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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 03:46 pm:   

I like Halle Berry too. She is Beauty Queen, but has put in some gritty, grunt work too (though I think Jolie is a superior actress.). I am still unconvinced that she has great natural talent. Her performances still appear somewhat stilted to me. Yet you can see that she seems to really earnestly work at her craft.

BTW: Halle did not win the Academy Award because of her Monster's Ball performance. And she did not win it as recompense for the scores of AA actresses who were previously denied the honor.

Halle won the Academy Award because she bravely powered the bittersweet tale of Dorothy Dandridge story into fruition after years of fits-n-starts by other wannabe impresarios. Before, Halle's Dandridge was released, there has been a pall of consternation and guilt surrounding Dorothy Dandridge since the day Dorothy died. Here was a woman who was easily the artistic equal of (& superior to most) her white peers that was viciously beaten down by racism. And so when Halle did what many before her failed to do, and gloriously did so in award-winning fashion, she helped to finally exorcise a ghost that has haunted Tinsletown for decades.

After Dandridge, Halle graduated from being just another multiracial starlet who litter LALA Land (number in the legions) into being a true Hollywood player who can get a major project done. After Dandridge, Halle effectively asserted to the Hollywood powers, "Look here good-ol'-boys. Yeah, I'm cute-n-all. So go-on and work thru yawhl lil' Jungle Fever fantasies. But now you see I can also play your whole game and make a lot of dough for you too. So give me what I'm due."

Actually, I think Halle's greatest cinematic contributions will likely occur after takes her final curtain call. With her drive, guts, instincts and charisma, Halle could easily evolve into a great movie producer, possibly even the head of a major studio.

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