Born in Cleveland as the second daughter of a working-class couple, Halle Berry’s path to stardom was never an easy one. Berry grew up in Oakwood, Ohio with her mother and sister after her parents got separated. She was famous in school as an all-rounder, playing multiple roles like the editor of the school newspaper, a cheerleader and prom queen. Berry emerged as a professional model in the ’80s after winning numerous beauty competitions. In 1986, she became the first African-American to enter the Miss World competition.
After a couple of short-lived TV series, Berry made her feature debut with the movie ‘Jungle Fever,’ directed by Spike Lee. She got her big breakthrough with the 1992 film ‘Boomerang,’ in which she played the lead role opposite Eddie Murphy. The romantic comedy catapulted Berry’s stardom and helped her to land her second big breakthrough. In 1994, she played the role of Miss Stone, a sexy secretary in the movie ‘The Flintstones.’ The movie went on to become a hit, making Berry a sensation among the moviegoers of her generation. But her next project along with Jessica Lange in the 1995 movie ‘Losing Isaiah’ disappointed her fans.
Berry bounced back with the critically acclaimed titles ‘Bulworth’ (1998) and ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ (1999). In ‘Bulworth’, she played the role of a smart young woman alongside Warren Beatty. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Mini-Series for her portrayal of actress Dorothy Dandridge in ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.’ Berry joined the ‘X-Men’ universe with the 2000 blockbuster ‘X-Men,’ in which she played the character of ‘Storm.’ 2002 was a milestone in Berry’s career.
Berry became the first African-American actress to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her stunning portrayal of a wailing mother in the movie ‘Monster’s Ball.’ In one of the most emotional and moving acceptance speeches in the history of Oscars, Berry said with tears, “And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow.”
Berry’s Oscar win is considered to be a historic moment by many. Reports projected her feat as a game-changing moment for other African-American actresses as it would open up more leading roles and a competitive work environment within the film industry. Her other major movies include ‘Die Another Day’ (2002), in which she played the Bond girl Jinx Johnson, ‘Gothika’ (2003), the ‘X-Men’ sequels ‘X2’ (2003) and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), ‘Cloud Atlas‘ (2012), ‘The Call’ (2013), and ‘Kidnap’ (2017).
In 2014, Berry ventured into the small screen with the CBS sci-fi series ‘Extant’, produced by Steven Spielberg. She plays an astronaut who returns to Earth pregnant after a 13-month solo space mission. While trying to reconnect with her husband and son back on Earth, she struggles to solve the mystery of her pregnancy during the solo space travel. At this point, you might be wondering what is the next Halle Berry movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Halle Berry films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Halle Berry movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.