Movie Stars Who Turned to TV

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  • Halle Berry
  • Kerry Washington
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Blair Underwood
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Diahann Carroll

Kerry Washington in Scandal

While Halle Berry was the first Black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress, Washington was the first in forty years to headline a network series. The actress, who became a Hollywood darling with roles in Ray and The Last King of Scotland, saw her star shoot up when she joined Shonda Rhimes' addictive drama about a political fixer having an illicit affair with the President. Hopefully next year she'll set a new milestone and become the first Black woman to win a Best Actress Emmy in her category.

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