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Halle Berry

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Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio to U.S. African father Jerome Berry, a former hospital attendant, and U.S. European mother Judith Berry, a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle also has an older sister named Heidi Berry. Halle first came into the spotlight at seventeen years when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant… See full bio »

Born: Halle Maria Berry

August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Halle Berry
Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Berry facing the camera.
Berry in February 2007
Born Maria Halle Berry
August 14, 1966 (age 45)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress, former model
Years active 1989–present
Spouse David Justice (m. 1992 – 1997)Eric Benét (m. 2001 – 2005)
Partner Gabriel Aubry (2005–10)
Olivier Martinez (2010–present)
Children Nahla Ariela Aubry

Halle Berry (play /ˈhæli ˈbɛri/; born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress and a former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy,Golden GlobeSAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge[2] and won an Academy Award for Best Actressand was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2012, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel.[3][4]

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant (1986), and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986.[2] She made her film debut with a small role in 1991′s Jungle Fever. This led to starring roles in The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998), X-Men (2000) and its sequels, and as Bond Girl Jinx in Die Another Day(2002). She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person—one of the few performers to do so.[5]

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[edit]Early life

Berry was born Maria Halle Berry, though her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry in 1971.[6] Berry’s parents selected her middle name from Halle’s Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio.[7] Her mother, Judith Ann (née Hawkins),[8] who is of European descent, was a psychiatric nurse. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was an African Americanhospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked; he later became a bus driver.[7][9] Berry’s maternal grandmother, Nellie Dicken, was born in Sawley, Derbyshire, England, while her maternal grandfather, Earl Ellsworth Hawkins, was born in Ohio.[10] Berry’s parents divorced when she was four years old; she and her older sister Heidi[11] were raised exclusively by her mother.[7] Berry has said in published reports that she has been estranged from her father since her childhood,[7][12] noting in 1992, “I haven’t heard from him since [he left]. Maybe he’s not alive.”[11]

Berry graduated from Bedford High School. She worked 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 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986.[2] She was the 1986 Miss USA first runner-up to Christy Fichtner of Texas. In the Miss USA 1986 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.[13] She was the first African-American Miss World entrant in 1986, where she finished sixth and Trinidad and Tobago’s Giselle Laronde was crowned Miss World.[14]

[edit]Acting career

[edit]1989–2002

In the late 1980s, Berry went to Chicago to pursue a modeling career as well as acting.[15] One of her first acting projects was a television series for local cable by Gordon Lake Productions called Chicago Force. In 1989, Berry moved to New York City to further pursue her acting ambitions. During her early time there she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter.[15][16][17] Later in 1989, her situation improved and she was cast in the role of model Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls, which was shot in New York and was a spin-off of the hit series Who’s the Boss?.[15] During the taping of which she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed withdiabetes.[18][19] After the cancellation of Living Dolls, she moved to Los Angeles.[15] She went on to have a recurring role on the long-running primetime serial Knots Landing. In 1992, Berry was cast as the love interest in the video for R. Kelly‘s seminal single, Honey Love.[20][21]

Head and shoulders shot of a smiling Berry with dark hair pulled back, wearing a lace shirt and turquoise necklace.

Berry visiting with sailors and Marines during the opening day ofFleet Week New York 2006

Her breakthrough feature film role was in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian.[7] Her first co-starring role was in the 1991 film Strictly Business. In 1992, 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 playing the part of “Sharon Stone”, a sultry secretary who seduced Fred Flintstone.[22]

Berry tackled a more serious role, playing a former drug addict struggling to regain custody of her son in Losing Isaiah (1995), starring oppositeJessica Lange. She portrayed Sandra Beecher in Race the Sun (1996), which was based on a true story, shot in Australia, and co-starred alongside Kurt Russell in Executive Decision. Beginning in 1996, she was a Revlon spokeswoman for seven years and renewed her contract in 2004.[4][23]

In 1997, Halle starred alongside Natalie Deselle Reid in the comedy film, B*A*P*S. Although panned by critics, it showed Halle’s acting versatility.In 1998, 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 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.[7]Berry’s performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe.[2][24]

Berry portrayed the mutant superhero Storm in the film adaptation of the comic book series X-Men (2000) and its sequels, X2: X-Men United(2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In 2001, Berry appeared in the film Swordfish, which featured her first nude scene.[25] At first, she refused to be filmed topless in a sunbathing scene, but she changed her mind when Warner Brothers raised her fee substantially.[26] The brief flash of her breasts added $500,000 to her fee.[27] Berry considered these stories to be rumors and was quick to deny them.[25][28] After turning down numerous roles that required nudity, she said she decided to makeSwordfish because her husband, Benét, supported her and encouraged her to take risks.[29]

In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove, the wife of an executed murderer, in the film Monster’s Ball. Her performance was awarded the National Board of Review and theScreen Actors Guild best-actress prizes; in an interesting coincidence she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actress (earlier in her career she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American to be nominated for Best Actress, and who was born at the same hospital as Berry, in Cleveland, Ohio).[30] The NAACPissued 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.”[31] 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.[29] 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.”[29]

Dressed in brown leather jacket, Berry looks up smiling.

Berry signs autographs for US soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, December 24, 1996

Berry asked for a higher fee for Revlon advertisements after winning the Academy Award, and Ron Perelman, the cosmetics firm’s 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 in a rage.[32] 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.”[33] 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.

[edit]2002–present

Upper body shot of Berry dressed in brown and gold evening gown and holding an autograph pen.

Berry in Hamburg in 2004

As Bond girl Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Johnson in the 2002 blockbuster Die Another Day, Berry recreated a scene from Dr. No, emerging from the surf to be greeted by James Bond as Ursula Andress had 40 years earlier.[34] Lindy Hemming, costume designer on Die Another Day, had insisted that Berry wear a bikini and knife as an homage.[35] Berry has said of the scene: “It’s splashy”, “exciting”, “sexy”, “provocative” and “it will keep me still out there after winning an Oscar.”[29] The bikini scene was shot in Cadiz; the location was reportedly cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.[36] According to a ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time.[37] Berry was hurt during filming when debris from a smoke grenade flew into her eye. It was removed in a 30-minute operation.[38]

After Berry won the Academy Award, rewrites were commissioned to give her more screentime for X2.[39]

In November 2003, she starred in the psychological thriller Gothika opposite Robert Downey Jr., during which she broke her arm in a scene with Downey, who twisted her arm too hard. Production was halted for eight weeks.[40] It was a moderate hit at the United States box office, taking in $60 million; it earned another $80 million abroad.[41] Berry appeared in the Limp Bizkit music video for Behind Blue Eyes for the motion picture soundtrack for the film. The same year, she was named #1 in FHM100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.[42]

Berry received $12.5 million for the title role in the film Catwoman,[41] a $100 million movie; it grossed $17 million on its first weekend.[43] She was awarded a “worst actress” Razzie award in 2005 for this role. She appeared at the ceremony to accept the award in person (making her the third person, and second actor, to ever do so)[44] with a sense of humor, considering it an experience of the “rock bottom” in order to be “at the top”.[5] Holding the Academy Award in one hand and the Razzie in the other she said, “I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It’s not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you. When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner.”[30] The Fund for Animals praised Berry’s compassion towards cats and for squelching rumors that she was keeping a Bengal tiger from the sets of Catwoman as a “pet.”[45]

Berry next appeared in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005), an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston‘s novel, in which Berry portrayed Janie Crawford, a free-spirited woman whose unconventional sexual mores upset her 1920s contemporaries in a small community. She was nominated for an Emmy for this TV film. Meanwhile, she voiced the character of Cappy, one of the many mechanical beings in the animated feature Robots (2005).[46]

Upper body shot of Berry in long sleeved red jersey and jeans with midriff slightly exposed. A crowd in is the background.

Berry on the red carpet ofRobots

In 2006, Berry, Pierce BrosnanCindy CrawfordJane SeymourDick Van DykeTea Leoni, and Daryl Hannah successfully fought the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility that was proposed off the coast of Malibu.[47] Berry said, “I care about the air we breathe, I care about the marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean.”[48] In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility.[49] Hasty Pudding Theatricalsgave her its 2006 Woman of The Year award.[50]

Berry is involved in production of films and television. She served as executive producer on Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999, andLackawanna Blues in 2005. Berry both produced and starred in the thriller Perfect Stranger with Bruce Willis and in Things We Lost in the Firewith Benicio del Toro, the first film in which she worked with a female director, Danish Susanne Bier, a new feeling of “thinking the same way”, which she appreciated.[51] Berry then starred in the film Frankie and Alice, in which she plays Frankie Murdoch, a young multiracial American women with dissociative identity disorder struggling against her alter personality to retain her true self. She was awarded the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and also was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.

Berry is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $10 million per film.[3] In July 2007, she topped In Touch magazine’s list of the world’s most fabulous 40-something celebrities. On April 3, 2007, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Kodak Theatre at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to the film industry.[52][53] As of 2011, Berry’s worldwide box office gross has been more than 2.7 billion US$. In 2011, she appeared in New Year’s Eve, and is playing one of the leads in the film Cloud Atlas, which is expected to be released in October 2012.[54] Berry has served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and also as the face of Versace. The Coty Inc. fragrance company signed Berry to market her debut fragrance in March 2008. Berry was delighted, saying that she had created her own fragrances at home by mixing scents.[55]

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