Halle Berry born: August 14, 1966

Childhood

Halle Berry was born to Judith Ann, a psychiatrist nurse and Jerome Jesse Berry, a hospital attendant. Halle Berry is mixed with English and German origins while her father was an African American. Her father abandoned the family when Halle was young and she was raised by her mother in a white neighborhood. She had to face a lots of racism while growing up.

EARLY LIFE

She attended Bedford High School before attending Cuyahoga Community College to study broadcast journalism. She was always participating in extra-curricular activities and served as the head cheerleader and class president. As a teenager she entered in several beauty pageants and won the Miss Teen All American in 1985 and Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She was the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant in 1986. This inspired her to ditch broadcast journalism and pursue a career as a fashion model.

CAREER

Halle moved to New York City to pursue a acting career in 1989. She struggled a lot and even had to live in a homeless shelter for a while. She was offered a role in the tv series Living Dolls which ended up being cancelled. She made her film debut in 1991 in a minor role in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. She played Vivian, a drug addict with such devotion that she got noticed for her acting skills.

She was chosen to play Dorothy Dandridge in Martha Coolidge’s television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999. She depicted the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie. Halle won several awards for this role.

In the 2000 Marvel film, ‘X-Men’, Halle played the mutant Storm who can control the weather. The film was a commercial hit.

She got the opportunity of her lifetime when she was offered the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball in 2001. Her performance in the movie was highly praised and she won several awards for it.

Halle played a psychiatrist in the movie Gothika in 2003 which her character is accused of murdering her husband and put behind bars. The film was a success.

Over the next few years Halle acted in movies like Catwoman , Robots, and Perfect Stranger. But none of these movies performed well.

In one of her more challenging roles, she played Frankie in Frankie & Alice in which she played a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has two alter egos. She received many awards and nominations for this role.

MAJOR ROLES

Halle is best known for her role as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball which she played a woman whose husband is on death row. This movie got her a huge amount of praise and made her one of the most desired actresses in Hollywood.

Her role of a popular real-life stripper and dancer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has two alter egos in the movie Frankie & Alice is one of her most challenging and praised roles.

Awards and achievements

Halle was given the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the tv film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999.

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball in 2001. She also won Black Reel Award for Best Actress and BET Award for Best Actress for the same role.

PERSONAL LIFE

Halle Berry has 2 children. A son named Maceo Robert Martinez and a daughter named Nahla Ariela Aubry.

She was married to baseball player David Justice and musician Eric Benet. Both of these marriages ended in divorce.

She was in a relationship with the model Gabriel Aubry and she had a daughter with him.

She was married to actor Olivier Martinez and they divorced in 2016.

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