To date, Halle Berry is the only black woman to have won a Best Actress Academy Award. She won the award for her performance in Monster's Ball (2001). During the early 2000s, Berry was the highest-paid actress — pretty good for a woman who started her
career after finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant.
Halle Berry made her breakthrough in the 1992 film Boomerang and landed a role in a number of other films, including The Flintstones, Bulworth, and Swordfish. She became known to the younger generation for her role as Storm in the early 2000's X-Men franchise.
Since then, it seems that Halle Berry's career has taken somewhat of a nosedive. The select few movies that Berry has appeared in the past few years (outside of her appearances as Storm) have been downright terrible. She appeared in Movie 43, The Call, and Things We Lost in the Fire — all of which were box office flops. Will her upcoming appearance in Kingsman: The Golden Circle end her flop streak? Hopefully.