Halle Berry tapped for Lansing nod

Actress will be honored at THR's Women in Ent. breakfast

Halle Berry will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's 18th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast presented by Lifetime.

Hilary Swank and Eva Longoria Parker also will participate in the Dec. 4 breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Once again, the event is held in conjunction with the publication of THR's "Power 100: Women in Entertainment" special issue, which highlights the top 100 women in the motion picture and television industries.

"In 1992, THR was the first to recognize the importance of paying tribute to the women who play a significant role in shaping the entertainment industry. We applaud all initiatives that recognize the importance of women in all aspects of business and philanthropy," said Eric Mika, THR publisher and vp of the Nielsen Entertainment & Media Group.

"There is no bigger or better event than THR's Power 100: Women in Entertainment breakfast in bringing together and acknowledging so many influential and dynamic women in the entertainment industry."

Berry joins past recipients Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Glenn Close in receiving the Lansing award. The actress will be honored for her trailblazing within the industry and for her generosity in giving back to the community at large.

"The complex role that Halle Berry plays in life as a successful, versatile entertainment professional who is committed to furthering the well-being of others, especially minorities, is as inspiring as are her film roles," THR editor Elizabeth Guider said. "The recognition is also wonderfully fitting in a year in which diversity has been embraced and rewarded at the highest levels of our government and culture."

Berry, the first African-American woman to win the best actress Oscar, is the national spokesperson for the Jenesse Center, a nonprofit that provides support to heal families victimized by domestic violence.

Swank, a two-time Oscar-winning best actress, will deliver the keynote remarks at the breakfast. Multiple award-winner Longoria Parker will present at the event.
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