Halle Berry is the first African-American ever to win an Oscar as best actress. She won the award on 24 March 2002 for her starring role in the drama Monster's Ball (2001, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton).
Berry went from the world of beauty pageants in the mid-1980s to a television series, Living Dolls in 1989. In 1991 she began performing in feature films, including Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. She continued to appear in small roles on TV and on the big screen, notably with Warren Beatty in Bulworth (1998) and as actress Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). She played Storm in the X-Men movies (2000 and 2003, with Hugh Jackman) and the lead in 2004's Catwoman. Her other films include Swordfish (2001, with Jackman and John Travolta) and the James Bond thriller, Die Another Day (2002, with Pierce Brosnan).
Denzel Washington was named best actor in 2002, making it the first time that African-Americans won the best actor and actress Oscars in the same year... In February of 2000 Berry was involved in an auto accident that made the tabloids. With a serious head injury, Berry left the scene of the accident and was later charged. She eventually pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge...
Berry was married to baseball star David Justice from 1992 to 1996. She married R&B musician Eric Benét in 2001, but filed for divorce in April of 2004.
Halle Berry and Husband Eric Benet Are Separated
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry announced today she and her husband, singer Eric Benet, have separated.
"Eric and I have had marital problems for some time now and have tried to work things out together," she said in a statement issued by her publicist.
"However, at this point, I feel we need time apart to re-evaluate our union," she said. "We ask that you respect our privacy as we are going through this emotional time."
Berry, who was previously married to retired major league baseball player David Justice, last year became the first black performer ever to win a best actress award for her work in "Monster's Ball."
HALLE'S HAIR-RAISING CRISIS!
Thursday August 12, 2004
Halle Berry, 38, loves her new long hair so much she is said to keep her stylist's numbers programmed into her cell and home phones under 911!
Last week, one of the star's long, luxurious extensions came undone and, as a result, so did Halle, says a source close to the star. The actress was nearly in tears when she couldn't reach her stylist, whom she calls "one of the most important people in my life these days."
So why all the drama surrounding Halle's long locks? Pals say she loves the look and feel of her hair so much she won't go short again, if she can help it. Thankfully the crisis was abated, with the stylist agreeing to twice-weekly appointments. Phew!
Guide, The (2004) (in production)
Set-Up, The (2004) (in production)
Foxy Brown (2005) (announced)
Nappily Ever After (2004) (announced)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) (TV) (filming)
Robots (2005) (filming) (voice)
Die Another Day (2002)
Monster's Ball (2001)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV)
Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)
Wedding, The (1998) (TV)
Rich Man's Wife, The (1996)
Race the Sun (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Solomon & Sheba (1995) (TV)
Flintstones, The (1994)
Program, The (1993)
Father Hood (1993)
"Queen" (1993) (mini) TV Series
"Knots Landing" (1981) TV Series
Last Boy Scout, The (1991)
Strictly Business (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
"Living Dolls" (1989) TV Series
Birthname: Halle Maria Berry
Nickname: Hannah Little
Height: 5' 7"
Born: 14 August 1966, Cleveland, Ohio
Is a spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics.
She was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $13,500 in fines and penalties after pleading no contest on May 10 2000 to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a traffic accident. The judge also ordered the actress to perform 200 hours of community service and to make restitution as determined by the outcome of civil litigation arising from the February accident when she was driving a rented Chevrolet Blazer and ran a red light and crashed into another car on Sunset Boulevard. She left the scene of the accident before authorities arrived, suffered a gash to her head that required 20 stitches to close, and the woman (Hetal Raythatha) driving the other vehicle broke her wrist. Halle reported the accident to a police officer at the hospital where she sought treatment.
Her parents, Judith & Jerome Berry, divorced when she was 4 years old. She was then raised by her mom. When researching for her role of Dorothy Dandridge, she discovered that she and Dorothy were both born in the same Cleveland, Ohio hospital.
One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People 
Miss USA; first runner-up to Christy Fichtner who was on the first season of "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?" (2003). 
Miss Ohio USA 
Miss Teen All American 
Attended Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.
Turned down the role of Annie in Speed (1994).
Is named after the grand old Halle Building in Cleveland, Ohio, which originally housed the Halle Brothers department store. The building is now an office building and the fictional setting for the Winfred-Louder department store on "Drew Carey Show, The" (1995).
In high school, was an honor society member, editor of the school paper, and class president. Was also crowned prom queen.
Born at 9:03 p.m EST
Lost some hearing in one of her ears due to a physical encounter with a boyfriend in the early 90s.
Attended Heskett Middle School in Bedford, Ohio.
Is the second "Bond Girl" to win an Oscar. The first was Kim Basinger (Best Supporting Actress for L.A. Confidential (1997), 1997.)
First African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
Has a step-daughter named India
Sister Heidi b. 1964; is estranged from Halle.
April 10, 2002 - She received an injury on the set of Die Another Day (2002). Halle was injured on location in Cadiz, Spain while shooting an action sequence that involved Pierce Brosnan firing on a helicopter being flown by Rick Yune.
Portrayed Dorothy Dandridge in the made for television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV). Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and coincidentally Halle Berry is the first to have won in that category.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
As a young aspiring actress Halle Berry was the leading lady in R. Kelly and Public Announcement's 1991 video hit Honey Love, where they re-enacted a scene from 9 1/2 Weeks.
Graduate of Bedford High School, Bedford, Ohio
First black American in the Miss World Competition. She didn't win a prize but her dress did.
She is the only official "Bond Girl" to win an Academy Award. Although Kim Basinger (Best Actress, L.A. Confidential (1997)) was a "Bond Girl", Never Say Never Again (1983) is not included in the list of 20 official James Bond films.
Her dress for the 2002 Oscars ceremony was voted the most popular from the first 75 years.
Ranked #96 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List.
Named one of the 50 most beautiful people in People Magazine in 2003. She has now appeared on this list seven times.
Voted the 10th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
Starred in three movies with Hugh Jackman: X-Men (2000); Swordfish (2001) and X2 (2003).
May 2003 - Broke her arm on the set of Gothika (2003), filming in Montreal.
Measurements: 36C-22-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Was a Bearcats cheerleader at Bedford High School.
Became engaged to singer 'Eric Benet' on 14 August 1999. Benet has a daughter, India (b. 1991)
Half British on her mother's side.
The first actress to star & portray two different comic book characters for two different comic book companies (Storm) for Marvel's X-Men (2000) & X2 (2003) & (Catwoman) for D.C Comics's Catwoman (2004).
She is currently the highest paid black actress in Hollywood. 
Named one of the 50 most beautiful people in People Magazine in 2004. She has now appeared on this list eight times, tying with Julia Roberts for the most appearances.
Voted as #7 on the Top 100 Sexiest Women 2004 in FHM [DK]
Named one of the Top 10 authentic beauties in 2004. She was in the seventh rank in that list.
Played a character called "Sharon Stone" in Flintstones, The (1994) - ten years later she appeared with the real Sharon Stone in Catwoman (2004).
Wisely turned down the female lead in box office disaster Gigli (2003) which birthed the relationship of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
Smashed her head into set lights on the set of Catwoman (2004). She wasn't seriously injured.
Adopted a cat (that was originally an extra for Catwoman (2004)) named Playto, to help herself learn about cats. However, she renamed the cat Playdough, because Playto was too serious a name for her.
Halle Berry Quotations
“I don't see a white woman. I see a black woman, even though my mother is white. Knowing that has made my life easier, I think.”
“I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head.”
“In the X-Men the women are so strong and sexy! We really kick some male butt!”
What She is Known For
The former Miss Teen All American made her big-screen debut as a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. Since then, she’s gone on to star in Die Another Day, Catwoman and Monster’s Ball, for which she won an Academy Award.
2005 Career Highligts
Halle stepped away from the world of big-budget movies in 2005 to make Their Eyes Were Watching God, an intimate telefilm based on a novel by Zora Neale Hurston . The gamble paid off as she went on to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie. Halle may not have won that award, but she did win the hearts of young fans as the voice of Cappy in the animated comedy Robots.
2006 Career Forcast
Look for Halle to return to form in 2006. She’ll be reprising her role as Storm in the highly anticipated X-Men 3, and will also take on some more dramatic fare alongside Bruce Willis in Perfect Stranger, a story about obsessive love. Obsessive love and Halle Berry? It sounds like someone’s been reading your diary again.