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Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office. 

For her brilliant performance in MONSTER’S BALL, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the SAG Award, the Berlin Silver Bear Award and was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review.  No stranger to accolades, Berry earned the Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO’s telefilm, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” for her role in FRANKIE AND ALICE.  Berry joined the prestigious list of actresses starring in the James Bond franchise with her role of “Jinx” in DIE ANOTHER DAY opposite Pierce Bronson, which also marked BOND’s 40thanniversary and one of the top five grossing BOND movies of all time.   Up next, Berry will be seen in the Luis-Prieto directed thriller KIDNAP for Aviron Pictures. In the film, Berry, who also serves as executive producer on the project along with her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas for their production banner 606 Films, plays a mother who will stop at nothing to save her abducted son. The movie is set for release on August 4, 2017.   Berry will also star in 20th Century Fox’s KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE starring alongside Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong and Jeff Bridges. The movie will enter theaters on September 22, 2017. Earlier this year, Berry wrapped production on Deniz Gamze Erguven’s English-language directorial debut KINGS in which she co-stars with Daniel Craig. The movie focuses on the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of four police officers in the Rodney King case.

Berry has garnered praise not only for her numerous leading roles, but for her work with a range of organizations. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles. The Jenesse Center was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. She previously partnered with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger. This partnership saw Watch Hunger Stop commit its global reach and resources to WFP’s goal of building “a world with zero hunger.” In support of this, Berry visited rural Nicaragua to raise awareness. Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back.