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Halle Berry

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Date of Birth:14 August 1966
Birthplace:Cleveland, Ohio
First Name:Halle
Middle Name:Maria
Last Name:Berry
Height:5' 5?" (166 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Light
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:Monsters Ball
Occupation:American Actress, Former Fashion Model, & Beauty Queen.
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Halle Berry

Halle Berry (born Aug. 14, 1966 (55 years ago)) is an American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry has received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 (20 years ago) for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2009 (12 years ago), only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. She has also been involved in the production side of several of her films.

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing runner-up in the Miss USA (1986, 35 years ago), and winning the Miss USA World 1986 (35 years ago) title. Her breakthrough feature movie role was in the 1991 (30 years ago) Jungle Fever. This led to roles in The Flintstones (1994, 27 years ago), Bulworth (1998, 23 years ago), X-Men (2000, 21 years ago) and its sequels, and as Bond Girl Jinx in Die Another Day (2002, 19 years ago). She also won a worst actress Razzie Award in 2005 (16 years ago) for Catwoman and accepted the award in person.

Divorced from baseball player David Justice and musician Eric Benét, Berry has been dating French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry since Nov. 2005 (16 years ago). Their first child, a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry, was born on Mar. 16, 2008 (13 years ago).

Early life

Berry was born Maria Halle Berry, though her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry in 1971 (50 years ago). Berry's parents selected her middle name from Halle's Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins), who is Caucasian, was a psychiatric nurse. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was an African-American hospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked; he later became a bus driver. Berry's maternal grandmother, Nellie Dicken, was born in Sawley, Derbyshire, England, while her maternal grandfather, Earl Ellsworth Hawkins, was born in Ohio. Berry's parents divorced when she was four years old; she was raised exclusively by her mother. Berry has said in published reports that she has been estranged from her father since her childhood.

Berry graduated from Bedford High School, afterwards working in the children's department at Higbee's Department store. She then studied at Cuyahoga Community College. In the 1980s, she entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Teen All-American in 1985 (36 years ago) and Miss Ohio USA in 1986 (35 years ago). She was the 1986 (35 years ago) Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 (35 years ago) pageant interview competition, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media. Her interview was awarded the highest score by the judges. She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986 (35 years ago), where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago's Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World.

In 1989 (32 years ago), during the taping of the short-lived TV series Living Dolls, Berry lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1.

Acting career

In the late 1980s, Berry went to Illinois to pursue a modeling career as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a TV series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. In 1989 (32 years ago), Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC TV series Living Dolls (a spin-off of Who's the Boss). She went on to have a recurring role on the long running serial Knots Landing. In 1992 (29 years ago), Berry was cast as the love interest in the video for R. Kelly's seminal single, "Honey Love".

Her breakthrough feature movie role was in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Her first co-starring role was in the 1991 (30 years ago) movie Strictly Business. In 1992 (29 years ago), Berry portrayed a career woman who falls for Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy Boomerang. That same year, she caught the public's attention as a headstrong biracial slave in the TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Berry was in the live-action Flintstones movie as "Sharon Stone", the sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.

Playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995, 26 years ago), Berry tackled a more serious role, starring opposite co-star Jessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996, 25 years ago), which was based on a true story, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. From 1996 (25 years ago) onwards, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004 (17 years ago).

In 1998 (23 years ago), Berry received praise for her role in Bulworth as an intelligent woman raised by activists who gives a politician (Warren Beatty) a new lease on life. The same year, she played the singer Zola Taylor, one of the three wives of pop singer Frankie Lymon, in the biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love. In the 1999 (22 years ago) HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

In 2001 (20 years ago), Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the movie Monster's Ball. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild prizes, and in a pleasant irony she became the first African-American woman to receive a Best Leading Actress Academy Award (earlier in her career she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Actress). the NAACP issued the statement "Congratulations to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington for giving us hope and making us proud. If this is a sign that Hollywood is finally ready to give opportunity and judge performance based on skill and not on skin color then it is a good thing." Her role also generated controversy. Berry's graphic, nude love scene with a racist character played by co-star Billy Bob Thornton, was the subject of much media chatter and discussion among African-Americans. Many in the African-American community were critical of Berry for taking the part. Berry responded: "I don't really see a reason to ever go that far again. That was a unique movie. That scene was special and pivotal and needed to be there, and it would be a really special script that would require something like that again."

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award, and Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firms chief congratulated her, saying how happy he was that she modeled for his company. She replied: "Of course, you'll have to pay me more." Perelman stalked off with rage. Her win at the Academy Awards led to two famous "Oscar moments." In accepting her award, she gave an acceptance speech honoring previous black actresses who had never had the opportunity. she said "This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened." One year later, as she presented the Best Actor award, winner Adrien Brody ran on stage and, instead of giving her the standard peck on the cheek, planted a long kiss on Berry.

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the movie adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000, 21 years ago) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003, 18 years ago) and X-Men: The Last Stand (22 walls) (2006, 15 years ago). In 2001 (20 years ago), Berry appeared in the movie Swordfish, which featured her first on-screen nude scene. At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially. The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee. Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them. After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to make Swordfish because her husband, Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks.

Personal life

Berry at the 2003 (18 years ago) Comic-Con International in San Diego, CABerry has been married twice. Her first marriage was to former baseball player David Justice, shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, 1993 (28 years ago). The couple separated in 1996 (25 years ago) and their divorce was finalized in 1997 (24 years ago). Justice played with the Atlanta Braves and experienced a measure of fame as the team rose to prominence in the early 1990 (31 years ago). The couple found it difficult to maintain their relationship while he was playing baseball and she was filming elsewhere. Berry has stated publicly that she was so depressed after her breakup with Justice that she considered taking her own life, but she could not bear the thought of her mother finding her body.

Berry's second marriage was to musician Eric Benét. They met in 1997 (24 years ago) and married in early 2001 (20 years ago) on a beach in Santa Barbara. Berry credited Benét with support after she was involved in a Feb. 2000 (21 years ago) traffic collision, in which she suffered a concussion and left the scene of the accident before the police arrived. Some in the media complained that her misdemeanor hit and run charge was preferential treatment; she had also been the driver in an alleged hit and run incident three years earlier in which no charges were filed. The incident became fodder for comedians. Berry pled no contest, did community service, paid a fine and was placed on three years' probation. A civil lawsuit was settled out of court.

The couple separated in 2003 (18 years ago). After the separation, Berry stated, "I want love, and I will find it, hopefully". While married to Benét, Berry adopted his daughter, India. The divorce was finalized in Jan. 2005 (16 years ago).

Berry has been the victim of domestic violence, and now works to help other victims. In 2005 (16 years ago), she said "Domestic violence is something I've known about since I was a child. My mother was a victim of it. Early on in my life I made choices, and I chose men that were abusive because that was what I knew growing up...First time it happened, I knew enough to keep moving."

In Nov. 2005 (16 years ago), Berry began dating French-Canadian supermodel Gabriel Aubry, nine years her junior. The couple met at a Versace photoshoot. After six months with Aubry, she stated in an interview, "I'm really happy in my personal life, which is a novelty to me. You know, I'm not the girl that has the best relationships".

At one point, Berry had indicated that she planned to adopt children, but her experience playing a mother in Things We Lost In The Fire opened her mind to the possibility of motherhood. After initially denying rumors, she confirmed in sep. 2007 (14 years ago) that she was three months pregnant. Berry gave birth to a girl named Nahla Ariela Aubry on Mar. 16, 2008 (13 years ago) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Nahla means "honeybee" in Arabic; Ariela is Hebrew for "lion for God." Berry hired security guards after receiving racist threats to her unborn baby from a stalker saying her child will be "cut into hundreds of pieces."

At one time, Berry indicated that she did not intend to marry again, insisting the couple's life was already complete without the need for a marriage. She has stated that she hopes to have a second child right away. Aubry recently told In Touch magazine, "I'd like Nahla to have a sibling in 2009 (12 years ago)."

In the media

Berry has stated that the manner in which people have reacted to her is often the result of ignorance. Her own self-identification has been influenced by her mother. She is quoted as saying

“ After having many talks with my mother about the issue, she reinforced what she had always taught me. She said that even though you are half black and half white, you will be discriminated against in this country as a black person. People will not know when they see you that you have a white mother unless you wear a sign on your forehead. And, even if they did, so many people believe that if you have an ounce of black blood in you then you are black. So, therefore, I decided to let folks categorize me however they needed to. ”

While taping the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Oct. 19, 2007 (14 years ago), Berry displayed a distorted image (wallpaper) of her face, remarking: "Here's where I look like my Jewish cousin!" During the editing of the program, the comment was obscured by a laugh track. Berry later stated "What happened was I was backstage before the show and I have three girls who are Jewish who work for me. We were going through pictures (wallpaper) to see which ones looked silly, and one of my Jewish friends said [of the big-nose picture], 'That could be your Jewish cousin!' And I guess it was fresh in my mind, and it just came out of my mouth. But I didn't mean to offend anybody. I didn't. I didn't mean any harm. - and after the show I realized it could be seen as offensive, so I asked Jay to take it out, and he did.'"

Berry took part in a nearly 2000-house party cell-phone bank campaign for Barack Obama in Feb. 2008 (13 years ago), and said that she will "collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear."

In Oct. 2008 (13 years ago), Berry was named Esquire Magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive", about which she stated "I don't know exactly what it means, but being 42 and having just had a baby, I think I'll take it." She is quoted as saying to Esquire

“ You know that stuff they say about a woman being responsible for her own orgasms? That's all true, and, in my case, that makes me responsible for pretty damn good orgasms. They're much better orgasms than when I was 22, and I wouldn't let a man control that. Not anymore. Now, I'd invite them to participate."


Living Dolls
Knots Landing
Jungle Fever
Strictly Business
The Last Boy Scout
Queen: The Story of an American Family
Father Hood
The Program
The Flintstones
Solomon & Sheba
Losing Isaiah
Executive Decision
Race the Sun
Girl 6
The Rich Man's Wife
The Wedding
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Welcome to Hollywood
Monster's Ball
Die Another Day
X2: X-Men United
Their Eyes Were Watching God
X-Men: The Last Stand
Perfect Stranger
Things We Lost in the Fire
Frankie and Alice
Nappily Ever After


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