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July 02, 2005 08:00 ET

Halle Berry Reaches Out To Help Mentee and Friend Canadian Actress Barbara Alexandre

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 2, 2005) - Actress, singer and dancer Barbara Alexandre returns home to Vancouver, BC on June 29, 2005 after spending two months in Hollywood learning from the best.

Two years ago, the Canadian actress was struggling. But after landing the role of stand-in for Halle Berry in the movie Gothika, her career took a different direction. The two became friends. And Halle invited Barbara back to play the same role in Catwoman.

Halle later encouraged Barbara by helping her plan a trip to Hollywood to learn Ivanna Chubbuck's acting techniques. Ivanna is Halle's private coach and was also one of Hollywood's best kept secrets until the release of her book The Power of the Actor. Her students include Charlize Theron, Djimon Housoun, Gary Shandling, Elisabeth Shue, Eva Mendez, Jessica Biel, and Eriq LaSalle.

When the actress/dancer/singer started out in her native town of Montreal, her dream was to meet and rub shoulders with the stars. She believes if she works hard and associates herself with winners, she, too, could become a winner. With persistence and a laser-focused vision, Barbara kept pressing on with an insatiable appetite to learn. Her journey to success has been full of obstacles. Rejections are common place. But the Canadian actress never loses sight of her vision.

When asked about how she feels to be mentored by one of the best in Hollywood, Barbara replies, "I feel very privileged to spend such precious time with one the finest. To me, Halle is not just a mentor. She is the sister that I never had. She is the most caring person I have ever met. Halle is definitely an angel that has brought me the key to a door that had been closed for a long time. Her mentorship is the best ship that guides my sail through the journey."

The Canadian actress has appeared in few movies and TV commercials. She is now ready for roles on the big screen. Some of her appearances include Watatatow, Cairo Calling (which has been accepted in 8 short film festivals including Women In Film And Video in Vancouver this July), Les Miserable Virginie, Coroner and

To schedule an interview, please contact Andrew Webster 604-682-5351.

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