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Golden 'Bond Girl'

Earlier this year, Halle Berry made Academy Award history by becoming the first black woman to win the Best Actress award for her performance as Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball."

Now, she becomes the first Oscar winner to join another elite club — becoming a "Bond Girl." Berry stars as Jinx in the latest James Bond adventure, "Die Another Day."

Berry discussed her new 007 credential on The Early Show.

She says enjoys being a "Bond Girl" and believes it adds luster to the gold of her Oscar achievement. Berry says she found playing Jinx an exciting challenge because the character is Bond's intellectual equal and physical rival.

About Halle Berry

  • Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 14, 1966
  • She attended Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio
  • Attended Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, majoring in broadcast journalism before dropping out to pursue career
  • 1984: Named winner of the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing the state of Ohio
  • 1986: Became first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant; Worked as a model in Chicago
  • 1986: Won the dress competition in the Miss World pageant
  • 1989: TV debut as model Emily Franklin in ABC sitcom "Living Dolls"
  • 1991: Feature debut as a junkie in "Jungle Fever," directed by Spike Lee
  • 1993: Cast as title character in the CBS miniseries "Queen," based on Alex Haley's book
  • 1994: Cast as Rosetta Stone in "The Flintstones"; role originally had been offered to Sharon Stone
  • 1995: Portrayed the Queen of Sheba opposite Jimmy Smits in "Solomon & Sheba"; Co-starred opposite Jessica Lange in "Losing Isaiah"; played a former drug addict trying to regain custody of her son
  • 1996: Signed by Revlon to model cosmetics in print and TV advertising
  • 1998: Appeared opposite Warren Beatty in the political comedy "Bulworth"; Co-starred as one of the three wives of singer Frankie Lymon in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
  • 1999: Realized dream project by co-producing and starring in the HBO's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"; garnered Emmy Award portraying the singer-actress, the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award
  • 2000: Needed 22 stitches to close wound on her forehead received in a Feb. 23 Los Angeles car accident; later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident; driver of other car involved filed a civil suit seeking damages; lawsuit was resolved in an out-of-court settlement in May 2001
  • 2000: Featured as Storm, a mutant with the power to produce adverse weather conditions, in the big screen version of the Marvel Comic "X-Men"
  • 2001: Cast as the widow of a death row inmate who falls in love with a former prison guard in "Monster's Ball"; won Best Actress Oscar, becoming the first black woman to win in that category
  • Recently finished reprising the role of Storm in "X2," the sequel to "The X-Men", to be released May 2003