry visited a UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC crackhouse (with an undercover police escort) to see first-hand what the drug does to people.
* StarDerailingRole: Supposedly inverted with ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''. Before the movie came out, she almost wasn't in the third X-Men film because she was demanding a bigger role and a bigger paycheck. Once ''Catwoman'' tanked, she got a shot of humility.
* UncleTomfoolery: Her role in 'Baps'' qualifies.
* WagTheDirector: How ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' came to be. After ''Monster's Ball'' netted her [[AcademyAwards Best Actress,]] she seemed to subsequently become more and more egotistical with such examples as trying to be placed in front of Creator/PierceBrosnan on the ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' poster, despite the latter playing '''JAMES FREAKING BOND.''' She was more successful in getting a higher salary for less work in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' and stated that she would have to be payed '''more''' to even considering cameoing in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Then ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' came along and, presumably humbled by the waves of negative publicity, [[LaserGuidedKarma accepted a lesser paycheck for more work.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Turned down the role of Annie in ''Film/{{Speed}}''.

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