The daughter of an African-American doctor and a psychiatric hospital nurse, originally from Liverpool, Halle Berry was raised by her mother after her parents' separation. When she was 14 years old she won the title of Miss Teen All-American, later was a finalist in the Miss USA and Miss World. She studied journalism and comedy in Cleveland. After coming to Chicago she appeared in the shows The Sound of Music and The Wiz. Meanwhile, she starts a brief modelling career before receiving her first roles in television, in the series Living dolls in 1989 and A Different World in 1991. That same year, Halle Berry has a role in a film alongside Samuel L. Jackson - Jungle Fever by Spike Lee. Continuing her supporting roles, she depicts a stripper in The Last Boy Scout, stars with Eddie Murphy in Boomerang, appears both in the family movie The Flintstones as well as in Bulworth, political drama by Warren Beatty. The big step arrives in 2000 through X-men by Bryan Singer. She portrays Storm, a hero who can manipulate weather; then she comes back to the role in the sequels, in 2003 and 2006. Other important roles in her career were the action movie Swordfish and the role of a James Bond girl, alongside Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day (2002). After that came Gothika (2003) and Catwoman (2004).