Halle moved to New York City to pursue a acting career in 1989. She struggled a lot and even had to live in a homeless shelter for a while. She was offered a role in the tv series Living Dolls which ended up being cancelled. She made her film debut in 1991 in a minor role in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. She played Vivian, a drug addict with such devotion that she got noticed for her acting skills.
She was chosen to play Dorothy Dandridge in Martha Coolidge’s television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999. She depicted the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie. Halle won several awards for this role.
In the 2000 Marvel film, ‘X-Men’, Halle played the mutant Storm who can control the weather. The film was a commercial hit.
She got the opportunity of her lifetime when she was offered the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball in 2001. Her performance in the movie was highly praised and she won several awards for it.
Halle played a psychiatrist in the movie Gothika in 2003 which her character is accused of murdering her husband and put behind bars. The film was a success.
Over the next few years Halle acted in movies like Catwoman , Robots, and Perfect Stranger. But none of these movies performed well.
In one of her more challenging roles, she played Frankie in Frankie & Alice in which she played a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has two alter egos. She received many awards and nominations for this role.