Becoming ... Halle Berry

See the Catwoman star's evolution from beauty pageant-queen to red-carpet royalty. By Lucy Maher

  • WINNING SMILE  photo | Halle Berry

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Updated: Wednesday Jul 21, 2004 | 06:00 AM EDT

WINNING SMILE

Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Vanessa Williams were gunning to play Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (for 1954's Carmen Jones), but Berry ultimately won the role in HBO's 1999 biopic. The following year, Berry (at the film's premiere) took home an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.