Halle Berry, Best Actress 2001: MovieMonday.com

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Halle Berry won her Best Actress Oscar for her stunning portrayal of Leticia Musgrove, who after her husband is executed on death row, suffers yet another personal tragedy, and finds comfort and love in the arms of a white prison guard, Hank Grotowski.


Halle Berry (1968- )

Halle Berry was born on August 14, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, the younger daughter of Jerome and Judith Berry, who divorced when Halle was four. Her mother, a psychiatric nurse, raised her. Halle won the 1985 Miss Teen USA at 17, representing the state of Ohio. The following year, she the first runner up in the 1986 Miss USA Pageant. She moved on to become a model, until 1989 when she landed a part on the TV Series, "Living Dolls."

Her first breakthrough film role that got her noticed was her portrayal of of drug addict, in Spike Lee's film, "Jungle Fever." Throughout the nineties, she portrayed a variety of characters. She likes to "live" her roles and stays in character during the duration of the filming, both on and off the set.

Halle Berry won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress, for her portrayal of Dorthy Dandridge, in the made for cable 1999 movie, " Introducing Dorthy Dandridge," a mini-series about the first Afro-American to be nominated for an Academy award.

Halle Berry is a diabetic, and suffered a partial hearing loss in one ear due to an altercation with a boyfriend, in the early nineties. These physical problems haven't stopped her one bit in reaching for her dreams.

Her Other Film Credits Include....

STRICTLY BUSINESS
THE LAST BOYSCOUT
BOOMERANG
FATHER HOOD
THE PROGRAM
THE FLINTSTONES
LOOSING ISAIAH
EXECUTIVE DECISION
RACE THE SUN
THE RICH MAN'S WIFE
BULWORTH
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?
X-MEN
SWORDFISH
DIE ANOTHER DAY

Halle Berry's television credits include...

"LIVING DOLLS" (1989) TV Series
"KNOTS LANDING" (1991-'92 ) TV Series
"QUEEN" (1993) (mini) TV Series
"SOLOMON & SHEBA" (1995) (TV)
"THE WEDDING" (1998) (mini) TV Series

THE OTHER BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES WERE...

Judi Dench for IRIS
Nicole Kidman for MOULIN ROUGE
Sissy Spacek for IN THE BEDROOM
Renée Zellweger for BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY

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