This Day in Black History: March 24, 2002

Actress Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Posted: 03/24/2013 07:00 AM EDT
Halle Berry

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On March 24, 2002, acclaimed actress Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role.

Berry received the award for her performance in the film Monster’s Ball.

Her acting career began in 1991 when she landed a small role in the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever. Then, in 1999, Berry portrayed legendary actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge in the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Berry has starred in over 30 movies during her career, and in 2013, she was the recipient of a BET Honors award.

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