*In a piece for the Daily Beast, writer Allison Samuels observes that Halle Berry is getting more attention for her personal drama than her on-screen roles.

She wonders whether the negative attention is an “Oscar curse” or a blessing.

Samuels also note that ever since Halle’s 2001 winning turn in “Monster’s Ball,” she hasn’t exactly wowed moviegoers with her choice of memorable roles. But even without a hit film since her oscar, she hasn’t had a problem staying in the public eye.

What has captivated audiences are the cinematic details of the twice-divorced 44 year old’s private life. Her failed romance with Gabriel Aubrey, the Canadian father of her 2-year-old daughter Nahla, recently dissolved into a very nasty and very public child-custody battle, complete with ugly accusations from both sides (she accused him of calling her the “N” word; he’s accused her of being verbally abusive to him and neglecting their daughter). At this point in her career, Berry would truly be hard pressed to land a role as interesting, complex, and unpredictable as her own real life.

Of course, it’s not entirely Berry’s fault that she seems to be following the same career path as Jennifer Aniston (pictured above with Berry). It’s hard to ignore the similarities between the two: Both are talented, beautiful, flawlessly stylish-and as unlucky in love as they as they seem to be with career moves.

In Berry’s case, there’s the added complication of the “Oscar curse”-a career black hole from which Best Actress winners like Charlize Theron fail to emerge. Moreover, as the first African-American woman to win Best Actress, Berry’s had to navigate uncharted territory in a town not known for creating or producing multi-faceted, non-stereotypical roles for women of color.

“Hollywood had absolutely no idea what to do with Halle after Oscar night,” says a well-known African-American filmmaker, who asked not to be identified. “Yes, it happens to white actresses who win, but it’s really brutal for women of color because there isn’t a road map. You get lost and you don’t even know it.”

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