Sunday, 31 March 2013

Jessica Biel Wiki and Pics

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Jessica Claire Biel is an American actress, model and singer born March 3, 1982. She is known for her television role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven.[3] She has since starred in many films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), The A-Team (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), and Total Recall (2012). She will appear in the thriller indie film Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes in 2013.
She won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress in 1997 for her role in Ulee's Gold.

 Early life

Jessica Biel was born on March 3, 1982, in Ely, Minnesota.[4] Her mother, Kimberly (née Conroe), is a homemaker and spiritual healer. Her father, Jonathan Biel, worked for GE and was also an entrepreneur and business consultant.[5][6][7] She is of German, French, English, Irish, and Choctaw ancestry[8][9] and has a younger brother, Justin, born in 1985.[10][11] Biel's family moved frequently during her childhood, living in Texas, Connecticut, and Woodstock, Illinois, before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado. While growing up, Biel played soccer[12] and also trained as a gymnast.[7] From 2000 to 2002, she attended Tufts University.[13]

Career

 Career beginnings
Biel initially trained to be a vocalist. At age nine, she appeared in several musical productions in her hometown, playing lead roles in productions such as Annie, The Sound of Music, and Beauty and the Beast.[14] Biel auditioned for the a cappella choir the Tufts Amalgamates, but did not get into the group.[15] At twelve, Biel attended The International Modeling and Talent Association conference in Los Angeles where she was discovered and signed by the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency. She began modeling for print advertisements, and appeared in commercials for products such as Dulux Paint and Pringles.[5] Biel also played the character Regrettal, a lead role in a low-budget musical short titled It's a Digital World. At fourteen, after auditioning for several television pilots, Biel was cast as Mary Camden, the second oldest child in the family drama 7th Heaven.

1997–2005

Biel landed her first feature film role as Peter Fonda's granddaughter in the critically acclaimed drama Ulee's Gold, released in 1997. Her performance earned her a Young Artist Award.[16] In spring 1998, during a break from filming 7th Heaven, she starred in I'll Be Home for Christmas, playing the love interest of Jonathan Taylor Thomas.[14]
Biel posed topless in the March 2000 issue of Gear. Producers of 7th Heaven were outraged, and brought legal action against Gear.[14] She later stated that she regrets the Gear shoot but considers it a learning experience.[17] In 2001, Biel played the love interest of Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the baseball-themed film Summer Catch. In 2002, she starred as promiscuous college student Lara in the ensemble film The Rules of Attraction, an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel.
Biel was cast in her first top-billing role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.[18] The film met with negative reviews but it was a commercial success, scoring the number-one spot in its opening week and going on to earn more than $80 million in the U.S.[18][19] In 2003, Biel began work on the third installment of the Blade film series, Blade: Trinity. Almost immediately after finishing it in 2004, she headed to Australia to shoot the action-thriller Stealth.[20]
Biel also appeared in the 2004 film Cellular. Biel was cast in the role of Ellen Kishmore in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown. She then played the title character in the indie film London. In 2005, Esquire magazine named her the "Sexiest Woman Alive" in a 2005 six-part series, with each month revealing a different body part and clue to the woman's identity.[5]

2006–present

In 2006, Biel played a turn-of-the-century duchess in the period piece The Illusionist, co-starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. Biel played an Iraq War veteran in the 2006 film Home of the Brave, a drama about soldiers struggling to readjust to society after facing the hardships of war. In Next, Biel played alongside Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. She then played in the summer comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, co-starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. In late 2007, Biel signed on to play a stripper in Powder Blue, alongside Forest Whitaker (who also produced the film), Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze.
In 2007, Stuff magazine's named her No. 1 on their "100 Sexiest Women".[21]
At the start of 2008, Biel shot Easy Virtue, an adaptation of the play by Noël Coward. Like the play, the film is set in the 1920s and Biel plays young widow Larita, who impulsively marries John Whittaker in France and must face her disapproving in-laws on returning to England. The film premiered in September 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival.[22] Critics praised Biel for her performance, with Todd McCarthy of Variety saying Biel "more than kept up" with veterans Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth and praising her "sparkling" performance.[23][24] The Hollywood Reporter described her performance as "an irresistible force of nature — a kind, witty, supremely intelligent and beautiful woman who ... is capable of rejoinders that thoroughly undercut her opponent's withering criticism."[25] Biel also performed two songs on the film's soundtrack, "Mad About the Boy" and "When the Going Gets Tough".

In 2009, Biel lent her voice to the animated science fiction film Planet 51. In April 2008, Biel began working on the political satire Nailed, with Jake Gyllenhaal. The film centers around a woman who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head, then travels to Washington D.C. to fight for better health care. Biel performed the role of Sarah Brown with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a fully staged concert production of Guys and Dolls during the 2009 season at the Hollywood Bowl.[26][27] On the last night, she received a rousing standing ovation from 17,000 people.[7] She subsequently landed a part in Lincoln Center Theater's two-week-long workshop of the musical version of the Pedro Almodóvar classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, along with Salma Hayek.[7]
In 2010, Biel starred in the large ensemble cast film Valentine's Day and in the A-Team, based on the television series as Capt. Charisa Sosa. In 2011, she appeared in New Year's Eve, directed by Valentine's Day's Garry Marshall.
In 2012, she starred in the remake of the 1990 science fiction movie Total Recall alongside Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale. She portrayed actress Vera Miles in the biographical film Hitchcock, based on Stephen Rebello's book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. She also appeared in Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler.
Biel will appear in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013.

Personal life

Biel began dating singer and actor Justin Timberlake in January 2007.[28][29] After four years together, the couple announced their split in March 2011.[30][31] However, by fall 2011, the couple reunited, and in late December 2011, Timberlake proposed to Biel in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming.[32][33][34] The couple married on October 19, 2012 at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy.[35]

 Philanthropy

On July 18, 2006, Biel participated in a charity auction to raise medical funds for Colorado teen Molly Bloom, who was injured in a limousine accident.[36] John Schiffner of Fergus Falls, Minnesota successfully bid $30,000 to have lunch with Biel. "I promise I'm a cheap date," Biel quipped. Biel and Schiffner lunched at The Palm restaurant in Denver, Colorado[37] on August 18, 2006.[38] In early 2007, Jessica co-founded the Make the Difference Network, with her father and another business partner, Kent McBride.[39] In 2010, Biel climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with members of the United Nation Foundation to raise awareness of the global water crisis.[40] That same year, Biel's humanitarian and charity work (as well as her popularity with young people) earned her a nomination for a Do Something Award.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1996–2006 7th Heaven Mary Camden TV series (139 episodes)
1997 Ulee's Gold Casey Jackson
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Allie
2001 Summer Catch Tenley Parrish
2002 The Rules of Attraction Lara Holleran
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Erin Hardesty
2004 It's a Digital World[42] Regrettal (voice)
2004 Cellular Chloe
2004 Blade: Trinity Abigail Whistler
2005 Stealth Lieutenant Kara Wade
2005 Elizabethtown Ellen Kishmore
2005 London London
2005 Family Guy Brooke (Voice) TV series (1 episode: "Brian the Bachelor")
2006 The Illusionist Duchess Sophie von Teschen
2006 Home of the Brave Vanessa Price
2007 Next Liz Cooper
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Alex McDonough
2008 Hole in the Paper Sky[43] Karen Watkins Short, also executive producer
2008 Easy Virtue Larita Whittaker
2009 Planet 51 Neera (voice)
2009 Powder Blue Rose-Johnny
2010 Valentine's Day Kara Monahan
2010 The A-Team Capt. Charisa Sosa
2011 New Year's Eve Tess
2012 Total Recall Melina
2012 The Tall Man Julia Denning
2012 Playing for Keeps Stacie
2012 Hitchcock Vera Miles
2013 Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes Linda Completed
2013 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea[44] Penny Pre-production

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1997 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress Ulee's Gold Won
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series: Young Ensemble (shared with the cast) 7th Heaven Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Drama[45] 7th Heaven Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Drama/Action Adventure[45] 7th Heaven Nominated
2003 Saturn Award Best Actress The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance – Female The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Nominated
2005 ShoWest Convention Award Female Star of Tomorrow[45] Won
2006 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Acting[45] The Illusionist Won
2007 Gala Awards Rising-Star Award[45] Won
2008 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble (shared with Adam Sandler) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Nominated
2008 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Nominated
2009 Golden Capital Best Actress[45] Easy Virtue Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Valentine's Day Nominated

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Jessica Alba Wiki and Pics

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Jessica Marie Alba is an American model, television and film actress. She born April 28, 1981 and began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). Alba rose to prominence as the lead actress in the television series Dark Angel (2000–2002).[2][3] Alba later appeared in various films including Honey (2003), Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), Into the Blue (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck both in 2007.[4][5]
Alba has been called a sex symbol.[6][7] She appears on the "Hot 100" section of Maxim and was voted number one on AskMen.com's list of "99 Most Desirable Women" in 2006, as well as "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007.[8][9][10] In 2005, TV Guide ranked her # 45 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list. The use of her image on the cover of the March 2006 Playboy sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped. She has also won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.

Early life

Alba was born in Pomona, California, to Catherine (née Jensen) and Mark Alba. Her mother is of Danish and French Canadian descent and her father is of Mexican ancestry. She has a younger brother, Joshua. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi and Del Rio, Texas, before settling back in Claremont, California, when she was nine years old. Alba described her family as being a "very conservative family – a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family" and herself as very liberal; she says she had identified herself as a "feminist" as early as age five.
Alba's early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies. During childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times a year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst.[3] Alba became isolated from other children at school, because she was in the hospital so often due to her illnesses that no one knew her well enough to befriend her.[15] Alba has also had asthma since she was a child.[3] Alba has said that her family's frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers.[14] She has acknowledged that she has suffered from obsessive–compulsive disorder during her childhood.[16][17] Alba graduated from Claremont High School at age 16,[18] and she subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.[19]
Career

Alba expressed interest in acting since the age of five. In 1992, the 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, whose grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later.[3][19][20] Her first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature Camp Nowhere as Gail. She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two-month job in a leading role when one of the prominent actresses dropped out.[2]
Alba appeared in two national television commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney as a child. She was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into television in 1994 with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack.[3] She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the television series Flipper.[2][3] Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and she was a PADI-certified scuba diver, skills which were put to use on the show, which was filmed in Australia.[3][21]
In 1998, she appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, as Leanne in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, and as Layla in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave.[citation needed] In 1999, she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature P.U.N.K.S..[2] After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.[19][22]
Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film Idle Hands, opposite Devon Sawa.[5]
Her big break came when writer/director James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the Fox sci-fi television series Dark Angel. Co-created by Cameron, the series starred Alba, and ran for two seasons until 2002, earning her critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination.[5][23] Alba later admitted to suffering from anorexia while in preparation for Dark Angel.[24]
Alba has been well received in popular culture. She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Dark Angel. In 2006, Alba received an MTV Movie Award for "Sexiest Performance" for Sin City.[4][10][25] Her acting has also drawn criticism, however, as she was nominated for a 2007 Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performances in Awake, Good Luck Chuck, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[26] She was also nominated for the same award in 2005 for her performances in Fantastic Four and Into the Blue.[27]
Alba's most notable film roles have included an aspiring dancer-choreographer in Honey, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City, and as the Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four. She then appeared in its sequel, in Into the Blue later that year, and Good Luck Chuck a few years later.[4][28][29] Alba hosted the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and performed sketches spoofing the movies King Kong, Mission: Impossible 3, and The Da Vinci Code.[30] In February 2008, she hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technical Awards.[31] Alba has been represented by talent agents Patrick Whitesell[32] and Brad Cafarelli.[12]
In 2008, Alba made her acting transition to the horror-film genre in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original.[13][33] The film was released on February 1, 2008. Though the film was not well received by critics,[34] Alba's performance itself received mixed reviews. Alba won a Teen Choice for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress-nomination.[35] Also in 2008, Alba starred alongside Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in "box office bomb" The Love Guru. Alba was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.[4]
In late 2008, Alba signed on to star as the lead role in An Invisible Sign of My Own.[36] The movie finished filming in November 2008.[37] It premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and was released to theaters in May 2011.[38][39]
In 2010, Alba starred in five films. She played Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute in The Killer Inside Me, film adaption of the book of the same name which co-starred Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[40][41][42][43] Her second film of the year was the hit romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall.[44][45][46] She portrayed Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend, Morley Clarkson, in the ensemble film that included Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Garner, among others.[45][47][48] It was released on February 12, 2010.[48] Later in the year, she appeared in action film Machete, in An Invisible Sign of My Own and in Little Fockers, reuniting with Robert De Niro who was also in Machete.
In August 2010, it was announced that Alba would appear in Spy Kids 4.[49] The film was released a year later.
In January 2012, Alba and business partner Chris Gavigan launched The Honest Company, a collection of toxin-free household goods, diapers, and body care products.[50] In March 2012, Alba announced that she will be releasing a book, The Honest Life, based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family. The book, slated for release in early 2013, will be published by Rodale.[51]
Her next projects include comedy A.C.O.D.[52] and animated film Escape from Planet Earth.[53] Alba will also reprise her role as Santana in Machete's sequel Machete Kills[54] and as Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, sequel to 2005's Sin City.[55] Filming for Sin City is expected to start in the summer of 2012 with a release set in October 2013.

Personal life

Religion
Alba was raised as a Catholic[74] throughout her teenage years,[75] but left the church after four years because she felt she was being judged for her appearance, explaining: "Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn't. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman".[76]
Alba also had objections to the church's condemnations of premarital sex and homosexuality, and what she saw as a lack of strong female role models in the Bible, explaining "I thought it was a nice guide, but it certainly wasn't how I was going to live my life."[71] Her "religious devotion [began] to wane" at the age of 15 when she guest-starred as a teenager with gonorrhea in the throat in a 1996 episode of the television series Chicago Hope. Her friends at church reacted negatively to her role, making her lose faith in the church.[3] However, she has stated that she still holds her belief in God despite leaving the church.[77]
Relationships and family
While filming Dark Angel in January 2000, Alba began a three-year relationship with her co-star Michael Weatherly, which caused controversy due to their 12-year age difference.[78] Weatherly proposed to Alba on her twentieth birthday, which she accepted.[13] In August 2003, Alba and Weatherly announced that they'd ended their relationship.[3] In July 2007, Alba spoke out about the breakup, saying "I don't know [why I got engaged]. I was a virgin. He was 12 years older than me. I thought he knew better. My parents weren't happy. They're really religious. They believe God wouldn't allow the Bible to be written if it wasn't what they are supposed to believe. I'm completely different."[79] Alba had at one time said she envisioned a much older man as her ideal partner, making references to Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, and Michael Caine. She said, "I have this thing for older men. They've been around and know so much."[80]
Alba met Cash Warren, son of actor Michael Warren, while filming Fantastic Four in 2004.[81][82] Alba married Warren in Los Angeles on Monday, May 19, 2008.[83][84] They have two daughters: Honor Marie Warren (born 2008)[85][86] and Haven Garner Warren (born 2011).[87] The first pictures of Honor Marie appeared in the July 2008 issue of OK! magazine, which reportedly paid $1.5 million.[88]
Charity and politics
In 2005, Alba offered her acting talents for free, to raise money for AIDS charity Amfar at the Cannes Film Festival. The Industry had held a benefit for the US research foundation. Alba had caused "the greatest stir" by promising to star as an unpaid actress in one of The Lord of the Rings producer Bob Weinstein's movies, if Weinstein agreed to bid $100,000 for tennis lessons with sports stars Monica Seles and Boris Becker.[89]
Alba's charity work includes participation with Clothes Off Our Back, Habitat for Humanity, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Project HOME, RADD, Revlon Run/Walk for Women, SOS Children Villages, Soles4Souls, and Step up.[90] Alba openly endorsed and supported Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama during the 2008 primary season.[91] Alba is an ambassador for the 1Goal movement to provide education to children in Africa.[92]
Alba posed for a bondage-themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. The ads photographed by Mark Liddell,[93][94] which feature Alba wrapped in and gagged with black tape, drew national media attention. The ads were described by some as being "Shocking".[94] Alba said of doing the advertisements that "it didn't freak me out at all." Alba also said "I think it is important for young people to be aware of the need we have in this country to get them more active politically," and "People respond to things that are shocking."[95]
In June 2009, while filming The Killer Inside Me in Oklahoma City, Alba was involved in a controversy with residents when she pasted posters of sharks around town.[citation needed] Alba said that she was trying to bring attention to the diminishing population of great white sharks. Media outlets speculated that Alba would be pursued and charged with vandalism.[96] On June 16, 2009, Oklahoma City police said that they would not pursue criminal charges against Alba, because none of the property owners wanted to pursue it.[97][98] Alba apologized in a statement to People magazine and said that she regretted her actions.[97] She later donated an undisclosed amount of money (over $500)[99] to the United Way, whose billboard she had obscured with one of the shark posters.[100][101][102][103]
In 2011, Alba participated in a two-day lobbying effort in Washington D.C. in support of the Safe Chemicals Act, a revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.[104][105]
Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Camp Nowhere Gail Film debut
1995 Venus Rising Young Eve
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Samantha Swoboda
Never Been Kissed Kirsten Liosis
Idle Hands Molly
2000 Paranoid Chloe
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Selima DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie
Honey Honey Daniels Teen Choice Award for Breakout Movie Star, Actress – Drama/Action Adventure, Chemistry and Liplock
Nominated
2005 Sin City Nancy Callahan MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Alma Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Fantastic Four Sue Storm / Invisible Woman Nominated – Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Hero
Into the Blue Sam
2007 Knocked Up Herself Uncredited Cameo
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Sue Storm / Invisible Woman Blimp Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
The Ten Liz Anne Blazer
Good Luck Chuck Cam Wexler Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Awake Sam Lockwood Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
2008 The Eye Sydney Wells Teen Choice Award for Actress: Horror/Thriller
Meet Bill Lucy
The Love Guru Jane Bullard
2010 Valentine's Day Morely Clarkson
The Killer Inside Me Joyce Lakeland[106]
Machete Special Agent Sartana Rivera ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress in a Drama or Adventure Movie[107]
An Invisible Sign Mona Gray
Little Fockers Andi Garcia[108][109]
2011 Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Marissa Wilson
2012 A.C.O.D. Michelle
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Lena (voice) Voice debut
Machete Kills Sartana Post-production
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Nancy Callahan Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Secret World of Alex Mack Jessica "School Dance" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"Hoop War" (Season 1, Episode 2)
"The Accident" (Season 1, Episode 1)
1995–
1997 Flipper Maya Graham Recurring character
Nominated – Young Star Award-Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program (1998)
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Christy "Too Soon for Jeff" (Season 25, Episode 1)
1996 Chicago Hope Florie Hernandez "Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope" (Season 2, Episode 18)
1998 Brooklyn South Melissa Hauer "Exposing Johnson" (Season 1, Episode 12)
1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 Leanne "Making Amends" (Season 8, Episode 23)
"The Nature of Nurture" (Season 8, Episode 25)
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Layla "Remember?" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2000–
2002 Dark Angel Max Guevara / X5-452 Lead Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2000)
Won – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2001)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Leading Young Actress (2001)
Won – Teen Choice Award for TV – Choice Actress (2001)
Won – TV Guide Award TV Guide Award for Breakout Star of the Year (2001)
Nominated TV Guide Award TV Guide Award for Actress of the Year in a New Series (2001)
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2002)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series (2002)
Nominated – Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Hero (2002)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for TV – Choice Actress-Drama (2002)
2003 MADtv Jessica Simpson "Episode #9.5" (Season 9, Episode 5)
2004 Entourage Herself "The Review" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2005 Trippin' Herself "Costa Rica" (Season 1, Episode 6)
"Honduras" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2009 The Office Sophie "Stress Relief" (Season 5, Episode 15)
Awards

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Result
2001 ALMA Award Breakthrough Actress of the Year None Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama Dark Angel Nominated
2002 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Hero Dark Angel Nominated
2005 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar of Tomorrow None Won
2006 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Fantastic Four Nominated
2007 TV Land Awards Little Screen / Big Screen Star (Women) None Nominated
Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards Hottest Jessica None Won
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Action Star None Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Leading Lady None Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Movie Star Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Won
2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Buttkicker Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D Nominated

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

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Halle Maria Berry is an American actress and former fashion model born August 14, 1966. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2013, the only woman of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a leading role. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel.

Before becoming an actress, Berry 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 1986.[4] She made her film debut in 1991 with a brief appearance in Jungle Fever. Her breakthrough is considered to be 1992's Boomerang, which led to roles in films such as The Flintstones (1994) and Bulworth (1998). In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry reached a higher level of prominence in the new millenium with roles such as Storm in the X-Men film series (2000-present), Swordfish (2001), and Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person, one of the few people to do so.

 Early life

Berry was born Maria Halle Berry, though her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry in 1971.[6] Berry's parents selected her middle name from Halle's Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio.[7] Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins),[8] who is of English and German descent, was a psychiatric nurse.[9] Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was an African American hospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked; he later became a bus driver.[7][10] Berry's maternal grandmother, Nellie Dicken, was born in Sawley, Derbyshire, England, while her maternal grandfather, Earl Ellsworth Hawkins, was born in Ohio.[11] Berry's parents divorced when she was four years old; she and her older sister Heidi[12] were raised exclusively by her mother.[7] Berry has said in published reports that she has been estranged from her father since her childhood,[7][13] noting in 1992, "I haven't heard from him since [he left]. Maybe he's not alive."[12]
Berry graduated from Bedford High School. She worked in the children's department at Higbee's Department store. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986.[4] She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 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.[14] She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago's Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World.

 Career

Berry traveled to Chicago in the late 1980s to pursue a career in modeling and acting.[16] One of her first acting projects was Chicago Force, a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions.
In 1989, Berry moved to New York City to further pursue her acting ambitions. During her early time there she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter. Later in 1989, her situation improved and she was cast in the role of model Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls, which was shot in New York and was a spin-off of the hit series Who's the Boss?.[16] 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.[16] She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial

Her film debut was in a small role for Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991), in which she played Vivian, a drug addict.[7] That same year, Berry had her first co-starring role in Strictly Business. In 1992, Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for 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: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie playing the part of "Sharon Stone", a sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.[21]
Berry tackled a more serious role, playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), starring opposite Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, shot in Australia, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.[3][22]
She starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the 1997 comedy film, B*A*P*S. In 1998, 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. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 1999 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.[7] Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.[4][23]
Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first topless scene.[24] At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially.[25] The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee.[26] Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them.[24][27] After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband, Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks.

She appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the troubled wife of an executed murderer (Sean Combs), in the 2001 feature film Monster's Ball. 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 African-American 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).[29] The NAACP issued the statement: "Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. 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."[30] Her role also generated controversy. Berry's 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.[28] Berry responded: "I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. 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."[28]
Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award. 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." Perelman stalked off in a rage.[31] Her win at the Academy Awards led to two famous "Oscar moments." In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. 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."[32] One year later, as she presented the Best Actor award, winner Adrien Brody ran on stage and, instead of giving her the standard peck on the cheek, planted a long kiss on Berry.

As Bond girl Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, Berry recreated a scene from Dr. No, emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier.[33] Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as an homage.[34] Berry has said of the scene: "It's splashy", "exciting", "sexy", "provocative" and "it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar."[28] 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 avoid catching a chill.[35] According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time.[36] Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation.[37] After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2.[38]
She starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in November 2003, during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Production was halted for eight weeks.[39] It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad.[40] Berry appeared in the Limp Bizkit music video for Behind Blue Eyes for the motion picture soundtrack for the film. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.[41]
Berry received $12.5 million for the title role in the film Catwoman,[40] a $100 million movie; it grossed $17 million on its first weekend.[42] She was awarded a "worst actress" Razzie award in 2005 for this role. She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (making her the third person, and second actor, to ever do so)[43] with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the "rock bottom" in order to be "at the top".[5] Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, "I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. 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."[29] The Fund for Animals praised Berry's compassion towards cats and for squelching rumors that she was keeping a Bengal tiger from the sets of Catwoman as a "pet."

Her next film appearance was in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, in which Berry portrayed Janie Crawford, a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. 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 (2005).[45]
Berry is involved in production of films and television. She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999, and Lackawanna Blues in 2005. Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis and 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, a new feeling of "thinking the same way", which she appreciated.[46] 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. She was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.
Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $10 million per film.[2] In July 2007, she topped In Touch magazine's list of the world's most fabulous 40-something celebrities. On April 3, 2007, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry.[47][48] As of 2011, Berry's worldwide box office gross has been more than 2.7 billion US$. In 2011, she appeared in New Year's Eve. She played one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which was released in October 2012.[49] Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and as the face of Versace. The Coty Inc. fragrance company signed Berry to market her debut fragrance in March 2008. Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.

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