OSCAR winner Halle Berry has unexpectedly pulled out of forthcoming HBO TV drama LACKWANNA BLUES.

The GOTHIKA beauty - who is also acting as executive producer on the show - gave no reason for dropping out of the eccentric ensemble drama.

Lackwanna Blues also stars DO THE RIGHT THING actress Rosie Perez, soul singer Macy Gray and Law And Order actor S Epatha Merkerson.

Ill health forced Berry, 37, to miss a ceremony at the SHOWEST convention in Las Vegas last Thursday (25MAR04), where she was to receive the award for FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR.

29/03/2004 21:47