Date: 1st April 2002
American beauty Halle Berry is using the Best Actress Oscar she won last month (March 2002) to pitch for a pay rise.
The sexy star, who picked up the gong for her role in Monster's Ball (2001), is also spokesmodel for cosmetic giant Revlon.
According to friends, the actress discovered she is paid
considerably less than Cindy Crawford - her predecessor at the firm.
So Halle didn't wait long after the ceremony to ask the Revlon
boss for an Academy Awards-size pay increase.
She bumped into Ceo Ron Perelman at Sir Elton John's Post-Oscars bash and approached him with the demand.
After Perelman congratulated her on her Academy Award, she
replied, "Of course, now you'll have to pay me more."
But according to party-goers, Perelman was far from amused.
Onlookers claim he turned red and stormed off without answering Halle's plea.
Berry, 33, also hopes her victory last week (24 March 2002) will help boost her movie pay-packet.
She received just $2.6 million (£1.85 million) for her role
alongside Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball (2001), and is way behind leading lady rival Julia Roberts in the Hollywood pay league.
Roberts reportedly picked up $20 million for her role in 2000 hit
Erin Brockovich (2000).