Halle Maria Berry (born 1966) is an American actress from 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 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 Monster's Ball
. 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 Storm
was generally well-received, her performance as Catwoman
was not. 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) to accept her Razzie in person
, bringing her Oscar along, and parodying her acceptance speech.
She received a standing ovation from the audience.
- Former model and pageant winner
- Appeared as a cameo in Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's 2002 music video, "Work It".
- Also appeared in the Limp Bizkit 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:
- Action Girl
- Adam Westing: Her Razzie acceptance speech.
- Bare Your Midriff: Pretty much all the freaking time.
- Beauty Contest: She won several before becoming an actress.
- Bond Girl: Her role as Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson in Die Another Day and her infamous entry into said role qualifies.
- But Not Too Black: 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.
- Covered in Gunge: At the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Technically, her hair in the X-Men movie series. Although, the hair's platinum or just plain white.
- Faux Action Girl
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Dorothy Dandridge
- Haunted Heroine: 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.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: 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 Star-Derailing Role below.
- Ms. Fanservice: Um, Swordfish anyone?
- The Runner Up Takes It All: 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.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Sexy Secretary: Played Sharon Stone (also The Dragon) in the film version of The Flintstones.
- Shown Their Work: To prep for her role in Losing Isaiah where she played a sex worker addicted to crack, Berry visited a Washington, DC crack house (with an undercover police escort) to see first-hand what the drug does to people.
- Star-Derailing Role: Supposedly inverted with 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.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Her role in 'Baps'' qualifies.
- Wag the Director: How Catwoman came to be. After Monster's Ball netted her Best Actress, she seemed to subsequently become more and more egotistical with such examples as trying to be placed in front of Pierce Brosnan on the Die Another Day poster, despite the latter playing JAMES FREAKING BOND. She was more successful in getting a higher salary for less work in X2: X-Men United and stated that she would have to be payed more to even considering cameoing in X-Men: The Last Stand. Then Catwoman came along and, presumably humbled by the waves of negative publicity, accepted a lesser paycheck for more work.
- What Could Have Been: Turned down the role of Annie in Speed.