Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, and others illuminate the gorgeous woman's potential career path

By Benjamin Svetkey
Updated June 12, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Just because you’re gorgeous doesn’t mean you can’t end up with an Oscar — or star in some reality show. To get a sense of what Megan Fox’s future might hold, EW charts the career highs and lows of some big-name beauties.

Jessica Alba
Breakout Role 2000’s Dark Angel
Sex Symbol Peak A striptease with a lasso in 2005’s Sin City
Credibility Peak Promoting voter registration (in black tape?) in 2008
Career Low Appearing with Mike Myers in 2008’s The Love Guru
Next Project The Killer Inside Me, a Texas thriller

Halle Berry
Breakout Role 1991’s The Last Boy Scout
Sex Symbol Peak Her bare-chested turn in 2001’s Swordfish
Credibility Peak Oscar for 2001’s Monster’s Ball
Career Low The Flintstones in 1994
Next Project Frankie and Alice

Angelina Jolie
Breakout Role 1998’s Gia
Sex Symbol Peak Sparring with Brad Pitt in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Credibility Peak Her moving turn as a widow in 2007’s A Mighty Heart
Career Low Playing a Roller-blading computer genius in 1995’s Hackers
Next Project Salt, a spy drama now filming

Denise Richards
Breakout Role 1997’s Starship Troopers
Sex Symbol Peak Lesbian kiss in 1998’s Wild Things
Credibility Peak Playing a ditzy American in 2003’s Love Actually
Career Low Getting booted off Dancing With the Stars
Next Project Bollywood comedy Kambakkht Ishq

Sharon Stone
Breakout Role 1990’s Total Recall
Sex Symbol Peak Her wild, seductive role in 1992’s Basic Instinct
Credibility Peak Oscar nomination for 1995’s Casino
Career Low A weird, ridiculous turn in 2006’s Basic Instinct 2
Next Project $5 a Day, a comic caper