Halle Maria Berry is a famous award winning African American model
was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America. She was
named after Halle's Department Store, a local landmark. Although
she is generally considered African American, she is biracial,
with a white English-born mother, Judith Ann Hawkins, and a
black American father, Jerome Berry. Halle's parents divorced
when she was four years old and she was subsequently raised
by her mother, a psychiatric-ward nurse. Halle has an older
was a popular student at her high school and was a cheerleader,
honor society member, editor of the school paper, class president,
and prom queen. She subsequently attended Cuyahoga Community
an actress, Halle entered several beauty
queen contests including Miss Ohio USA, Miss Teen All American,
Miss USA, and Miss World. Her talents as an actress have often
been overshadowed by her physical beauty.
In the late
1980's, Halle Berry went to Chicago to pursue a modeling career
as well as acting. One of her first acting projects was a television
series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called "Chicago
breakthrough feature film role was in "Jungle Fever"
where she played a drug addict named Vivian. Her first costarring
role was in the film "Strictly Business." Another
one of her early roles was in a supporting capacity in the Flintstones
movie where she played "Sharon Stone." She played
the superhero Storm in 2000 in the successful film, X-Men. "Gothika"
was the first film that she "carried," i.e., the film
focusing entirely on her.
won the best actress Oscar in 2002 for Monster's Ball, becoming
the first African American woman to win this award. Interestingly,
Berry had played Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American
woman to be nominated for a best actress Academy Award, in HBO's
"Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" in 1999. Another similarity
the two women shared was being born in the same hospital.
2000, Halle Berry was involved in a automobile accident when
she struck another vehicle after running a red light and left
the scene before the police arrived. Halle, who had sustained
a head injury, later stated she had no recollection of the accident
and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge. She paid a fine,
made restitution to the other driver, performed community services,
and was placed on three years probation.
refused to do any nude scenes, much was made of Halle's first
topless scene in the film Swordfish, a thirty second scene for
which she was allegedly paid an additional $500,000. Halle followed
this with a more graphic nude love scene in Monster's Ball.
has been married twice. Her first marriage in 1992 to baseball
player David Justice ended in a divorce in 1996. Her second
marriage in 2001 to musician Eric Benét has resulted
in a 2003 separation.
Berry had her first child on the 16th of March 2008 with French-Canadian
model Gabriel Aubry. They called their child Nahla Ariela Aubry.
has diabetes and is partially deaf.