Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. She is also a Revlon spokesmodel. Before becoming an Actress , she started modeling and entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang , alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones , the political comedy-drama Bulworth and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge , for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress , among many other awards.
In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the s such as Storm in the X-Men film series beginning in , the action crime thriller Swordfish , and the spy film Die Another Day , where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand In the s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film Cloud Atlas , the crime thriller The Call and X-Men: Days of Future Past During her early time there, she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter.
During the taping of Living Dolls, she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. After the cancellation of Living Dolls, she moved to Los Angeles. She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing. That same year, Berry had her first co-starring role in Strictly Business.
In , Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for the lead character played by Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. Berry tackled a more serious role, playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah , starring opposite Jessica Lange. Beginning in , she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in In , Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician Warren Beatty a new lease on life.
In the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.
Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men and its sequels, X2: X-Men United , X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: In , Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first topless scene. At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially.
Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild best- Actress prizes; in an interesting coincidence she became the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress earlier in her career, she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American to be nominated for Best Actress , and who was born at the same hospital as Berry, in Cleveland, Ohio.
If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing. Her graphic nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African Americans.
Many in the African -American community were critical of Berry for taking the part. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened.
No, emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier. Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as a homage.
Berry has said of the scene: The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz; the location was reportedly cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to try to stay warm. According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time.
Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a minute operation. After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2. She starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey, Jr. Production was halted for eight weeks.
She was awarded a Worst Actress Razzie Award in for this role. She was nominated for an Emmy for this TV film. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots Berry is involved in production of films and television.
She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in , and Lackawanna Blues in Berry then starred in the film Frankie and Alice, in which she plays Frankie Murdoch, a young multiracial American women with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. On April 3, , she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry.
She played one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which was released in October Berry played Molly Woods, an astronaut who struggles to reconnect with her husband and android son after spending 13 months in space.
The show premiered on July 9, She served as a co-executive producer on the series. Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and as the face of Versace.
Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.