Became first runner-up in Miss USA Pageant
Co-starred as one singer Frankie Lymon's the three wives in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"
Portrayed title character in thriller "The Rich Man's Wife"
Took on feline superhero role in poorly received "Catwoman"
Landed female lead in action feature "Swordfish"
Cast as the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone in live-action "The Flintstones"
Won Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing state of Ohio
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Starred in psychological horror feature "Gothika"
Won dress competition in Miss World pageant
Co-starred with Benicio Del Toro in "Things We Lost in the Fire"
Played recurring role of Frank's girlfriend Debbie Porter on "Knots Landing" (CBS)
Signed by Revlon to model cosmetics in print and TV advertising
Made TV debut as model Emily Franklin on ABC sitcom "Living Dolls"
Cast as title character in CBS miniseries "Queen," based on book by Alex Haley
Produced HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's play about a boarding house in Lackawanna, NY
Reprised role of Storm in superhero sequel "X2"
Reprised role of Storm in "X-Men: The Last Stand"
Worked as a model in Chicago, IL
Produced and starred in "Tulia," which reunited her with Billy Bob Thornton
Played multiracial woman with dissociative identity disorder in "Frankie and Alice"
Cast in ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
Starred in thriller "The Call" as a veteran 911 operator
Led the case of crime drama "Kidnap"
Appeared in period drama "Kings"
Featured as Storm, a mutant with power to produce adverse weather conditions in "X-Men"
Portrayed Jinx opposite Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in "Die Another Day"
Appeared opposite Warren Beatty in political comedy "Bulworth"
Made feature debut, playing a junkie in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"
Played a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in "Losing Isaiah," co-starring Jessica Lange
Realized dream project by co-producing and starring in HBO biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"
Cast as the widow of a death row inmate who falls in love with a former prison guard in Marc Forster's "Monster's Ball"; became first black woman to win Best Actress Academy Award
Starred in adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (ABC)
Returned as Storm in "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Landed first starring role on television in the science fiction series "Extant"
Appeared as herself in "Kevin Hart: What Now?"
Was featured in action adventure sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"