Halle Berry (Halle Maria Berry) was born on 14 August, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA to Judith Ann Hawkins and Jerome J. Berry. Her mother Judith is a Liverpudlian and father Jerome is African American. Halle has a older sister, Heidi. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. Halle and Heidi was grew up with their mother, who was a psychiatric nurse. Halle was a popular student in school as she was a cheerleader, editor of the school newspaper, honor society member, class president and prom queen. She has attended a Bedford High School and attended Cuyahoga Community College, studied broadcast journalism.
Before enter into acting career, Halle has won numerous beauty contests including Miss Ohio USA (at 17), Miss Teen All-American, Miss USA 1986 (first runner-up), and Miss World 1986.
In 1980, Halle went to Chicago to pursue career in modeling and acting. Her first acting project was a TV series of Gordon Lake Productions "Chicago Force". Halle has also auditioned for a role in an updated Charlie's Angels television series. But she didn't get the role because the project never materialized. In 1989, Halle got a role in ABC television series "Living Dolls" as a brainy Emily Franklin.
While Berry got a break in films as a drug addict, Vivian in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever". She first co-starred in film "Strictly Business". Her next film was the villain/friend in the Flintstones as "Sharon Stone". In 1996, Halle landed a role of Sandra Beecher in "Race the Sun". The film was based on a true story. While Berry got her first attention with Alex Haley's TV adaptation "Queen: The Story of an American Family", where she played a portrayal as a female biracial slave.
Halle is also popular in X-Men comic fans because she played a role of the regal mutant Storm in movie adaptation of a comic X-Men i.e. X-Men (2000) and its sequels "X2: X-Men United (2003)" and "X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)". Yet the best has come to her, in 2001 Halle appeared in "Monster's Ball(2001)", for which she got the Academy Award as a Best Actress. In 2002, she appeared as a Bond Girl Jinx in "Die Another Day", which was again a huge success.
In 2003, Berry was appeared in "Gothika", which was a psychological thriller casted opposite Charles S. Dutton. It was first film in which she landed a most important role. Next Halle was starred in "Catwoman", which earned her a "worst actress" Razzie award (2005). In 2005, she casted in the TV movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and given her voice to the animated film "Robots".
Apart from acting Halle is also working with author Angela Nissel as an executive producer to produce an HBO comedy series "The Broke Diaries and Mixed: My Life in Black and White", which is based on Nissel's two memoirs. Halle has also worked as the face of "Revlon" cosmetics and was recently picked as the new face of "Versace".
Halle's upcoming projects include the thriller "Perfect Stranger" opposite Bruce Willis and "Things We Lost in the Fire" with Benicio Del Toro.
Halle's Personal Life:
Halle is currently dating Gabriel Aubry (a Canadian model). They met at a Versace photo shoot.
Halle had married Eric Benét (musician) in 2001, divorced in 2005.
Halle has also married David Justice (baseball player) in 1992, divorced in 1996.
Halle has also dated Rey-Phillip Santos (actor) and Michael Ealy (co-star of "Their Eyes Were Watching God").
Year Movie Name Role
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire -
2007 Perfect Stranger Ro
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Ororo Munroe/Storm
2005 Robots (voice) Cappy
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV) Janie Starks
2004 Catwoman Patience Phillips/Catwoman
2003 Gothika Miranda Grey
2003 "Saturday Night Live" - Episode #29.3 (TV Episode) Host
2003 X2 Storm/Ororo Munroe
2002 Die Another Day Jinx
2001 Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
2001 Swordfish Ginger Knowles
2000 X-Men Ororo Munroe/Storm
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV) Dorothy Dandridge
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Zola Taylor
1998 Bulworth Nina
1998 "Frasier" - Room Service (TV Episode) (voice) Betsy
1998 The Wedding (TV) Shelby Coles
1998 "Mad TV" - Episode #3.12 (TV Episode) Host
1997 B*A*P*S Nisi
1996 The Rich Man's Wife Josie Potenza
1996 Race the Sun Miss Sandra Beecher
1996 Executive Decision Jean, Flight Attendant
1995 Losing Isaiah Khaila Richards
1995 Solomon & Sheba (TV) Nikhaule/Queen Sheba
1994 The Flintstones Rosetta Stone
1993 The Program Autumn Haley
1993 Father Hood Kathleen Mercer
1993 "Queen" (mini) TV Series Queen
1992 Boomerang Angela Lewis
1979 "Knots Landing" (1979) TV Series Debbie Porter
1991 The Last Boy Scout Cory
1991 Strictly Business Natalie
1991 Jungle Fever Vivian
1991 "They Came from Outer Space" - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (TV Episode) Rene
1991 "A Different World" - Love, Hillman-Style (TV Episode) Jaclyn
1991 "Amen" - Unforgettable (TV Episode) Claire
1989 "Living Dolls" TV Series Emily Franklin
Halle Berry - Producer Filmography
Year Movie Name Role
2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV) Executive producer
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV) Executive producer
Halle Berry - Quotes
"The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings."
"I understand now that 'special love' exists between two people when the passions lie beneath the surface."
"I carried my Oscar to bed with me. My first and only three-way happened that night."
"Being thought of as "a beautiful woman" has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Beauty is essentially meaningless."
"I know that there is a God - the God within me that's always present and will protect me. I'm not afraid to climb any mountain, because I know that I'm protected. Even if I fall and die, I'm still protected. My faith is on that level."
"I meditate and pray all the time. The faith and respect that I have in the power of God in my life is what I've used to keep myself grounded,, and it has allowed me to move away from the storms that were in my life. I'm still a work in progress, but I know that as long as I stay close to God I'll be all right."
"Blackness is a state of mind and I identify with the black community. Mainly, because I realized, early on, when I walk into a room, people see a black woman, they don't see a white women. So out of that reason alone, I identify more with the black community."
"I don't see a white woman. I see a black woman, even though my mother is white [her father Jerome is black]. Knowing that has made my life easier, I think."
"We've become obsessed with beauty and the fountain of youth and, frankly, I'm really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that."
"The worst thing a man can ever do is kiss me on the first date."
"I think it's always best to be who you are."
"On women who have plastic surgery When my husband wears this kind of oil, I'm like a puppy."
"I spent a lot of time with a crown on my head."
"While being called beautiful is extremely flattering, I would much rather be noticed for my work as an actress."
"I wish all men were like dogs."
Birth Name: Halle Maria Berry
Nickname: Hannah Little
Birth Date: 14 August, 1968
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5\' 7
Education: Bedford High School, Cuyahoga Community College, studied broadcast journalism.
Profession: An American actress and model.
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Born on 14 August, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Halle is a African-American actress and a former fashion model. She is popularly known as a Academy winner actress of \"Monster\'s Ball(2001)\", and is the first African-American to win the Academy Award as a Best Actress.
Halle made her acting debut with a TV series \"Chicago Force\". Later appeared in \"Living Dolls\". Her breakthrough film was a Spike Lee\'s \"Jungle Fever\" in 1991. Next appeared in many TV productions and films. Halle\'s well known movies include \"Strictly Business\", \"X-Men\" and its sequels, a Bond film \"Die Another Day\", \"Gothika\" , \"Catwoman\", and \"Their Eyes Were Watching God\".
As she was worked for \"Revlon\" cosmetics, recently picked by \"Versace\" as their new face. Upcoming movies of Halle include the thriller \"Perfect Stranger\" with Bruce Willis and \"Things We Lost in the Fire\" with Benicio Del Toro. Halle is also working as an executive producer with author Angela Nissel to produce an HBO comedy series \"The Broke Diaries and Mixed: My Life in Black and White\", which is based on Nissel\'s two memoirs.
This beautiful and talented actress is now one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, commanding $14 million each for Gothika and Catwoman. Halle is currently dating a Canadian model Gabriel Aubry (met at a Versace photoshoot).