A TV acting career soon followed including appearances in Living Dolls, and Knots Landing before her debut film role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever in 1991.
Berry next appeared in a series of films to mixed reviews including Boomerang opposite Eddie Murphy, and Losing Isaiah with Jessica Lange. More favorable reviews came with her appearances in Warren Beatty's Bullworth and in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge for which she won a Golden Globe award.
Her role as Storm in The X-Men, however, ultimately put Berry on the map - which was soon followed by an appearance opposite John Travolta in Swordfish, a major disaster.
Then came Berry's most critically acclaimed work to date, as she appeared in Monster's Ball opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Sean Combs, for which she became the first famous celebrity African-American woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
Berry's other notable performances have since included a hot & sexy star turn in Die Another Day as well as a reprise of her role in the encore box office hit, X2- X-Men United.
And in 2004, Halle Berry became famous in title role film Catwoman. An American superhero film released by Warner Brothers & Village Roadshow Pictures.
Always the risk taker, the brunette beauty has announced that she is about to go bald for a 2010 movie plot tentatively titled "Nappily Ever After."
Off screen, the 41-year-old Berry was reportedly "beyond excited" about expecting her first baby with boyfriend, male supermodel Gabriel Aubry in 2007. The actress later gave birth to a baby girl, her first child, born in Los Angeles on March 16, 2008.
Several months later, she was named Esquire Magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive", and is next slated to star as a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder in the Hollywood drama, Frankie and Alice.