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Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress from UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, and is 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 Creator/{{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 ''Film/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/XMenFilmSeries Storm]] had mixed reception, her performance as Film/{{Catwoman}} was universally panned. [[GracefulLoser She has been a good sport about it, however.]] When it was announced that she would "win" the UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward 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.

If you can overlook the fact that her take on ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} was an InNameOnly version of the character, she's one of just a handful of actors who has played both a Creator/MarvelComics character and a Creator/DCComics character--and one of even fewer actors to play both a Marvel and a DC ''superhero''.[[note]] Other actors in that exclusive club include Creator/BenAffleck ([[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Batman]] and Film/{{Daredevil}}), Creator/RyanReynolds (Film/{{Deadpool}} and Film/GreenLantern), Creator/JamesMarsden ([[Film/XMenFilmSeries Cyclops]] and [[Film/SupermanReturns Jason White]]), Creator/JKSimmons ([[Film/SpiderMan1 J. Jonah Jameson]] and [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 Commissioner Gordon]]), Creator/JoeManganiello ([[Film/SpiderMan1 Flash Thompson]] and [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 Deathstroke]]), and Creator/LaurenceFishburne ([[Film/FantasticFour2005 the Silver Surfer]] and [[Film/ManOfSteel Perry White]]).[[/note]]

Expect her to turn up any time a black man in fiction needs a CelebrityCrush.



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* Revlon Spokesperson


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Strictly Business|1991}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/JungleFever'' (1991)
* ''Film/TheLastBoyScout'' (1991)
* ''Film/{{Boomerang|1992}}'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'' (1994)
* ''Film/LosingIsaiah'' (1995)
* ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' (1996)
* ''Film/{{Bulworth}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' as [[ComicBook/{{Storm}} Ororo Munroe / Storm]]:
** ''Film/XMen1'' (2000)
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' (2003)
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' (2006)
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'' (2001)
* ''Film/MonstersBall'' (2001)
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' (2005) (voice)
* ''Literature/TheirEyesWereWatchingGod'' (2005)
* ''Film/PerfectStranger'' (2007)
* ''Film/NewYearsEve'' (2011)
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' (2012)
* ''Film/Movie43'' (2013)
* ''Film/TheCall'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Kidnap}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Kings|2018}}'' (2018)


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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 [[Music/MissyElliott Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott]]'s 2002 music video, "Work It".
* Appeared in the Music/LimpBizkit video "Behind Blue Eyes", where she made out with Fred Durst, whom she was rumored to be dating at the time.

!!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.
* 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. At least some backlash against her casting as Storm in the ''X-Men'' films is because of this.
* 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
* GracefulLoser: She had the good grace to show up to collect her [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Raz]][[MedalOfDishonor zie]] for ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' in person.
* HauntedHeroine: In ''Gothika'' and ''Monster's Ball''. 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[invoked]] Halle played Creator/DorothyDandridge (the first African-American actress to be nominated for an "Best Actress Oscar" for her role as the title character in Film/CarmenJones) in the HBO movie ''Introducing Dorothy Dandridge''. Halle later would become the first African-American actress to ''win'' a "Best Actress Oscar" for her performance in ''MonstersBall''.
** One of her early film roles was in ''Film/TheFlintstones''. A music video was produced of The B52's cover of the iconic theme song featuring the cast performing with the band, including Berry. On the line "Then the cat will stay out for the night" the video cuts to Berry, who mouths the word "cat". ''The Flintstones'' ended up being something of an OldShame for the Oscar-winning Berry ... along with a later film, ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''.
* {{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?
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] Met and started a relationship with French husband-to-be Olivier Martinez on the set of Dark Tide
* 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 sex worker addicted to crack, Berry visited a UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC crack house (with an undercover police escort) to see how crack affects people.
* StarDerailingRole: [[invoked]] 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: [[invoked]] How ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' came to be. After ''Monster's Ball'' netted her [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 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 paid '''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: [[invoked]] Turned down the role of Annie in ''Film/{{Speed}}''.