She created Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project, an organization that is committed to create a safer, healthier life for the poverty-stricken children and communities in South Africa, especially focusing on those with HIV/AIDS.
The Cleveland, Ohio native has been breaking barriers for African-American women in the entertainment industry throughout her life. She grew up participating in beauty contests; she was crowned Miss Teen All-American in 1985, Miss Ohio USA in 1986, and the 1986’s Miss USA runner-up.
She became the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986. She broke into Hollywood portraying the first African-American actress nominated for an Emmy in the television biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
After starring in Monster’s Ball in 2001, Berry again broke down racial walls when she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award. She has a baby girl with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.
Berry had to overcome deep personal issues in her life. Berry has been around domestic violence since her childhood; both she and her mother were abused. In addition, at age 23, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
As a result, she has never taken her fame for granted. She volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Association and the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is also recognised for her humanitarian efforts for race relations.
One of Hollywood’s most profitable Australian imports, Kidman was actually born in Hawaii to Aussie parents. She married her Days of Thunder costar Tom Cruise in 1990; they went on star together in two more movies that decade, Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut.
However, she did not hit international success until she played Batman’s love interest in the blockbuster Batman Forever, the second-highest grossing film in 1995.
She garnered her first Academy Award nomination in 2001 for Moulin Rouge!, finally winning the Best Actress award two years later as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
After the high-profile divorce to Cruise, Kidman eventually got hitched to country crooner Keith Urban in 2006.
They have a daughter together. Kidman is the current Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She advocates for women’s rights and breast cancer research.
Conviction is released 14th January