Maybe he's not alive. Berry has recalled witnessing her mother being beaten daily, kicked down stairs and hit in the head with a wine bottle. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the Miss USA pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges. Berry's first weeks in New York were less than auspicious: She slept in a homeless shelter and then in a YMCA".
During her early time there, she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter. In , Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for the lead character played by Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. The following year, she caught the public's attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie playing the part of "Sharon Stone", a sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.
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 the Academy Award for Best Actress , and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through. The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past In , Berry appeared in the film Swordfish , which featured her first topless scene. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress; 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.
Ron Perelman , the cosmetics firm's chief, congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company. She replied, "Of course, you'll have to pay me more.
She said, "This moment is so much bigger than me. 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. It was removed in a minute operation. Production was halted for eight weeks. She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person making her the third person, and second actor, ever to do so  with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the "rock bottom" in order to be "at the top".
It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy , one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in , and Lackawanna Blues in In , Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis , and starred in Things We Lost in the Fire with Benicio del Toro , the first film in which she worked with a female director, Danish Susanne Bier , giving her a new feeling of "thinking the same way", which she appreciated.
In , she appeared in New Year's Eve. She played one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which was released in October The show premiered on July 9, 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. When a reporter from Justice's hometown of Cincinnati told her that Justice was a fan, Berry gave her phone number to the reporter to give to Justice. On April 30, , Berry and Aubry announced their separation. Martinez performed a citizen's arrest on Aubry, and because it was considered a domestic violence incident, was granted a temporary emergency protective order preventing Aubry from coming within yards of Berry, Martinez, and the child with whom he shares custody with Berry, until November 29,